Senator Hillyard Has It Right On Raising the Rainy-Day Fund Cap

By Derek Monson Last week, Senator Lyle Hillyard posted to The Senate Site that he and Representative Dean Sanpei would be sponsoring legislation to raise the limits on the general and education rainy-day funds (or budget reserves) which are currently at 8 percent and 9 percent of the previous year’s budget, respectively. Their proposal would raise these limits to 9 percent of the last year’s budget for the general rainy-day fund, and 11 percent for the education rainy-day fund. This proposal is the right thing to do for Utah taxpayers…

It’s Time to Cease the “Tail Wagging” by the Anti-Common Core Crowd

(Note: In this post, Kim Burningham speaks in his own behalf. The point of view expressed in this blog does not necessarily represent any organization of which he is or has been a part.) A uniquely American phrase—the tail wagging the dog—can be traced to the late 1800s. In 2015, I note a modern application in Utah.   Some strident fringe groups have been shouting so loud about their fears of the common core that the whole education system has been shaken. This is unfortunate, and it time for such distortion…

2015 Utah Legislative Update from Ken Ivory – 2/5/15

It’s hard to believe that we are already into the third week of the legislation session. Normally, years begin a bit calmer, but this session has started out with a bang. An Educational Meeting with the Future Leaders from Around the World During week two of the legislative session, I had the privilege of addressing a group of future leaders from all over the world. They asked for a briefing about the public lands issue.  These leaders were absolutely shocked that the federal government owns a majority of the land…

Sen. Mike Lee Tele-Townhall Meeting – Feb 11, 2015 [LIVE]

Senator Mike Lee Tele-Town Hall

Tonight, starting at 7 PM MST, Utah Politico Hub will carry Senator Mike Lee’s Tele-Town Hall meeting on the channel below. Participants to the tele-town hall will be able to ask questions directly to the Senator as well as watch answers to questions from other constituents. Senator Mike Lee holds tele-town halls each month. Utah Politico Hub believes that sharing this broadcast is in line with its mission to help enhance political dialogue. We believe that a more informed population will make better decisions, engage in more and better dialogue with their…

Vaccines are generally safe, so why indemnify drug companies?

Trying to pick a favorite side in the anti-vaxxers versus anti-anti-vaxxers online street fight is pretty exhausting. Two groups of under-informed zealots going off half-cocked on each other usually makes for good entertainment, but this one is more like watching an episode of 60 Minutes featuring People of Wal-Mart. Vaccines are, generally speaking, perfectly safe with obvious exceptions for immunocompromised kids, like mine. One thing that should be concerning all around, though, is why the vaccine makers hardly have any skin in the game at all. Yes, you read that correctly. The National…