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Published: Saturday, Feb. 2 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Utah_1
Salt Lake City, UT

People that are working, but struggling to have enough money to pay bills often target a mortgage/rent, utilities, transportation and then food. When someone walks into a store with $3 left to buy food, you don't tell them it is OK they don't have enough money to buy milk or chicken, they will get $80 at the end of the year. Raising the tax on food increases the number of people needing help from the community, church or government and is the wrong thing to do.

I am hopeful this will not pass the house this year, like an increase in the food tax didn't pass the house in 2011 even though it passed the senate.

The proposal that passed the senate in 2011 and was killed in the house was to lower the overall sales tax and raise the tax on food to match. It was to be no overall increase on tax.

That still would have hit fixed income individuals and those struggling to make it in the current economy.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Utah has the lowest tax in mineral extraction
in the intermountain west. There are other
alternatives. We dont need to raise the tax on
food.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

The old and poor are not job creators and cannot contribute vast amounts to elections.

Darrel
Eagle Mountain, UT

I have a hard time with a tax on an item someone needs to survive. One can live without owning a home, owning a car, cigarettes or alcohol. But there is no escaping the need to eat, and in today's society the majority cannot/do not grow/hunt their own food.

Wasn't this the same legislature that had a surplus last year? (Utah Gov Gary Herbert reports $85 million surplus in state budget. 12 Sep 2012)

It has been reported that a lowering of the general sales tax would accompany the food tax increase, but I find myself questioning the logic behind it.

Behind pay increases, increases by anonymous donors to campaigns, and now this I really have to question the prudence of the Legislative body. I hope the Governor has the sense to veto any of these that should pass.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

I wonder what President Monson thinks of this? If the savior came, what would he think? Tax the people merely trying to buy food while barely taxing industry and business?

How Christlike!

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Utah Republicans are only dead-set against tax increases on the wealthy 1% proposed by Pres. Obama or any democrats.

Utah Republicans are all FOR tax increases on the poor, sick and the needy and only on life necessary items such as FOOD, clothing and shelter.

Copy Cat
Murray, UT

OMM

"Utah Republicans are all FOR tax increases on the poor, sick and the needy and only on life necessary items such as FOOD, clothing and shelter."

Now here is a liberal putting words in republicans' mouths which simply aren't there. NO where do I hear the republican masses asking for a tax increase. I think you have them mixed up the other party, the tax and spend party, called democrat party.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

@ Copy Cat

You are wrong. Liberals aren't asking for a tax increase. It is the GOP here in the Utah legislature which is asking for it. Please, do some fact checking next time. Thank you

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Cut taxes for millionaires.

Raise taxes on food.

There is a reason the Republican party are having trouble with the American people...

'The $2.5 Trillion tragedy: What America has given up for 10 years of Bush tax cuts' -
By Zaid Jilani – Think Progress – 07/07/11

'While doing so, Bush promised prosperity and growth, but the nation got neither.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Copy Cat
Uh... we're talking about the Utah state legislature. Democrats have no power there. Republicans are the ones you have to deal with. The Republican masses may not be calling for a tax increase, but Republican big money donors and insiders don't care about regressive taxes that disproportionately affect those at the bottom. After all Obama wanted to keep the payroll tax holiday but with no republicans and only about half the Democrats on his side he gave up on that in the fiscal cliff negotiation so taxes went back up on that.

airnaut
Everett, 00

Copy Cat
Murray, UT
OMM

NO where do I hear the republican masses asking for a tax increase. I think you have them mixed up the other party, the tax and spend party, called democrat party.
8:40 p.m. Feb. 2, 2013
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Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, is getting ready to propose that the sales tax on food be raised back to its original level, or perhaps even higher.

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1. Stop.
2. Read.
3. Try not to blindly and ignorantly "Copy Cat" eevrything you hear on AM radio.

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