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 everywhere in the state must be contacting their state representatives and demanding they vote no on HB331, a faculty voucher invoice euphemistically known 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 techniques we don’t want.

As somebody with out youngsters, however who benefited drastically from a public schooling, I’m comfortable to have my tax {dollars} assist a public college system accessible to everybody. Make no mistake, this legislation just isn’t about giving college option to the poor – it might make what’s a free schooling at the moment, a few $3,000 per 12 months schooling given the worth distinction between the typical personal college tuition and most voucher worth.

What household of 4 residing 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 might be diverted away from the general public faculties, leaving severely underfunded faculties for already struggling poor households. This legislation has nothing to do with college selection for the poor, and the whole lot to do with giving authorities handouts to the already well-off to allow them to select to ship their youngsters to a personal 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 driving TRAX?

David Taylor, Salt Lake Metropolis

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