Proposition #1 on the Utah Ballot proposes to put our kids first by significantly increasing funding for education by increasing the gas tax by 10 cents a gallon.
Unfortunately, this is misleading and incorrect.
In this Standard-Examiner guest editorial, Jonathan Johnson helps us see that the “Utah Constitution specifically limits how the state may spend gasoline fees, taxes, and other charges.”
The Constitution specifically allows, Johnson explains, gas taxes to be used for “funding driver safety, road construction and upkeep, driver education, and traffic law enforcement (see Article XIII, Section 5(6)). It does not include public education or local schools…”
“The Utah Constitution is clear,” Johnson continues, “that public education funding must come from property and income taxes.”
This is just one of three viable points Johnson illustrates why voting yes on Proposition 1 is a bad choice for Utah families.
I support and agree with Jonathan Johnson assertion we can find better ways to educate kids.
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