(KCPW News) Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups and Speaker of the House David Clark are calling on the federal government to give the state complete control over programs like education, transportation, and Medicaid. They believe the state can operate these programs more efficiently if the federal tax dollars Utahns pay for these programs stay within the state, no strings attached. Waddoups says Utah tax dollars are exhausted once they run through the federal government.
“They always take a portion of that for overhead, for federal administration,” he told reporters. “Sometimes just to go into their general fund. We are saying in this that if you’ll allow us to just keep some of the money here and not even go there, we’ll still be collecting the regular funds from Utah and you can spread those out.”
In an op-ed piece published Friday in the Washington Post, Waddoups and Clark wrote that “Congress has inserted itself into every aspect of our lives with laws and regulations that don’t fit the widely divergent nature of the states and localities.”
Senate Majority Whip Wayne Niederhauser says Utah should be able to deal with many issues locally and appropriately.
“Think about the inability of Washington to deal with some issues,” said Niederhauser. “We’ve been dealing with them for years and years and years. Maybe that’s because we all can’t agree on a nationwide solution to the problems we’re dealing with.”
The op-ed is called, “A Modest Proposal to the Federal Government: Let Utah Do It.”