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Utah Legislature indicators off on repeal of straight-party voting

Since 2013, Rep. Patrice Arent has sponsored the identical invoice — amongst different payments — yearly: a repeal of the choice on Utah ballots to help all of the candidates of a selected occasion with a single vote. Initially, the Milcreek Democrat’s proposal was useless on arrival on the Republican-controlled Legislature. Final yr, the invoice made it out of committee and thru the Home solely to “die on the board” as it’s referred to as on the Capitol, failing to be heard within the Senate earlier than the stroke of…

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Utah’s largest academics union indicators on to compromise plan for faculties funding

Utah’s governor and legislative leaders linked arms — actually — with the state’s largest academics union on Wednesday, saying unified help for compromise laws that would considerably alter the funding mannequin for public training if voters approve it. The Utah Schooling Affiliation had become a notable holdout on the plan after a number of education-related organizations formally endorsed it. However Wednesday’s announcement included a serious concession by lawmakers, who agreed to extend per-student spending by 6% — or greater than $200 million — matching the UEA’s main funds request for…

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Don Gale: Trillion-dollar deficits are indicators of weak point, not power

One trillion {dollars} ($1,000,000,000,000.00). That’s how a lot our government borrowed last year to maintain up with its payments: In different phrases, we paid out one trillion {dollars} extra in bills than we collected in taxes. No surprise the financial system seems to be good. Any financial system might seem affluent with a trillion {dollars} of borrowed cash. Not solely that, however President Trump’s proposed funds this yr can be no less than one trillion {dollars} quick. If he has his method, we’ll go in debt no less than a…

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