Utah may see a $200 million revenue surplus


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  • MrTuscadero Houston, TX
    June 24, 2013 5:54 p.m.

    Now that the word is out that there is a surplus, the politicians will spend it faster than LBJ blew the Social Security Fund. And the projects they spend it on will end up 250% overbudget, and then the people will end up with a 600 million shortfall.

    Remember, every government project is poorly designed (if designed at all,) five years late, and 200% over budget. That is why I'd recommend cutting spending more, and not spending the surplus. After all, if the surplus were invested at interest, it might eventually make enough money that tax revenues can be lowered with offset from the INTEREST income from the accumulating surplus. Just don't loan it to the feds.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    June 24, 2013 10:18 a.m.

    Whatever you do, don't leave a windfall sitting around. It make politicians do crazy things.
    Adjust your tax rates downward. You can always bring them back up if you need them.

  • crystalball Garden City, UT
    June 24, 2013 7:31 a.m.

    How about a LONG-OVERDUE PAY RAISE FOR STATE EMPLOYEES who haven't had a regular pay increase in about 6 years? It is sad to say that I have brought home less pay in each of the last consecutive 6 years!

  • roberto Moses Lake, WA
    June 23, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    Could we send our legislators and Governor down there to learn a thing or two? Then send them back when they have learned your lessons.... on second thought, just keep them

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    June 23, 2013 8:26 a.m.

    ManintheMiddle, is it because the teachers aren't teaching the kids how to read or that the kids (and their parents) aren't putting in the necessary time to learn how to read? I agree that there are bad teachers, but let us not forget that there are bad students (and parents) as well. Lets place blame where it belongs.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    June 23, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    The "rainy day" fund is how the state legislature siphons money from the Income Tax (Education Fund) and puts it towards the General Fund when extracted. It is a nice accounting gimmick to ensure that our roads get repaired with education dollars when "the big one" hits, because apparently, a 7.0 earthquake is just about the only thing that qualifies as a rainy day.

  • very concerned Sandy, UT
    June 23, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    Truthfully, I'm glad to live in a state that, with all it's foibles and idiosyncrasies, is saving money (i.e. Rainy Day Fund) for unforeseen downturns. With all the places that are hurting because they have no such fund, I'm grateful we do.

    I think it is wise and prudent to do so.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    June 23, 2013 6:43 a.m.

    Lies and deception, its getting to the point that a revolt to shut down government is due.

    If all these tax hikes and increases halve become surplus than the hoax is an illegal tax adjustments. There was no shortages or loses, it was all a lie to acquire and expand government more.

    And the people of Utah are more concerned about and infraction of an elections law according to the federal department of justice peculation that concern the federal governemnt? Pitiful and criminal when a fraud of $200 million dollars threat to their existence is irrelevant? What a bunch of hypocrites live in Utah who put more value in lies than the lives of their families and governmnent stealing the hard earned money.

    But in a state of Nirvana (Utah) socialism the subjects are the fools and they can't tell when they are being made a fool. Collaborate damage and death of their freedoms don't even compute, is must not have been put in the computers in the schools. Freedom is a curse and not good for mind control.

  • ManInTheMiddle SANDY, UT
    June 22, 2013 11:59 p.m.

    Please give it to our best teachers - please. Give the bad teachers a hint that they aren't wanted in our classrooms and they need to move on. Our kids can't read. We must improve the adults we hire.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    June 22, 2013 11:31 p.m.

    Something must be terribly wrong.

    A well run government is one in which we're spending way more than we're talking in

    If we're not massively in debt, we're not doing things right.

    Someone get barack on the phone so he can help us figure this mess out

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    June 22, 2013 8:34 p.m.

    I'll be the first to say it. All teachers in the state should get a one time bonus with this money. Divide it up by the number of teachers and send it out accordingly.

    We've balanced the budget on their backs for far too long.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    June 22, 2013 8:18 p.m.

    Only a politician will claim this is "extra money to spend."

    Taxpayers (and voters!) will see it the state confiscating more of the money they EARNED than was really needed, and it should be RETURNED!

    Then, go back to work and cut spending some more. Government is still way too big, with too many programs, and too much inefficiency.

  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    June 22, 2013 8:01 p.m.

    Estimates aren't always real -- don't spend the money before you get it . -- Like the Federal gov't does.