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Monday, February 06, 2006


One piece of legislation that promises to leave an enduring legacy in terms of reputation, economy and culture is the Utah Science, Technology and Research initiative (USTAR). In fact, in the years to come we may well regard this as the most significant piece of legislation to be considered in the 2006 Legislative Session.

The good folks at Utah Policy Daily have compiled a helpful cache of information on the subject.

Call it USTAR 101.


Blogger The Senate Site said...

You can listen to the Senate USTAR Discussion here.

2/06/2006 7:08 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

There is a web page for USTAR ... ustaredi.org.

Now for the snipey comment ... I thought Utah was going the Intelligent Design route. If ID is true; it would be better for Utah to skip the research stuff that scientists waste their time on. Instead we should concentrate on divining first principles from revelation.

I am getting mixed messages here.

2/07/2006 2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I understand it, SB 75 appropriates $50 million from income tax revenue for USTAR buildings. I didn't know that income tax revenue could be spent on economic development. I thought the Constitution required that it be spent on Higher and Public Education.

2/08/2006 1:38 PM  
Anonymous The Senate Site said...

Good question.

The short answer is yes.

The USTAR Initiative is economic development, but it is also education.

Our constitution requires that income tax revenue must be spent on either Public or Higher Education. Income tax money could be spent on USTAR projects because the buildings will be an integral part of the University of Utah and Utah State University.

At this point in time the legislature has not determined the exact source for USTAR funding.

2/08/2006 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've read about USTAR on its site, in SB 75, in committee meetings, and in the newspaper. The only mention of education has been your response to my comment.

2/08/2006 5:37 PM  

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