San Juan election ballots violate Utah Constitution

This year’s election in Monticello Utah will fill three vacant city council seats as well as allow citizens to vote yes or no on a new Gas Tax.  Generally the county puts out a voter’s guide to help voter’s become more informed with who is running for office, but not this year. This year when my mail-in ballot arrived there was no voters guide.  I contacted the county clerk’s office to see where the guide was and was told that the company printing and mailing the guide had not sent them…

How Much Debt Does Utah Have?

How much debt does Utah actually have? And how will that debt affect Utah’s ability to fund important priorities in coming years?  Utah’s historical measure of its general obligation debt is higher than average for states with a AAA debt rating, but other liabilities might raise it higher still.  Only prudent policy will allow Utah to plan for the future.   Did you know that the Utah Constitution imposes constitutional limits on the amount of debt the state can carry? From Article XIV, Section 1: To meet casual deficits or failures in…

Board must do what’s best for students [The Hub Debate]

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This is  a Hub Debate on the role of boards of education. For more background, read this.  Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. The question is: “Who do you think the board should serve?  Parents? Students? Why?“ The Utah Constitution requires the State Board of Education to serve the students who participate in the public education system even if that service conflicts with the preferences of their parents. The Utah Constitution vests control over the public education system in the State Board of Education: “The general control and…

Utah Should Support Parents Role In Children’s Education [The Hub Debate]

This is  a Hub Debate on the role of boards of education. For more background, read this.  Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. The question is: “Who do you think the board should serve?  Parents? Students? Why?“ It is a constitutional right for parents to have primary control over their child’s education and it is state law that the State be supportive of the parents’ primary role. Additionally, both the Supreme Court and Natural Law support the right of parents to direct our children’s education. Even while the…

Serving Parents is the Best Way to Serve Students [The Hub Debate]

This is  a Hub Debate on the role of boards of education. For more background, read this.  Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. The question is: “Who do you think the board should serve?  Parents? Students? Why?“ “Who should members of the State Board of Education serve – parents or students?” is a great example of the twisted kind of thinking being perpetuated by some of Utah’s highest ranking educrats. To serve students directly would bypass parents as the primary decision maker, so who does the USBE…

Two Kingdoms, Faith, and Freedom for All

For religious believers (as the vast majority of Utahns are), this world is made up of two kingdoms: the kingdom of God (or Gods), and the kingdom of men. These kingdoms are very different. They have different languages. They have different customs. They have different laws. They have different leaders. Believers owe allegiance to both kingdoms: the spiritual and the temporal. As Isaac Backus, a Baptist leader and influential advocate of religious freedom during the Founding generation, explained, the kingdoms “are distinct in their nature, and ought never to be…