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Ballot Ready 2018: Utah Nonbinding Opinion Question 1 – Our Schools Now


The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour — On this week’s program, we continue with the Hinckley Institute’s Ballot Ready 2018 series, which aims to inform campus and community members about the issues they will be voting on this November.

Today, we take a look at Opinion Question #1: a non-binding referendum to increase funding for Utah roads by raising the gasoline tax by 10 cents. That, in turn, would increase the available funding for education in the state. The effort is part of a negotiated deal between state lawmakers and the group Our Schools Now, which wants to see education funding substantially increased.

The panelists on the forum include: Nolan Karras, former Utah House Speaker and a member of the Our Schools Now Executive Committee; Michael Melendez, director of policy at the Libertas Institute of Utah. Moderating today’s panel is Benjamin Wood, reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune.

The forum was recorded on September 24, 2018.

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour
The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour is a weekly program featuring forums on local, national, and international issues important to people living in Utah. The program airs every Wednesday at 10 AM and Saturday at 9 AM. Hosted by Anthony Scoma, the program highlights and contextualizes the forums presented by the Hinckley Institute of Politics every fall and spring semester at the University of Utah. Produced by KCPW Studios
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