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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4 2014 5:50 p.m. MST

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Taylorsville, UT

Its preferable that they set a flat sales tax per gallon rate but this 12.5 cents seems a little more than we are paying now and what does the other .2-.3 cents sales tax on "other" purchased items mean? Does it refer to other items purchased at the gas stations or does it mean a state wide general sales tax increase on everything? I think it means the latter.

So with the economy being tanked by quadrupling health care insurance and $8000/yr prepayment losses from income and lost wages and for health care during house bound illnesses the workers will lose, why not raise taxes too and deplete the economy of consumer spending with higher taxes?

This legislature is planing for the future when in a couple of years as tax revenues will also take another dump. This may be the first time in 150 years that taxation is being implemented for economic failure rather that economic growth. Road repairs and maintenance, education, welfare will be the least of their worries in 2 years.

Unemployment will skyrocket when people with jobs are fired as no show workers becasue of health issues and injuries they can't afford to get help.

Salt Lake City, UT

So tax food instead of cars, then they can still drive their gas guzzler's and the poor can pay more for food. Sounds like our legislature.

Bluffdale, UT

hey they never took the sales tax off beer for the flood years in the 80s. this is a high tax state we all know it.

liberty or ...?
Ogden, UT

I have a better idea stop wasting it on front runner and trax lines that operate in the negative, stop investing in bus routes that are not necessary,Stop trying to nickel and dime tax me to death to take the public transportation system which limits my options, takes twice as long and is inconvenient.Weed out and eliminate the unecessary positions at the state and federal levles. That would free up a lot of revenue.

John Locke
Ivins, , UT

There is not a lot of media attention to what Scott Walker has done in Wisconsin since he took office. The were running deficits under democrat administrations and now have a substantial surplus. All states, especially those with republican majorities, ought to look at states who have a surplus, and what they are doing to establish it.

Pete Wilson, former Governor of California, had a surplus when he left office and now California spends like it has money growing on trees, instead of oranges.

We need to learn from the experiences of others so that we can reduce taxes, not raise them, or at least grow the economy so that more people are working and paying taxes, or are paying more taxes based earning a higher income...very simple. Reagan had it right. More jobs, more income for the government with corresponding responsibilities to spend it wisely or save it for a rainy day.

Let's invest in our state economy by emphasizing why companies need to come to Utah and in the process, create more jobs.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

roads should be funded by the gas tax, and that is the ONLY place the gas tax should go. it is truly a user's fee and should remain so.

Salt Lake City, Utah

I thought education was the top priority in this state. Interesting that over the years we have cut the income tax (prime source of education funding) diverted some of the income tax to higher ed (so we could have more money for transportation) and now we are talking about creating another revenue source for transportation, but we never try to create new revenue sources for education. Lets at least be honest transportation is the top priority.

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