House lawmakers voted down a bill that would have earmarked a portion of Utah's liquor sales to pay for public education, citing concerns about relying on alcohol consumption to teach Utah children.
"Do you really want [to say] 'Not a drop. We don't want our kids to drink,' but now education funding depends on alcohol?" asked Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper. "The day we start taking money wherever we can find it and run it through a blender and say the ends justify the means is a huge compromise of principle."
HB271, sponsored by Rep. Jim Bird, R-West Jordan, would have earmarked a quarter of the growth in liquor sales to public education an estimated $7.5 million in 2014 and $14.5 million the following year.