“Fantasyland.”That was the way Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Corroon described last night the priorities of incumbent Gov. Gary Herbert and the predominantly Republican Legislature this past year.At the annual Cache County Democratic Party’s Jefferson/Jackson Dinner and fundraising auction Friday, the Salt Lake County mayor said that the state is in tough times and the economy should have been the top priority during the 2010 legislative session. Yet, he said, Republicans focused on such issues as taking back our federal lands and not requiring seat belts for all our children.As the keynote speaker of the sold-out event, Corroon said that his opponent has been at numerous events where he’s told people that education was left “whole” during this year’s legislative session. That’s something Corroon says is false.”The truth is that our education budget was cut this year not only for K-12 but for higher education as well,” Corroon told the crowd. If elected, Corroon said the economy will be his top priority, and strengthening education would also be a top goal. He also said he’d focus on quality of life in the state, including making sure that Utah does not become the “dumping ground” for nuclear waste or any other kind of waste.
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