First They* passed laws making it harder and harder for citizen initiatives to get on the ballot. The number of signatures required was increased. A requirement that same percent of registered voters signing the petition be achieved in each county was added in a later legislative session. This may seem fair, until you take into account the demographics in this state. According to the 2010 Census, 75.4% of the population lives in the four counties along the Wasatch Front, over a third in Salt Lake County itself. That means that a predominantly rural county with less than 3,000 people can derail a vote on something that concerns an urban county of 1,029,655 people.
Then they stopped funding the increase in students in the public schools. 10,000+ new students every year, no new money. A few legislators were even quoted in the news as having said they will “starve the beast”, in reference to Public Education. And despite claiming they funded the new students this year (first time in three years) my district alone has to cut $5.7 million out of it’s budget.
Then they passed a bill earmarking 30% of all new sales tax revenue, an estimated $60 million a year, to road construction, although the Governor vetoed this bill.
On Friday they showed where their priorities lie. In a special legislative session both houses voted to override the Governor’s veto. The statements made by this override are twofold. First they are spanking the Governor for having the audacity to override one of their pet projects. At the same time they are putting forth road construction as their #1 priority.
All this, from the queen of all “Family Values” states. Yeah, riiiight!
*Our illustrious, uncorrupted, philanthropic bastions of democracy employed as State Representatives and Senators.