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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Tax on Food

By John Valentine
President of the Utah Senate

The headline 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.

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