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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

20 Percent

One of our astute readers noticed this little sentence buried in a Deseret Morning News article: "A fifth of Utahns said they favor removing the rest of the state sales tax on food."

A fifth = 20 percent.

One out of five. That's not a lot.

One of the reasons why we're working on other options.


Blogger The Senate Site said...

Good article. Relevant. Here’s that 7th paragraph:

“Assuming a tax cut is coming, Jones asked respondents where they'd prefer seeing those cuts. Nearly half said they want to spread the cuts across the state's tax horizon, preferring reductions in property, income and sales taxes. A fifth of Utahns said they favor removing the rest of the state sales tax on food.”

Obviously, there are some really good things we can do this year.

We’re currently meeting with our compatriots in the other half of the legislature to sort out proposals for which tax cut alternatives make sense this year.

1/30/2007 9:36 AM  
Anonymous Marie said...

I had favored removing sales tax on food. I have read some good points here, though. I don't know that I agree a poll really can say for certainty what we want (did they poll rural Utah, too?) or what we don't. Anyway, I see that "reductions in property, income and sales tax" is being favored to removing sales tax on food. That doesn't seem like a good shift to me. I thought most of property taxes are collected by local municipalities and the county, along with the school districts. How much can the state really reduce property tax? And I don't see why one would oppose removing sales tax on food but want a "reduction on sales tax". Is it more just wanting an across the board reduction rather than a complete removal?

I personally would much prefer to see an income tax reduction, but I find that the Legislators don't seem to know how to make that equitable. I don't trust in the tax reform as being a real tax cut. And I don't want to see tax increases to some groups just so that we can have "stability" or less volatility in revenue. I also don't like how the middle class gets the status quo with tax reform but the high income households are getting more and more breaks.

I can see why you Legislators have your work cut out for you trying to find a resolution that most of us can be satisfied with. ;)

1/30/2007 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I personally am in favor of removing the tax completely from food, but since no one in the legislature is willing to be that "radical" in returning money back to the citizens, I would recommend at least a reduction in the food sales tax rate. Anything would be better than nothing and it would make a significant dent for some people.

1/30/2007 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't really understand why this state feels that the poorest should pay the largest part of their income in taxes. Is it because of a perception that they use the most public services? Please explain.

1/30/2007 7:55 PM  
Anonymous huggybear said...

There are a few which do prefer NOT removing it because it is the only tax that some people pay.

For me, I'm still deciding on this one.

1/31/2007 5:32 PM  

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