From the Deseret News: Tax increases looming for Utahns
“Utah has been named the best-managed state in America. And to keep the state running well, Utah taxpayers may see a $100 million tax hike early next year.
No budget decisions for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1, have been made, political leaders emphasize.
But a tobacco tax increase is a “done deal” in the Senate, says Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, as a way to lessen another round of deep budget cuts to vital state programs.
House Speaker David Clark, R-Santa Clara, says all kinds of “options” are on the table to close an anticipated $700 million budget shortfall. Those options were discussed “in broad terms” in a meeting last week with Gov. Gary Herbert and GOP legislative leaders.
This is the first time a tax hike number — $100 million — has been put forward as a partial solution to financial problems in fiscal 2010-11.”
If I didn’t have two jobs, a wife and kids, and a life, I would pore over every cent that our state is spending and find some way to cut the budget before suggesting any kind of tax hike during a recession. When the economy requires us to tighten our belts, government should be leading the way.
Unfortunately, those whose job it is to manage the money they take from us, when getting suggestions to cut spending rather than raise taxes, resort to threatening to cut the salaries of policemen, firemen and teachers in an effort to cut off the debate.
Now, I don’t know if that’s really necessary in order to cut government spending. All I know is that there are a lot of government employees with six-figure salaries trying to convince us that they are being responsible with our money. I haven’t taken a math class in 15 years, but to me that does not add up.