Category Archives: Taxes

Don’t chop tax breaks for charitable contributions

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Next taxpayer-subsidized hotel: Salt Lake City?

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Parents as a supply of ‘revenue enhancements’

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Back to basics: making government effective in Mali, Africa

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Education spending and the danger of narrow policy thinking

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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House committee puts a halt to Wimmer’s tax bill

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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