Category Archives: Government Spending

One reason why liberal economic policies haven’t led to a strong recovery

For every economically beneficial project funded by “economic stimulus spending,” there is at least one economically wasteful project … such as the $423,500 of federal funding spent studying “barriers to condom use” as part of President Obama’s “economic stimulus” program. … Continue reading

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What a liberal ‘economic recovery’ feels like

Technically, the so-called “Great Recession” ended in June 2009. So does it feel like an “economic recovery” to you? Fortunately for many Utahns – in part due to the generally conservative public policies put in place by Utah policymakers – … Continue reading

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Budget deal? It’s just more spending

In these weekly commentaries I try to stay pretty even-keeled but the whole “fiscal cliff” mess has driven me over the edge. The nation – the American people – are $16 trillion in debt – $16 trillion with no hope … Continue reading

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Utah’s reliance on federal spending makes the cliff’s edge painful

As Washington, D.C., moves ever closer toward taking us off the so-called fiscal cliff (which politicians in Washington created for us in the first place), it is worth looking at what the effect on Utahns will be. The projected impacts … Continue reading

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Let’s avoid insane ‘payday loans’ for local government

According to a recent news article, a school district in California recently got a $2.5 million bond (i.e., a loan) that will cost taxpayers in the district $34 million to pay off – almost 14 times the size of the … Continue reading

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Map: How much Utah and other states rely on federal funds

As we move closer toward the so-called fiscal cliff, the Tax Foundation has put out a map of the United States with estimates of how much each state relies on funds from the federal government. The measure is federal funds … Continue reading

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Spending pledges vs. spending limits

As Congress begins to drive America off the fiscal cliff, the politics of taxes and spending will reach new levels of absurdity. Over 20 years ago a young upstart in Washington, D.C., Grover Norquist, began an anti-tax campaign calling on … Continue reading

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The fiscal cliffs of insanity

“Do you want me to send you back to where I found you … UNEMPLOYED in GREENLAND?” Or perhaps “Princess Bride’s” Vizzini should have threatened Fezzik with unemployment in the United States. As the graphic below shows us, the tax … Continue reading

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Utah government entities catalogue how they compete with the private sector

During yesterday’s interim meetings, the Legislature’s Political Subdivisions Interim Committee heard reports from representatives of higher education, K-12 public schools, counties, cities, and others about activities they participate in that potentially compete with the private sector and how they go … Continue reading

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Positive signs for Orem taxpayers after 8-hour tax hearing

After an eight-hour Truth in Taxation Hearing, the Orem City Council voted 4-3 at 1:45 this morning to approve a 25 percent property tax increase for the Orem portion of the property tax bill, instead of the proposed 50 percent … Continue reading

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Legislative committee considers giving cities authority to “earmark” property taxes for roads

Provo Mayor John Curtis proposed that the Legislature’s Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee enact a law allowing a city like Provo to dedicate a portion of their general property tax revenues to be spent only on roads during interim meetings … Continue reading

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Who’s paying for the party?

A recent study by BYU professors (see here and here) tells us that when parents pay for their children’s college, those children are more likely to engage in risky behaviors like alcohol abuse than those who pay their own way, in … Continue reading

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Taming the beast of Utah government spending

  Many Americans are quite concerned about excessive federal spending and debt, but what about our state? Does Utah have a spending problem, too? The short answer is “yes.” Watch the video below to learn how fast Utah spending has … Continue reading

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How Utah can prevent the pain of budget cuts

  Want to minimize the negative impact of spending cuts on public schools, law enforcement and other government services during hard economic times – while also keeping state spending under control during times of prosperity? In the video report below, … Continue reading

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The case for a government spending amendment

  Utah state government, as measured by government spending, has grown dramatically over the last several decades. This growth habit is easy to see when comparing growth in inflation-adjusted state spending to growth in state population – real state spending … Continue reading

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