Punishing the children of illegal immigrants: There’s something wrong with this picture.

(cross-posted to Utah LegislatureWatch)NOTE:  There is a lot of discussion occuring at the ULW Facebook page - search for "Utah Legislature Watch". A prospective college student wishes to enroll at the University of Utah but lives in Wyoming.  To avoid paying out of state tuition, this student moves to Utah and obtains employment and after residing … Continue reading Punishing the children of illegal immigrants: There’s something wrong with this picture.

Still We Rise

The last day of the Utah Legislature for 2010 saw a rally by students called “Still We Rise”, a group of activists, students and community members which unveiled  a “Student Bill of Rights.” (Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)Rally Statement:“We the Communities take back the power to declare our inalienable rights that have been … Continue reading Still We Rise

Education: Everyone’s “bag”

Education is always a hot topic in the Legislature and this year is no exception.  Issues such as how to keep our students safe, how to best educate them with the funding provided, what and what not to teach them, class size…..the list is overwhelming.  The education of our children is and should be high … Continue reading Education: Everyone’s “bag”

Affirmative Action: A Thing Of The Past?

Some Utah Legislators hope so. HJ24 Equal Treatment by Government is moving faster than one can say “equal rights”.  The Resolution is aimed at eliminating Affirmative Action and would require an amendment to Utah’s Constitution, which would be up to the voters to ratify in the November election. Ward Connerly, a former member of the … Continue reading Affirmative Action: A Thing Of The Past?

Outlining Priorities: Guv’s State of the State

Utah Legislature Watch)Governor Herbert delivered his first State of the State Addretonight. His priorities including keeping taxes from being raised, holding public education harmless from budget cuts, transportation, and legislative ethics reform. For the first time in three years, we are expecting an increase in revenue for the upcoming fiscal year. Housing is beginning to stabilize, … Continue reading Outlining Priorities: Guv’s State of the State

Let the Games Begin!

(cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)Today’s opening of the Utah Legislature will bring  a variety of  issues in the spotlight, among them being: The Budget- addressing the “shortfall” and how/if to use the “rainy day” fund and other measures to generate revenue -  and within the budget debate are the hot topics of public and higher … Continue reading Let the Games Begin!

Hard economic times and cost of tuition making college education further from reality for some

Higher education was not exempt from the figurative slash of the knife in its budget this year by the Utah legislature. Lawmakers cut 9% from higher education’s funding, resulting inemployee furloughs and layoffs and  higher tuition for students pursuing their education at Utah colleges.  It is anticipated that future years will see even more cuts … Continue reading Hard economic times and cost of tuition making college education further from reality for some