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6 This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor directs the Lieutenant
7 Governor to place a nonbinding opinion question relating to education funding through
8 the use of a tuition tax credit to a vote of the people of Utah.
9 Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
10 WHEREAS, Utah law allows the Governor and Legislature to place nonbinding
11 statewide opinion questions on the ballot by passing a concurrent resolution;
12 WHEREAS, the Legislature and the Governor believe that the voters of Utah should
13 have an opportunity to express their opinion on significant questions of public policy; and
14 WHEREAS, questions about the use of public tax dollars or potential tax dollars to
15 fund private and religious education is a significant change of public policy:
16 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature, the Governor
17 concurring therein, directs the Lieutenant Governor of Utah to submit the following opinion
18 question to the legal voters of Utah at the general election to be held November 2, 2004:
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20 support public elementary, secondary, and higher education.
20a 1. UTAH VOTERS ADOPTED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IN 1946 WHICH IS STILL IN
20b EFFECT AND WHICH PROVIDES, "ALL REVENUE RECEIVED FROM TAXES ON INCOME . . . SHALL
20c BE ALLOCATED TO THE SUPPORT OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM" AND IN 1996, UTAH VOTERS
20d AMENDED THE CONSTITUTION TO ALLOW INCOME TAX RECEIPTS TO FUND BOTH HIGHER
20e EDUCATION AND PUBLIC EDUCATION. h
21 2. Programs which provide public funding for families to send their children to private
22 elementary and secondary schools have generated considerable debate nationwide.
22a h 3. TO CLARIFY ISSUES, A RATIFICATION OF THE VOTERS IS DESIRED CONCERNING A
22b PRIVATE SCHOOL TUITION TAX CREDIT THAT REDUCES THE AMOUNT OF INCOME TAX h
22c h REVENUE WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE FLOW TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
22d 4. TO THE EXTENT THAT TUITION TAX CREDITS REDUCE THE REVENUE AVAILABLE TO
22e PUBLIC EDUCATION, IT MAY ADVERSELY AFFECT PUBLIC EDUCATION'S ABILITY TO FUND FIXED
22f COSTS. h
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24 to the voters of Utah for their opinion the following question:
25 "Should Utah's public tax dollars or potential tax dollars be used to fund private h [
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-14-03 2:47 PM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.