Testimony in support of HB 294 2nd Substitute (Utah Intergenerational Poverty Work and Self-Sufficiency Tax Credit)

Testimony in support of HB 24 (Student Prosperity Savings Program – Tax Amendments)

Federal funding: far from free

‘I hate you Washington,’ Americans beg

Gallup conducts an annual poll asking people to “Please say whether you are very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied with our system of government and how well it works.” The percentage of people answering “very” or “somewhat” dissatisfied has risen steadily since 2000 from a low of 23% in 2002 to its […]

Intergenerational poverty, taxation and the Scrooge response

My remarks drew on a passage from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, when Scrooge was invited to to “make some slight provision for the Poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir.” Scrooge’s response? “Are […]

Romney, Obama and the ‘takers’

ike many Americans by now, I listened to the recording of Mitt Romney talk about the “47 percent.” While there are some things to criticize about what Romney said, I have to admit that after I listened to him I thought, “Yeah, he’s right.” I had an instinctive concurrence with what he said. I didn’t […]