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Monday, December 17, 2007

A Good Start

The House of Representatives' Majority Caucus met today to work on budget and tax policy for the 2008 Session. The Senate held similar meetings last week.

The upshot is that we are moving into the '08 Session with substantial consensus:
1. A salary increase for Utah's teachers. (See Rep. Frank's post on the mechanics.)

2. Reform and reduce property taxes.
The two chambers and Governor's office don't see eye to eye on everything yet -- you wouldn't want us to -- but it appears we have some early agreement on the general direction.

[Update:] Representative Urquhart's post.


Blogger The Senate Site said...

This just in . . .

December 17th, 2007

The Utah House of Representatives Republican caucus met today to discuss budget strategy for the upcoming session. In addition to a presentation by Jeff Thredgold on the economy and presentations from Appropriations subcommittee chairs the House Republican caucus took a few key positions.

First, the House Republican caucus supports an additional $2500 ongoing salary hike for teachers.

Second, the caucus took a position to support 10% of ongoing revenues for tax relief.

In addition, they supported an additional 30 million in specific tax cuts. (15 million in income tax to support the individual deduction of health insurance premiums and 15 million in property tax to remove the reading property tax levy*).

*Note - This property tax reduction would not affect the reading program. 15 million in additional income tax would be used to fund the program.

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12/17/2007 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Rep. Frank's post a preview of the conservative caucus' strategy to divide and conquer the education coalition? Is The Senate Site's link to it an indication of agreement with a provocative and insulting commentary on Utah's school districts?

The educators salary adjustment is law, as soon as it is funded all school districts will pass the money along to teachers, including the counselors, media specialists, etc. who were not counted as recipients the first time.

12/18/2007 9:21 AM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...


1. Not that I am aware.

2. Yes.

3. How do you know?

12/19/2007 11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Guess we'll find out.
2. Not surprised.
3. It's the law.
4. Heard back from many teachers yet?

12/20/2007 8:01 AM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...

4. 76 and counting.

12/20/2007 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4. Please keep us posted. It would be good to learn more details if districts are breaking the law.

(same anon)

12/20/2007 2:18 PM  

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