State of the Debate

Keeping score: Tribune Editorial Board vs Utah Legislature ...

First Published      Last Updated Mar 10 2014 12:55 pm

[Above: P.D.Q. Bach's Conductor vs. Orchestra]

We told them not to do this:

Refusing Medicaid expansion is a dreadful idea — Tribune Editorial, Feb. 27

"Gov. Gary Herbert's proposed 'Healthy Utah' alternative to the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion is a dog's dinner of denial, pipe dreams, contempt for the poor and lack of candor with the taxpayers of his state. ..."

They are doing it:

Senate to Herbert: Negotiate Utah Medicaid plansltrib.com, March 10

"Senators gave Gov. Gary Herbert the green light Monday to try to strike a deal with the Obama administration for a block grant that would bring more than $250 million in Medicaid funds to Utah without requiring the state to enroll low-income Utahns in the Medicaid program. ..."

We told them not to do this:

Expensive tech is not what Utah schools need — Tribune Editorial, March 7

" ... Lockhart is wrong if she believes, as she has said, that technology will "transform the system" by itself. If she wants to be the education candidate for governor, she should offer a way to boost revenue, not only for iPads but for early-childhood education, better teacher pay and all the other items Utah schools so desperately need. ..."

It looks like they won't do it:

Budget talks: No money for Lockhart's Utah ed-tech plansltrib.com, March 9

"House Speaker Becky Lockhart came away empty-handed in her bid to revolutionize Utah education, leaving the negotiating table over the weekend without any funding for what she hoped would be a $200 million education-technology initiative, according to multiple sources. ..."

We told them to do this:

Wasatch Front can't wait for Tier 3 — Tribune Editorial, March 6

" ... the Legislature needs to stop making entreaties and start making demands. It should pass HB121, the bill by Rep. Becky Edwards, which would explicitly direct DEQ to make its own rules, rules that are tougher and more helpful to Utah than what the far-away EPA is likely to accomplish. ..."

It doesn't look good:

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