To: Francis Gibson, Lowry Snow, Patrice Arent, Richard Cunningham, Steve Eliason, Greg Hughes, Brad Last, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, Jim Nielson, Val Peterson, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Dean Sanpei, Keven John Stratton,
Subject: HB 131- Please do not pass out of committee
Date: Thu Feb 20 15:34:23 MST 2014
A bill like HB 131 adds a huge burden to the Utah taxpayers' load, especially when all costs-- maintenance and replacement-- are considered.  Good education has much more to do with the character formed in students, and much less with the technology available.  

Is this something that is good in every district, every school, with every student, or is this a decision better made at the local level?  I believe the latter is true.
Are the kids you know who have 'everything' the ones who turn out to be the most kind, hardworking, interested, and self-reliant?  Or the ones who end up with entitlement issues and demand more?
Do we have money to spare?  

It is not the state's money; it belongs to individual people.  It encourages things like SB118, where Utah families would be pushed into paying nearly an extra $300 million in taxes.  This would be destructive in the best of times, and likely catastrophic in the current economic climate.  Please do not let this bill advance.


Rhonda Hair