Published: Tuesday, Oct. 16 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Why does it have to be a tax hike? Why can't it be a closing of
loopholes?1. Maybe the plan is to only allow 2 children to qualify
for the state child tax deduction.2. How about reducing the state
deductions on any other various item?3. Maybe the plan is to
increase the excise tax on oil and natural gas to equal levels in surrounding
states?My thoughts are it could be a combination of the 3. #3 would
bring in approximately $1.5 Billion a year right there. Reducing deductions and
the child tax credit easily would cover the remaining cost. This would affect
those with multiple houses and those with many children. Yet the costs to those
parents can be off set with a reduction to the total credit amount rather than
stopping the deduction at 2 children.Even if only #3 happens above,
we would jump from 50th to 35th in education spending. This can reduce class
sizes, lower tuition rates at post secondary institutions and provide a better
education to the children of Utah.
This letter would be a lot more credible if the writer would let us know exactly
which services she is willing to forgo in the name of low taxes.
Maybe Cooke has been studying Romney's campaign, lots of promises, zero
Well, duh. What we haven't yet figured out as Americans or Utahns is that
you get what you pay for. If we really want all the services from government
that we apparently do want, and a decent education system to boot, well, guess
what, folks? We are going to have to pay for it. No more of this GOP nonsense
that we can have it all without taxing. And don't give me that nonsense
about Republicans wanting to cut a trillion dollars out of the budget. They know
they will never do it. They need to finally toss Grover Norquist under the bus
and agree to raise taxes at least to historic levels, which probably will be
insufficient, given the hole the Bush tax cuts, two unfunded wars, and the Great
Recession have left us in. All you need is second-grade math to figure out this
Ellen, I do hope that you hold Bro. Romney and Sis. Love to your same
standard.I encourage you all to visit Sis. Love's website and
tell me that it isn't the most vague campaign website they've ever
seen. Have you visited it Ellen? Please do. Click "issues"
and you'll see absolutely NO details for any plans... In fact, you
don't even see plans! You merely see 3 super vague talking points,
"Fiscal responsibility, personal accountability, and limited
government." That's all! Can you believe that Ellen?As for Bro. Romney, I see a lot of promises, no details whatsoever. Like
his $5 trillion dollar tax cut that won't favor the rich or raise our
deficit? Do you know how he will do that Ellen?So while your demand
that details be made is noble I do hope that you apply them consistently.
Otherwise, you're just playing political games. Playing political games is
the last thing we need right now Ellen.
Re: Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT"Maybe Cooke has been studying
Romney's campaign, lots of promises, zero details."Or maybe
Cooke has been studying Obama's last 4 years. Lots of promises, zero
"Or maybe Cooke has been studying Obama's last 4 years. Lots of
promises, zero results."Then why are folks like you so angry at
the laws and programs he has passed and created, claim that he's driving us
into socialism, and complain about the debts if they were already in place by
the previous administration (since you claim that Obama hasn't done
anything)?You can't have it both ways. repubs
can't complain about Obama not doing anything and then complain about it
when he does. Which is funny, Mitt claims that he'll create
jobs while at the same claiming that government cannot create jobs. Hilarious how the puppets talk out of both sides of their mouths.
What Roland and Rifleman agree on, I surmise, is that Cooke is a politician.
Wow, imagine that.
Makid, old man, Roland, Maverik,What IS Cooke's plan? He says he
will reveal it within 120 days of taking office.Obfuscating by
talking about Romney or Love does not change the fact Cooke has given no
details.You seem fine with BO, who gave no details about anything in
2008 and lied when he said legislation would be posted on the web before being
voted on so we could see the details. Why is it OK for Cooke and BO to short on
detail or outright lie as BO has done so much but BAAAADDDD!!!!!! that romney
and love have not given you more details to twist and contort and lie about?HVH,I cannot answer for Rifleman, but if I were to do so, "OK,
zero POSITIVE results"
At least Peter Cooke has a plan. Gov. Herbert's plan since he took office
seems to be: 1. wait and see what brings in bad publicity 2.
if the bad publicity doesn't go away, apologize for whatever is causing it
and call for it to be changed 3. get away with everything that slipped
under the radarRemember the I-15 Core payout? Denise Graham? The
death of GRAMA? The overzealous GOP sex-ed bill? Herbert will reluctantly see to
it that the right thing is done, but only if and when his constituents complain
loudly enough. That's not moral fortitude; that's milquetoastitude.
Governor Herbert has told us that his number one budget priority has always been
education and he puts his money where his mouth is. That is why $2 out of every
$3 of our state budget goes directly to education and as well as an additional
$200 million this year. I understand Ellen's point. What is
Cooke's secret plan? How can he put more money into education without
raising taxes? The Governor has stated that his plan is to grow the economy and
that will produce more revenue to the state and subsequently put more money
toward education. Think about it, if more people are working, more people are
paying income taxes, then 2 out of every 3 dollars of that income tax with go
toward the public education. Simple. Utah is unique. We have the
youngest population in the country. I appreciate the Governor's approach of
avoiding tax increases and developing an efficient system to benefit our
students. Utah students are succeeding as well with increasing graduation rates
and AP test scores. Simply throwing more money into the system is not always the
best solution, especially at the cost of the taxpayer.
Re: The Real Maverick Orem, UT"Then why are folks like you so angry at
the laws and programs he has passed and created ...."Because the
promises Obama made in 2008 have turned out to be hollow. What the Republicans
understand is that the economic answers are with private enterprise and not with
the bungling politicians in Washington that couldn't balance a checkbook to
save their lives.
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