Taxation & Economics 101: If you want income that remains stable through the ups and downs, you should impose a very tiny tax on a wide variety of items. I.E.: broaden the base and lower the rates
. A higher tax on a very few items results in a revenue stream with wild mood swings.
Utah is stable. Our economy is healthy. We have a highly coveted triple-A bond rating, and are consistently regarded as one of the best financially-managed states in the nation. The senate is going to favor policies that enhance that status, not detract from it.
The senate approved reducing the tax on food (to take effect next year) because that will lower the rate while it keeps the base constant. As a group, we're not okay with doing away with it altogether. That would be shrinking the base, making our revenue stream incrementally more volatile.
Anyone who is serious about cutting taxes will find a different place to cut them.