Utah is a state that claims to care about children and to value education. This image of Utah as a family-friendly place makes it hard to understand why the state would allow tax breaks given to Micron Corporation to take $75 million from schools over a period of years. Surely everyone is aware that economic growth in our state has been unparalleled over the past few years.
During this same period of time, Utah schools have repeatedly been last in the nation in the amount of funding per pupil. Tax breaks to multibillion-dollar corporations that take money from schools are simply "robbing the poor to give to the rich."We cannot let the desire for economic growth let us lose sight of those things which are really top priorities for most Utahns. Time and again citizens have voted in opinion polls to forego tax breaks in order to increase available money for schools. Utah can and should draw the line at granting incentives for businesses who locate in our state when those incentives will result in a loss of funding for schools.
Kalyn Denny, president
Davis Education Association
Salt Lake City