From: Gerald Snow
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Support SB 97, Fund Education
Date: Mon Apr 06 20:58:03 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.

Besides the form letter above, I express my support for making education a funding priority. Of all the things that we can invest in, education makes the most sense in the long term. But the dollars always need to be invested wisely to get the best return. At the same time, I support Healthy Utah and using our own dollars coming back from Washington to fill the Medicare gap. That is meeting a dire need in the short term. We can't excuse meeting a short term need by saying we are worried about how to sustain it in the long term. If it's important enough, we will find a way.

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, Gerald Snow 3038 Sundrift Circle Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121