Another Utah legislative session is history.
KSL would like to feel good about offering an obligatory “thank you” for time and effort spent doing the work of the people. After all, the hours are incredibly long and pay isn’t all that good. Unfortunately, it was another session filled with ideological shenanigans and blustery election year bravado.
Yes, lawmakers approved a balanced budget, which they’re obligated to do, but one lacking creative long term solutions to pressing problems, especially education.
Based on what’s been happening on Capitol Hill in recent years, it is no surprise that public approval of the legislature is in steady decline. A KSL-Deseret Morning News Poll taken during the session showed barely 51% approval for the job done the legislature. A meager 8% strongly approve. Very simply, Utah lawmakers, in general, don’t reflect the will of the people.
So, what’s the remedy? Quite simply, more involvement in the political process by the people! Become more aware of who represents you in the state legislature. Evaluate their views and their votes, and if they don’t reflect what you personally hold dear, identify and support a candidate who does. For starters let your voice be heard at your neighborhood caucus meetings on March 23.
If Utah’s legislature is to become more representative of all the people, KSL believes the silent majority needs to become much more vocal and involved.