This year, through a “multi-pronged approach,” we now have an OMNIBUS bill — HB215 (in the way of the “swamp,”) and multiple auxiliary bills to execute the problematic “UtahFits” agenda. True to form, it is not good policy or legislative effort.
There are multiple reasons to oppose the bill, including but not limited to the following:
- It is NOT for everyone. These monies will only be available to less than 1% (~.56%) of Utah’s ~700,000 students.
- When applying for the voucher, one has to forfeit/sign away their right to a “Free and Appropriate Public Education.”
- Receiving funding from redistributed taxes creates more families who are dependent on the government. It is a conservative principle that we want families to become self-reliant.
- This is an omnibus bill (meaning it covers more than one issue. This forces legislators to vote for a bad piece of policy to get a possibly good piece. The alternative is to vote no to the bad piece, which prevents the good piece from passing. This compromises our lawmaking system. Think BRIBE.)
- It is not the government’s job to create competition, it is the government’s job to prevent monopolies.
- Private businesses should not be subsidized by taxes, or they will cease to be private. Education is not an exception.
- #2 “A free people cannot survive under a Republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong.”
- #7 “The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things.”
- #8 “Men are endowed by their creator with certain and alienable rights.”
- The right to property is being violated by wealth redistribution; that wealth redistribution will not be reduced under Utah FITS, and will likely increase if the Utah legislature passes a school choice bill that gives money to families who haven’t earned that money.
Write the legislature and assert your position that they VOTE NO on any and all UTAH FITS legislation and undercurrent bills that may lay the foundation for its enaction.