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A r b (W) V A I 1 1 ( JYJUlJlEEL Volume 11 Number 15 The Official Student Newspaper of Utah Technical College at Provo'Orem, P.O. Box 1609, Provo, Utah 84603 Friday, January 20, 1984 E ducation B ill Stimulates Controversy By Bruce Clegg When the Utah State Legislature convened last week, the major concern was supposedly going to be raising money for flood control. The issue that is getting the most media attention, however, is Governor Matheson's controversial education bill. Matheson is asking legislators to raise taxes by 148 million dollars to fund an educational comeback for the State of Utah. It has been said that if this bill passes, the taxes of the average Utah citizen would be raised by anywhere between 100 and 650 dollars per year. Where exactly is all this money going to come from? What specific taxes are going to be raised? First, Matheson has proposed to continue the Vi cent tax increase that was passed as a temporary stop-gap tax last year to help pay for flood control measures. This will raise revenues of 28 million dollars. Secondly, he proposes to increase the severance tax on oil and gas by 4 percent. Presently the tax stands at only 2 percent, so if this part of the bill passes, it will effectively triple that tax. This would raise another 33 million dollars. To raise another 61 million dollars, Matheson has asked the legislature to raise the revenues from personal income tax by 43 million dollars and the corporate income tax by 18 million. Finally, the Governor wishes to extend the sales tax to non-medical professional services. This would mean that anyone who provided a service for money, such as a lawyer, or financial advisor would be required to pay sales tax on their transactions. This would generate another 26 million dollars. At this point, no one knows exactly how much of this bill will pass. Matheson has been campaigning fiercely at the grass roots level on this bill. Conservatives are strong in this state, and they oppose raising taxes by this much. If the bill does pass in its entirety, about 50 million additional dollars will be available to higher education in the state. Karl Snow, state senator from Provo, says that the entire bill is unlikely to pass. He says that the governor has "clearly demonstrated a need" for more education funds, but he's not willing to say how much of the entire 148 million the governor is likely to get. According to Senator Snow, the parts of the bill that are most likely to pass are the continuance of the Vi cent sales tax and the tripled severance tax on oil and gas. He says that extending the sales tax to nonmedical professional services will almost certainly not pass because it is "entering a new arena and the consequences would be hard to forsee." Regardless of how much of the bill will pass, approximately Vi of that money will be made available to higher education, and some of that money will be coming to UTC. We would like to encourage you to get in touch with your senator or congressman and let him know how you feel about this important issue. 1-800-662-3367 is a toll free number you can call to make sure that your legislators know how you feel about this issue. When you call, make sure you know who your senator or con gressman is. .'1 fj ... , . --urn I SevermmrrnMS'h.xls!aU.Vf Fro!eed'n 'rom the of the Utah State Senate Chambers. Iminisrrarion have been aileuding the sessions. Growth At UTC Exceeds Earlv, Outdated Predictions Action Needed Now For Tech is "Back in 1972, the State Board of Vocational Education and the Board of Regents were positive that the enrollment at Utah Technical College would cap at 2,500. At that time, I little old me, could have told them enrollment would far exceed that number," said Dr. Dennis Farnsworth an Economics instructor at UTC. Many of the faculty members and administrators have echoed Dr. Farnsworth's comments throughout the years. Now "I told you so" is no longer enough. The Tech is in dire need of funds. With Utah County being the second largest county in the state, and the fastest growing, school officials are afraid that if they are once again overlooked by the legislature, that the school can no longer offer a quality education. The chart that accompanies this story shows the projected growth for Utah Technical Col lege and the actual growth. UTC to date has more than doubled its projected enrollment. areas?" said member. another faculty Students have petitioned the legislature for the past week "The students in Utah to let them know they are in full County deserve a better shake, agreement with the administra-Many of them can't or don't tion and faculty. Most of the want to go to Brigham Young students have complained University. Why should they about overcrowded classrooms, have to travel to Snow or Dix- inability to start desired pro-ie, come up with extra money for grams, terrible parking condi-housing and food and go tions, lack of laboratory condi-through the impossibility of fin- tions in data processing, and in-ding a decent job in those Equate library facilities. ( 1 70 I 71 72 '73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 '85 7,500 ! 7,000 Actual Enrollment I 6,500 Projected Enrollment i I i i i 6,000 Actual F.T.E. , . ! 1 5,500 Projected F.T.E. -I I I 7i I J- 5,000 j-p" 4,500 f , 1 4,000 ! 3,500 S 3,000 ! 2,500 XjlJ i 2,000 , -- ; 1,500 Actual and Projected Headcoun 7T And F.T.E. Growth UTCProvol Orem 1970-1985 1 LOOP 1 1,1,1 1 , 1 '," ', I -J UJ i L,J I Utah's educational system currently at a crossroads. Despite a national decline in total enrolled students, Utah's student population continues to grow. By 1990 our higher education system will increase by 25 percent. Now is the time to take positive steps to assure a good quality education for those students of the future. Utah Technical College at ProvoOrem's faculty and staff need and deserve pay increases, we have critical equipment needs and our library facilities demand attention. I am asking that all students, faculty and staff join together to express support for quality education at the College, as well as in other schools, colleges and universities throughout the State. Your opi nion voiced to State legislators, will be helpful in expressing our needs. In the last five years over 10,000 additional students admitted to Utah's nine state-supported colleges and universities, for which no additional appropriations were funded. By 1995, Utah will produce 50 percent more high school graduates compared to a 20 percent decline nationwide. Our schools are forced to use ab-solete equipment and facilities, while instructors are faced with financial difficulties because of low salaries. Education is the foundation of Utah's economy and care must be taken to support Utah's future. Please support your college by contacting your local legislators. J. Marvin Higbee Classes Backlogged In Many Departments By Don Aitken It's no big secret that the U.T.C. is overcrowded, undere-quipped and financially in the rough. The big hope is that the Utah State Legislature will help alleviate some of there problems. Even with the school receiving more than 1 1 million dollars in funding last year, it has put would be students on waiting list to get into some programs. The Nursing program for example, has a waiting list of 500 people. Applications are being taken for Winter Quarter of 1986. Also, the Dental Assistant Program is backed up until fall. "It shows we have a good program but with more funding, we could get another instructor, better equipment and get more students through the course," the department commented. Denise Davis of Provo says: "I can start in March to get some of my General, but I have to wait until fall of this year to start Radiology courses. I don't have any choice." The Electrical Automation Progam enrolls about 330 daytime students and about 200 in evening school. The courses are limited from start to finish to 20-24 students in each lab. "We're three quarters behind," says Leah Holt of the department. "It's good that these students want to get in, but it's not good that we don't have funding to get them in." There can be no doubt that with the college growing as fast as it is, it will need more and more money. The problems facing this instruction today can be resolved with the appropriate funding. But it doesn't stop there. Funds have to be properly spent after they are received.
|Description||Tradewinds was the name of the student newspaper for Utah Technical College at Provo, between 1971-12-14 and 1984-11-15.|
|Publisher||Utah Valley University|
|Subject headings||Utah Technical College at Provo--History; Utah Technical College at Provo/Orem--History; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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