Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Republicans in Utah--UTAH?--rebelling against Bush 

From blah3.com, who has it goin' today:

States Challenge No Child Left Behind Act

SALT LAKE CITY - With Utah in the vanguard, about a dozen states are rebelling against President Bush's centerpiece education law, the No Child Left Behind Act, complaining it imposes costly new obligations without providing the money to carry them out.

The Republican-controlled Utah House voted 64-8 last week not to comply with any provisions for which the federal government has not supplied enough money. The bill, which now goes to the Senate, represents the strongest position yet taken by lawmakers around the country.

Elsewhere, lawmakers have passed or introduced legislation or nonbinding resolutions challenging the 2002 law's tougher standards for student testing and teacher credentials.

Many legislators are angry over what they see as a federal takeover of education that leaves states to pay the bill.

[This is otherwise known as the Bush Tax, which has raised taxes in states and municipalities across America, or else led to the slashing of social programs across the country.]

"We gradually give up our state sovereignty when we accept our tax money back into the state with strings attached to it," said Republican state Rep. Margaret Dayton of Utah.


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