State Treasurer Criticizes Monument’s Effect on Education Funding

Many public statements have been made since President Obama’s announcement of the Bear Ears National Monument designation. Utah State Treasurer David Damschen is among them, emphasizing the effect the designation will have on education funding in southeastern Utah. “As chair of the Utah School and Institutional Trust Fund board of trustees, I am deeply concerned about the damaging impact this designation will have on lands held in trust for Utah public schools,” shares Treasurer Damschen. It is an estimated 100,000 acres of school trust lands that lie within the designated monument. “The designation could have a disastrous impact on the endowment managed by the state for the benefit of its public school system,” explains Damschen. “Approximately 64 percent of our state is federal public land, while only 6 percent is administered within the school trust. By his actions, the president is showing reckless disregard for Utah’s public education system and its funding.” Utah leaders have vowed to fight the monument designation.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.