From: Landon Stoker
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Support SB 97, Fund Education
Date: Mon Apr 06 21:04:55 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.

However, I trust your judgement. I have not spent weeks upon weeks investing time into the research of every bill like you have. I do support education and know that if it become a priority many lives will change and the economics of Utah will improve.

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, Landon Stoker 9617 S Villa Springs Cove Sandy, UT 84070