On an Article V Convention and a Balanced Budget Amendment

In a myview op-ed in the Christmas Eve Deseret News (posted online December 26, 2015), Kyle Maichle of the Heartland Institute defends the Article V constitutional amendment process, arguing that we have nothing to fear from it. Curiously, he omits the strongest argument for his position (or the DesNews editors took it out – not at all unlikely) and completely ignores the substantive problem with the present Article V drive (sometimes known as Con-Con). For those coming in late, the Constitution of the United States provides for two methods for…

Sen. Lyle Hillyard: Tis the Season to be Jolly

As we are getting ready to announce the revenue figures, which will guide our budget work this upcoming session, a familiar poem came to my mind: T’was the night before Christmas (revenue announcements) and all through the House (and Senate as well), Not a creature was stirring except for a mouse (aka Fiscal Analyst). The stockings (budget requests) were all hung by the chimney (EAC chairs offices) with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. It is our plan to announce the new revenue figures on December…

Room to improve: Utah ranks 11th best for fiscal solvency

By Derek Monson Utah has a well-earned reputation as one of the best-managed states in the nation. But according to George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, Utah is the 11th best state in the nation in terms of its fiscal health. These rankings were compiled after a researcher at the academic institution analyzed the financial statements of all 50 states. This analysis looked at five areas of fiscal solvency individually, before combining them into one ranking of overall fiscal health. The five areas were: (1) cash on hand vs. short-term bills,…

On Balancing Our Budget & 2015’s HJR7

On Balancing Our Budget & 2015’s HJR7

“Our Utah State Constitution requires the state legislature to balance the budget each year. And we do. We have a constitutional debt limit as well, preventing us from borrowing too much money. We take pride in being the best-managed state in the nation. It’s not always easy. There are lots of things we do without, sacrifices and priorities we have to make. But in the end, it is worth it to bring stability and certainty to our economy, and most importantly our citizens. Contrastingly, each year our national debt grows…