Proposed Tax Increase
The Salt Lake City Council is considering a property tax increase as part of their 2013-14 budget. There has been very limited public discussion of this tax increase and Mayor Ralph Becker has indicated that he will veto the proposal. The Council is scheduled to vote on this issue next Tuesday, June 18, and at this point it seems likely to pass.
An urbane Japanese businessman and former government official recently asked me, “I have long assumed the States are very powerful relative to the U. S. federal government, but I just read that this is not the case. Why is that?” Why is that, indeed?
We Do Deserve Better
I appreciate the interest taken by legislators in the continual improvement of Utah’s public education system. Despite points of disagreement with Senator Weiler’s recent Utah Policy post, I do agree with the good Senator on one thing: “We deserve better.”
"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will." George Bernard Shaw [Quotations Page]
"According to a poll, the majority of Americans are OK with the Obama administration listening in on our phone calls. Guys approve because they feel it increases security. And women approve of Obama's policy because finally a man is listening to them." –Conan O'Brien [Political Humor]
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NSA Domestic Spying
This week, our insiders and readers weigh in on the revelations that the NSA has been gathering phone and internet data on Americans. Do they support the action if it helps thwart terrorism? Should Utah policymakers take steps to protect citizens from this sort of data collection? Check out the survey results after the jump.
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Hatch Blasts IRS Bonuses
Sen. Orrin Hatch expresses his displeasure after learning that the Internal Revenue Service is poised to give employees $70 million in bonuses.
Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #146
Republicans are talking more about impeachment proceedings against embattled Attorney General John Swallow while Swallow is meeting with GOP legislators to tell his side of the story. And, where are Utah's Democrats while all of this is going on? Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the week in Utah politics.
Video: Bernick and Schott on Politics - May 24, 2013
The Utah GOP rejects changes to their nominating system making a ballot initiative much more likely. James Evans is elected as the new Chairman of the Utah Republican Party. Mike Winder decides to not run for another term as West Valley City Mayor. Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the week in Utah politics.
Podcast: Chris Hoffman, Creator of Salt City Strangers
Chris Hoffman is the creator of Salt City Strangers, the first comic about an all-LDS superhero team. He speaks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about how he came up with the idea, and how he wants to use the characters to explore different facets of Utah's culture.
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