Hillyard says Constitutional Amendment B will benefit local schools

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Many people are unhappy with both of the major presidential candidates but Utah State Senator Lyle Hillyard says he hopes that will not stop them from voting on November 8. He says there are many other offices on the ballot, such as state legislature, county council, and both state and local school board.

Hillyard says there is also a Proposition 11 which would approve a Cache County Water District and he is supportive of this.

He also supports Constitutional Amendment B. Hillyard says if approved, it would change the Utah Constitution to allow the state school trust funds to have expanded uses of that money.

Hillyard says the schools have spent the money wisely in the past.

“It bothers me when people say the state doesn’t know how to run it, the federal government can run it better. That’s absolute nonsense.

“With the SITLA lands, the state lands, we’ve gone from under $20 million in the fund in 1995 when we started to take these funds over, we now have $2.2 billion. Because of that, with the interest generated, each one of our schools get anywhere from $30,000-$50,000 to spend for their schools as their community council wants.”

Hillyard says if the amendment is approved, he believes the schools will find important ways the money can be used to make education better.

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