At the end of a recent talk, I agreed to answer questions from the audience. One has had me pondering ever since.
It went something like this: “Do you think leaders in Salt Lake and Utah counties will impose a tax increase for transit even though voters rejected it three years ago?”
It’s an important question, given that the state Legislature has made it easy, and quite tempting, for those counties to do so.
Put differently, however, the question could be stated this way: What is the value of a public vote, which is a form of direct democracy, in a republic?
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has 32 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.