When you break this down essentially what they want to do is take money from a
child's dinner plate, in order to put money into the child's
education. It really doesn't make much sense.
A tax for nourishment?"No" for fresh, nourishing products -
fresh vegetables, fruits, etc. - which support the health.Yes, a tax
on "Junk-food" would be great, since Junk-foods do not fortify the
health, but causes malnutrition, allergies, illnesses . . . Junk-food
should be classified as tobacco and alcohol and other non-healthy addictive
items.Also yes on sweet carbonated beverages.
Dear Dave Neiderhouser.You are already on my *list from the legislative
seasion last year. There just isn't a tax you don't like. I am one
of your constituents and I can pretty much guarentee that you will not have my
vote when you come up for election. It just doesn't matter how much we are
taxed, it is never enough. Better figure something else out.
I again bring up the honest question & someone please answer ...When was the last year that a tax/fee was not increased/modified/created all
in the name of 'The Children/Education'?I can't
remember a year, even at a local level!
It's kind of strange that the State has finally been able to win their
argument for online sales tax - a move that is supposed to generate millions in
tax revenue for the State - but it's not enough. We need to find more ways
to squeeze every little penny from the peons who are not in elected positions
already. What can we possibly do with money that Big Brother
can't make us do better than we ever could on our own?
Teachers who teach full time in the classroom need better pay. Just to be clear
what my positions are. Teachers need better pay. Admins and supervisors do not
need better pay. Janitors and bus drivers do not need better pay.Sales
tax on food is a dinosaur idea. Most states abandoned this long ago.
C'mon Utah legislators, get it. We don't need the poor to pay their
fair share as some poster said, we do need to follow our Christian values and
help the poor. This talk about sales tax on food which falls heavily on the
poor needs to be put in the grave.A much better plan is to raise income
taxes. Keep the progressive tax rate system which allows deductions for
selected reasons and which causes the more wealthy among us to contribute more
to our society. In case they don't do it voluntarily. Soak the rich
before you step on the poor.Education is the way out of poverty, everyone
opines. So let's make education better, usually that means better pay for
teachers, better facilities. And pay for it from the coffers of those who are
seeing the most benefit, the wealthy. Democracy, raise your hand, call
for those high earners to give back more.
Why don't you raise our already outrageous $1,300 rental rates too while
you're at it, and create more and more homeless families and working
poor????????????????? This is insane.
I agree that we don't need any tax increase.However, if we are
going to get hit with a tax increase for schools, let's make sure it is a
tax that is equitable as far as school funding goes. Food tax is
about as close to a head tax as you can get without actually counting heads.
More people in a home means more food. Sounds far more equitable to me than
soaking the rich who happen to build a large, expensive home or who earn (yes
earn) more money than someone else.The truly poor won't be hit
at all by this as sales tax doesn't affect food stamp users.The
lavishly wealthy will pay more as they buy their high priced food items.And we can drop the silly games of trying to distinguish between
"ready to eat" and "stables". There is no rational reason why
food stamps should be paying for take and bake (Papa Murphy) pizza while ready
baked (Pizza Hut) pizza is hit with taxes.We tax homes and most
clothing purchases, both of which are necessities of life. We tax medications.
We tax transportation. No special reason that food, or politically favored food
types, should be tax exempt.
I cannot believe that the number of fee and tax increases proposed this year by
a legislature who just doesn't get it that the taxpayers pockets are empty.
Stop wasting on money on save the wolves and ports in CA and other things that
the people of Utah cannot afford.The first place to make changes is
in what is spent for our 'volunteers' on capital hill. Yes, I saw that
written in the DN yesterday in a letter to the editor. They receive large per
diems, hotel reimbursement, meals, entertainment, and healthcare for life for
the rep and spouse. This needs to end.Do not start taxing for food
again. Stop the boondoggle of spending for pet projects and start doing the
right thing for those you supposedly represent.
We should eliminate property tax exemptions for churches and religious
institutions.Church of Scientology should pay property taxes.Catholic Church should pay property taxes.Evangelical Churches should
pay property taxes.Mosques should pay property taxes.and yesthe LDS church should pay property taxes.After we do that, if
there is still not enough to pay teachers, they lets talk about sales tax on
food. People need food before they need religiously owned property.
Raise oil royalties, they haven't been raised since the 30's, Raise
taxes on the extraction industries. It's not like they'll take there
business elsewhere, oils and minerals aren't simply where the tax breaks
are.Luxury taxes should also come way before regressive food taxes.
Raising the sales tax on food is just wrong. I've heard some legislators
say that since poor people don't pay much income tax it is fair to have
them pay something for the state services and food tax is the way to get it.
Am I correct that the legislature is talking about spending $25m on
homeless people? Having terrific homeless benefits encourages more of these
people to come to the state. How many homeless are there in Utah? 3,000? $8k
per person? Utah represents itself as a fiscally prudent state. Please
don't increase taxes on the backs of the workers and poor.
Personally, I get really tired that families who have more children don't
get taxed for them. Everyone should pay their way -- even big families.
How about cutting out tax breaks for more than three children? Breeding like
rabbits is the central problem.
Or, you could raise the tax on the 5%ers.
Why not take 20% of the wages and benefits from the politicians and their
appointees? We can close the gap without raising taxes. Politicians are
already generously compensated plus given more in perks and bribes than most
Utahans make in a year. Maybe tack on a 20% tax to lobbyists also.Now that is creative thinking.
Whats worse than having 25-39% of your income stripped from you with
federal/social suckurity/medicare tax? Tack on State income tax. Tack on sales
tax. Tack on property tax. Tack on health/housing/rental/car insurance. 60% or
more people have no savings largely because .... government and regulations
requiring all of the above. Reality is 40-60% of the voter base doesn't
even mind the above scenario and stupidly prefer it that way.You
want change? Convince people they need to be frugal and self sufficient and
personally responsible for their actions.So when bonds and tax
increases are voted on they are soundly defeated. The lack of people feeling the
need to be personally responsible fuels big government.Frugal is
totally lost on half the voter base. At the same time mettlesome greed permeates
every corner of our society from the contractors and business that service
consumer and government needs. We need a return to generosity. A willingness to
lower prices for goods and services and and increase in employee compensation.
Econ 101, this will hurt the state more than it will help.By taxing
food a necessity of life it has a big effect on the lower Income people that
have trouble making ends meet.If anything Utah needs to follow most
western states and eliminate tax on food all together.This is the
"moral" thing to do.Don't tax the necessities of life.
Increase taxes? What is this, Kalifornia? Try reducing government waste. We
spend over $9,000 per student, 25 kids in a class, $225,000 a year. Lease a
space and share a playground for $50,000 a year, utilities and janitorial
$25,000 a year, supplies and a ipad/laptop for each kid $30,000 a year and you
still have $120,000 left over to pay the teacher. I think we have a spending
problem, not a school funding program. Try cutting the unecessary administration
and building costs first before raising taxes.
If they are going to raise tax on food only do junk food and pop. Food is a
necessity of life and should not be taxed any further. If we are in a flush
economy with low unemployment and we have a rainy day fund why is there a
problem? What can be cut before we look at more taxes?
Taxing food to fund schools is a bad idea and an inefficient way to pay for
education.The tax on food is not deductible for Federal tax purposes
like income or property taxes. So raising funds this way simply sends more Utah
money back to Washington to be redistributed or spent. If we need more money
for schools, increase the income tax or the property tax. At least these are
tax efficient means that keep more money in our local economy.
Lost tax dollars in Utah are staggering. Huge amounts of potential tax dollars
being gobbled up by a certain organization to build and maintain a business
empire. Lets talk about that before you suggest raising taxes.
Let's identify the core issue here: the poor spend a larger share of their
income on food. The rich spend a smaller share, even if they're eating
filet mignon and lobsters every evening.An increase in the sales tax
on food thus falls upon those least able to pay. Increasing the
income tax--or better, going back to the system of increasing rates that we once
had--might ensure that we fund our schools without hurting working families.
We need massive budget cuts, immediately. Herbert crows about Utah's
economy, which should be flush with money. But, we need to increase taxes for
gas, food & education? Sounds like our tax dollars are being mismanaged by
Utah's GOP leadership.
Leave it to this gop-controlled legislature to return to a bad tax policy from
the past, an idea that has been rejected soundly for good reason in most if not
all states. Why? C'mon Utah, wake up, get your taxes somewhere else.
Dnews my comment was not against your policies.So is the legislature
going to disclose the actual increase they want to raise sales tax on food by
271 percent like they are demanding for the state income tax initiative?
The citizens of Utah are paying a high enough percentage of their incomes in
taxes. No tax increase is acceptable. Time to look at how the money is being
Food should not be taxed.
Restoring the full sales tax on food is a horrible idea. What is