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Monday, October 24, 2005

LaVarr on Tax Reform

LaVarr Webb wrote a thoughtful, informative piece on Tax Reform in yesterday's Deseret Morning News. Worth reading if you're interested in the work of the Tax Reform Task Force. Here are a few exerpts:
"... I believe this has been one of the most intense, detailed and comprehensive examinations of a particular area of public policy in Utah history. So, with all of that study and effort, will anything substantive come of it? I believe the answer is yes, but it may not be revolutionary."

"What will emerge won't necessarily be the Huntsman plan, or the Jones-Mascaro plan, or the Olene Walker plan or the Bramble-Harper plan. It will be the best and most workable elements from all of those plans."

"Lowering the sales tax rate and broadening the base by taxing services is not likely, partly because the vast majority of taxable services would be medical services, and it doesn't make sense to add a tax on top of already soaring medical costs."

"When all is said and done, changes in Utah's tax structure may not be revolutionary or dramatic, but the exercise will have been worthwhile. Each provision will have been scrutinized, tested and justified. If the ultimate conclusion is that Utah's structure isn't so bad after all, that its provisions are there for good reason, that outcome will be just fine."
Read the entire column at http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,635154947,00.html.

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