From: Kevin N. Shakespeare
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Support SB 97, Fund Education
Date: Mon Apr 06 21:05:38 MDT 2015

Dear State Representative Lifferth,

Utah is widely recognized as a well-managed state with a strong economy. At current levels of investment, measures of our state’s educational achievement show that we have fallen to the middle of the pack. This trend is perilous to our economic future.

Utahns want the legislature to invest in education while maintaining Utah’s attractive tax climate. We need to keep pace with enrollment growth and we need to improve educational outcomes. SB97 makes changes related to school property taxes and funding. By doing so, SB 97 will bring in $75 million in additional funding to education.  The average cost to a family is about $48 and to a business is $348  annually. We can no longer delay funding education. We must outline comprehensive investments  to ensure the needs of schools and students are met.

I support SB 97 to fund education in Utah because I have Grandchildren in public school.

I would also ask that you request the State Attorney General to conduct an investigation into the corruption in the Garfield County Sheriff's Office and the Garfield County Attorney's office. We have a serious drug problem as well as other problems in Garfield County. This is because the Sheriff is protecting the big drug dealers such as his son Jerremy Perkins. The County Attorney is also implicated in this and other matters. The State AG is investigating the Escalante Chief of Police because he busted some of the drug dealers yet they refuse to investigate the County Sheriff or attorney. I would be happy to provide you with more facts if you so desire. It doesn't matter how much we spend on education if our schools and communities are over run with drug dealers and our county government is filled with corruption.

Please make education funding a priority so that we can prepare our young people to be among the most educated workforce in the nation. Please invest in Utah’s future prosperity by supporting SB 97.

Sincerely, Kevin N. Shakespeare 660 West 50 South Tropic, UT 84776