A proposed constitutional amendment to allow income tax revenue to be used for purposes other than education. Does the proposed change provide for adequate funding for K-12 and higher education.
I am hopeful that the proposed constitutional amendment will be good for education. One of the major linchpins of the original agreement was a 6% increase in the WPU. The legislature engaged multiple education stakeholders to craft legislation that in the end was endorsed widely. This is a welcome step that will serve education well over the long run. The general consensus that has been voiced by many is that this constitutional amendment will guarantee both funding and revenue for education. I always have some hesitancy whenever the term guarantee is used regarding money and government, but I like that a coalition was established. This all occurred before Covid-19 took its toll on the Utah economy.
I am again hopeful that legislative leaders will once again engage education stakeholders in the inevitable discussions regarding the fiscal impact of Covid-19 on education. Leadership that can build consensus during difficult times is absolutely essential. I am concerned that some harm was done when the legislature, during the most recent session, passed legislation that was opposed by a majority of education stakeholders . My greatest concern is that this action will have a negative impact on the necessary budgetary discussions in the near future.
Posted on 29 May 2020, 22:55 - Category: Political Viewpoints