By John Valentine
President of the Utah Senate
read “Lawmakers squabble over food tax plans.” I think that is a bit of a stretch. However, there are three different ideas on the table and we haven’t yet come to consensus on the best policy direction.
Options on the table:
1. Cut the tax on food and increase taxes in other areas;
2. Cut the tax on food and shrink government to match revenues;
3. Keep the tax on food but refund it to those under a certain income level (see the op-ed piece in the Daily Herald).
While I’m certainly willing to cut taxes, I’m hesitant to raise them. I believe most in my caucus feel the same way.
Disagreement is as American as apple pie. I expect we'll work out the details in a rational, deliberative, collegial manner through the normal legislative process.