Aimee Winder Newton issues statement on pair of education funding bills

WEST JORDAN (March 6, 2020) — Utah gubernatorial candidate Aimee Winder Newton issued the following statement regarding a pair of bills that aim to stabilize educating funding, S.J.R. 9 Proposal to Amend Utah Constitution – Use of Tax Revenue and H.B. 357 Public Education Funding Stabilization.

Winder Newton released her first W.A.V.E. of solutions for public education on Wednesday, which increases teacher salaries by up to $20,000 using this year’s education surplus funds.

“This is a great first step by the legislature in providing a long-term solution to education funding in the state of Utah. However, it does nothing to address the current teacher shortage crisis. We have the revenue now, and as I laid out this week, we need to invest in teacher salaries today and we can do so without a tax increase. 

“This plan does feature some components of increased local control which I support. However, I fear that this invariably pushes the pressure to increase property taxes for teacher salaries onto local boards since the legislature seems unwilling to make that investment with the revenue we have now. Market forces are at play and we are not attracting enough quality candidates to the teaching profession, so while we may address long-term funding measures, our kids in the classroom are not getting needed resources.”

Aimee Winder Newton is a Republican candidate for Utah governor and currently serves on the Salt Lake County Council. She is focused on ending the teacher shortage, preparing Utahns for the workforce, and long-term planning for growth issues. To learn more about her candidacy, visit AimeeForGovernor.com.

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