Damschen, Gordon, and Donaldson: A proposal to put more money into Utah schools

Written by David Damschen (State Treasurer), Natalie Gordon (School Children’s Trust Specialist), and Tim Donaldson (School Children’s Trust Director). Senator Ann Millner and Representative Mel Brown are proposing SJR12, an amendment to the state constitution that, if passed by 2/3 of the legislature and approved by voters, will increase and stabilize the distribution from the permanent State School Fund through the School LAND Trust program. A corresponding bill, SB109, details the formula that will be used for the distribution. The goal of the amendment is to insure that the distribution from…

When to Write a Bill and When Not To: Or is the Utah Legislature Going to the Dogs?

This past week Utah State Senator Aaron Osmond made news with the announcement that he would be carrying a bill in the Utah Legislature to designate the golden retriever as Utah’s ‘official state domestic animal’.  The idea for the bill came from a fourth grade elementary school class in his district. I love experiential learning.  It is essential for Utah students to not just learn about our system of government, but they should also experience it.  But even with that belief, do I support the bill? No. I understand the temptation…