What’s next? A voucher to buy a Mercedes for those who don’t want to ride TRAX?


(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Candice Pierucci on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.

Utahns all around the state must be contacting their state representatives and demanding they vote no on HB331, a college voucher invoice euphemistically referred to as “scholarships” by Rep. Candice Pierucci, R-Riverton.

These “scholarships” don’t have anything to do with scholarly exercise and certainly will result in much less scholarly efficiency by Utah’s public faculties.

Utah voters soundly reject vouchers in 2007 however our paternalistic state legislators who consider they know higher than Utah voters proceed to push for voucher methods we don’t need.

As somebody with out youngsters, however who benefited vastly from a public training, I’m joyful to have my tax {dollars} assist a public college system obtainable to everybody. Make no mistake, this regulation is just not about giving college option to the poor – it could make what’s a free training at the moment, a few $3,000 per 12 months training given the value distinction between the typical non-public college tuition and most voucher worth.

What household of 4 dwelling on $54K per 12 months goes to decide to spend $6000 a 12 months for the 2 youngsters for tuition?

What is going to occur is cash will likely be diverted away from the general public faculties, leaving severely underfunded faculties for already struggling poor households. This regulation has nothing to do with college selection for the poor, and every little thing to do with giving authorities handouts to the already well-off to allow them to select to ship their youngsters to a non-public college and get out of paying their share of the tax burden for public faculties. What’s subsequent, Rep. Pierucci? Will Utah taxpayers be giving me a voucher to purchase a Mercedes since I select that over using TRAX?

David Taylor, Salt Lake Metropolis

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