Category Archives: Taxes

$21 Million for Rec Center? Springville Voters to Decide

  Springville residents will soon vote on whether to approve a $21 million tax-funded bond to build a public recreation center. What impact would this bond and rec center have on Springville taxpayers, businesses and families? Watch this video report … Continue reading

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Don’t chop tax breaks for charitable contributions

  Should government continue to give people tax breaks for donating to charities? Elder Dallin H. Oaks, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, thinks so. In response to more … Continue reading

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Next taxpayer-subsidized hotel: Salt Lake City?

  The hotel industry has been attracting many cities in Utah lately. West Valley City has already decided to loan $30 million to a private developer to build a hotel; Holladay wants Salt Lake County to loan it $450,000 to … Continue reading

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Parents as a supply of ‘revenue enhancements’

  The newspapers are reporting that a state senator is raising (again) the idea that what Utah schools need is more money and that this money should come from increasing taxes on parenting. Specifically, the “revenue enhancement” (“a politically correct … Continue reading

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Today’s government-bungled finances echo economist’s warning of 65 years ago

  Standard & Poor’s recent decision to downgrade the credit rating of the United States government from AAA to AA+ contributed to the biggest drop of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since December 2008. Gross national debt is at $14.5 … Continue reading

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Back to basics: making government effective in Mali, Africa

  Sutherland recently interviewed Yeah Samake, mayor of Ouelessebougou, Mali, to discover which principles have helped him effectively lead a city in the second-poorest country in the world. Watch the video report below to hear what he said: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8nFS7AwrpU Here’s … Continue reading

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Education spending and the danger of narrow policy thinking

  On Friday we wrote about not trying to “keep up with the Joneses” in regard to public education spending. Today I’ll make a few more observations about recently released spending data. A story from the Salt Lake Tribune recently … Continue reading

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‘Free’ lunch for all Utah children this summer – at your expense

  This summer, many government schools (and parks and rec centers) in Utah are offering free meals to anyone under age 18 who shows up, regardless of their need, using federal tax dollars. Check out this video report to learn … Continue reading

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Finding balance: Utah, the feds, nature and natural resources

The state of Utah recently sued the Obama administration over its wild lands policy. The Salt Lake Tribune reported on Gov. Gary Herbert’s take: “Herbert warned that the wild lands policy creates a category of lands akin to wilderness without … Continue reading

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House committee puts a halt to Wimmer’s tax bill

A bill that would require a two-thirds vote for any tax increases in the state failed Thursday to make it past a House committee. HJR001, a bill sponsored by Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, failed on a 7-7-2 vote. The bill … Continue reading

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