Digital Natives, Devices and Education Funding [Holly on the Hill]

We have been hearing a lot lately about education funding, WPUs, and one-to-one but we haven’t spent as much time talking about those who really matter: the kids. Those kids who are already in the school system and those who will be entering it in the next few years have a distinct advantage over those of us who are their parents and grandparents. They are digital natives. Unlike those of us who are digital immigrants (born before the mid-90’s), digital natives live in a world where they are fluent in…

Cut From the Same Cloth?

There is a fundamental question making its way around the Capitol this session: should taxes be tied to users? For example, should those that drive more pay more for roads through gas taxes or tolls? Or should those directly utilizing our public schools pay more towards education? These items never quite correlate exactly, but there has always been a sense especially among conservatives that user taxes are better policy.

Bill Review: HB60 could dismantle municipal fiber networks

Rep. R. Curt Webb recently introduced HB60, a bill that would place very strong limits on municipal fiber optic networks in Utah. An analysis of the bill shows that it is squarely targeted at the UTOPIA fiber optic network, an interlocal agency that counts 18 Utah cities as members. While it’s not unusual to get a bill attempting to further limit expansion or creation of municipal fiber networks, HB60 goes much further by preventing the networks from doing things they are currently allowed to do, apparently with no grandfather clause.

Comparing SB100 and Municipal Anti-discrimination Ordinances

One of the perennial hot topics during the legislative session is a statewide anti discrimination bill that would prohibit discrimination in housing and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The first municipality to adopt a sexual-orientation anti-discrimination ordinance was Salt Lake City, which adopted it in November 2009 with the support of the LDS Church.  Incidentally, my view is that the LDS Church was very shrewd in its support of the ordinance.  By throwing its weight behind the ordinance it was able to secure specific religious…