Published: Saturday, Feb. 2 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
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
Utah has the lowest tax in mineral extraction in the intermountain west.
There are otheralternatives. We dont need to raise the tax onfood.
The old and poor are not job creators and cannot contribute vast amounts to
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.
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!
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.
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.
@ Copy CatYou 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
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.
@Copy CatUh... 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.
Copy CatMurray, UTOMMNO 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---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. ========1. Stop.2. Read.3. Try not
to blindly and ignorantly "Copy Cat" eevrything you hear on AM radio.
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