SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – This November, voters will be asked if they support an increase to the gas tax to fund public education.
The campaign manager for Our Schools Now, Austin Cox stops by Inside Utah Politics to discuss ballot Question 1 and why some say it’s crucial to education in Utah.
“Question 1 is a chance for Utah voters to put our kids first and invest in their future. There are really two key stats right now. More than 50% of Utah children aren’t proficient in math science or English and almost half of Utah teachers are leaving the profession within their first 5 years of teaching. So, this would increase investment in Utah schools directly inside the classroom to both Utah students and teachers to help improve their success,” said Cox.
Utahn’s will be asked whether or not they will support a 10 cent increase to the gas tax.
“I don’t think people realize that for several years the legislature instead of raising the gas tax has been moving funds from the education fund or from the general fund over to transportation and that’s been decreasing the amount of funding available to education,” Cox said.
That would generate $150 more per student each year.
“It’s important to know this is really an innovative and better way of funding because it’s going straight to the school and then the school gets to decide how they want to see those funds invested,” Cox said. “We really want to make a difference in student performance and student achievement.”
For more information on Question 1, you can click here.