Senate approves bill to raise Utah sales tax on food

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  • Burnham Bountiful, Utah
    March 1, 2011 12:46 a.m.

    Excuse Me! My husband and I are retired on social security and haven't received a cost of living increase for several years now but everything else continues to go up. We are not on food stamps or federal assistance of any kind and it is hard to buy food and pay for medicines as well as pay our mortgage. This is an inexcusable increase in expenses for those of us in the lower income levels. Please stop this from happening!!! Someone has to protect those who have less, don't they? Are we supposed to decide whether to eat or have a place to live or whether to forgo taking medicine? Please assist, lawmakers and others who have the means to make their voices heard.

  • Pam in Illinois Great Lakes, IL
    Feb. 28, 2011 6:15 p.m. looks like they will need to be voted out of office as well. What a shame!

  • Mont Pugmire Fairview, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 6:14 p.m.

    By the way, with fuel and commodities going WAY UP, the sly lawmakers KNOW that this is a revenue GAIN. It is NOT revenue neutral. Mont

  • Mont Pugmire Fairview, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    This is just wrong. MOST states have NO tax on food and to raise it in these difficult economic times is a gross error in judgment by our legislature. Thanks be for people like Sen. Waddoups, senate president, who voted correctly on this one. Mont

  • Craig Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    Sales taxes are evil and the worst of all is a food tax. It hit the poor harder than the rich, making sales taxes regressive. The best tax is an income tax. The Senators who voted for this need to be tossed out on their butts.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Feb. 28, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    You are not alone in your opinion. The Utah Senate agrees with you.

  • slowden North Salt Lake, Utah
    Feb. 28, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    Honestly I know I shouldn't be but, I am always amazed at the ignorant comments. My husband and I work hard, dont take food stamps and prob. wouldn't qualify for them anyway. However, as if buying healthy food wasn't expensive enough? Lets just add to this!? This is insane! I could understand taxing sweets and sodas but everything? I mean we pay enough for fresh veggies and milk anyway. And No, we don't have any kids nor do we plan on feeding an army of kids. But still the cost of healthy food is ridiculous. The only thing this bill will do is force are already overweight country to be more junk.

  • TwoCents Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    @ sisucas

    Unhealthy food is cheaper. Meats, fruits, veggies are more expensive than pasta, instant boxed food, etc. Canned goods cost less than fresh good especially with sales. We may not be starving, but we are starving in terms of nutrients.

  • TwoCents Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 5:28 p.m.

    Someone tell me why it's bad to add taxes based on income, but super cool and awesome to add taxes where it hurts the folks who are barely making it the most.

    While our wonderful congressmen are busy spreading that happiness and joy, they will be pulling funding from higher education as well. Tuition prices are up, gas prices are up, food prices are up, healthcare is out of control for those who are apparently too lazy to find a job to provide it..

    Being a college student right now is sooo much fun, I highly recommend it.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 5:26 p.m.

    One more example of the out-of-touch wealthy that have NO IDEA what it is like to work from week to week.

    What goes around, comes around...

    Their day is coming.

  • dogchow1 Murray, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 5:23 p.m.

    Looks like it's time to take down names and prepare for the next election for these senators. Raising taxes instead of cutting waste. Not forgiveable.

  • sisucas San Bernardino, CA
    Feb. 28, 2011 5:19 p.m.

    Nobody i nthe US is starving. Our biggest problem right now is that we are the fattest country in history, with massive health-care costs related to our weight-based illnesses. Maybe we should tax food even more, or at least the bad stuff.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Feb. 28, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    How utterly shameful. Why not tax Tiny Tim's crutch as well?

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    Step 1) Utah institutes a flat income tax
    Result) Tax revenues drop drastically
    Step 2) Bash the Federal government's financial problems, while simultaneously taking more federal money that you give.
    Result) Temporarily survive a budget deficit without gutting our already last-in-the-nation education funding.
    Step 3) Shift the tax burden further away from the rich people and down to the working poor by raising food tax and offsetting it with tax cuts on general items.
    Result) The end of the viable middle class in the State of Utah.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    Feb. 28, 2011 4:06 p.m.

    To "AT | 3:30 p.m. " how about we call them what they are, Progressives.

  • Joggle Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    The people who can least afford it are already being subsidized with food stamps and food banks. They mostly don't pay a food tax. On top of that....they often don't pay federal taxes because of EIC. They often get a bigger refund than they paid in taxes. I find this tax more fair across the board because most people will have to pay it. I object to taxes that target one specfic group of people, for example the so-called "sin" taxes or property taxes. I see this as a fair way to raise revenue for schools by taxing the families who use them most because the more children you have to feed...the more you'll have to pay! This gets the parents of large families to pay more of the educational costs of their children instead of targeting specific groups. A person buying $100 worth of food pays $4.35 food tax....big deal!

    It may sound heartless...but this taxpayer is tired of being penalized by a culture I don't agree with! I limited my children to how many I could afford to feed...not to how many a God said I should_have!

  • AT Prospect, KY
    Feb. 28, 2011 3:30 p.m.

    Commodities - in particular food (corn, wheat, soy, et al.) are all way up. The price increases will really start hitting next month. This is indeed a shrewd fundraising move by your politicians. Those increases will make them a boatload of money.

    Until we figure out that the Republicans and Democrats are two wings of the same party (call it the Establishment Party, the War Party, Republicrat, whatever), we will continue down the same path.

    You've got to cut spending, - push government to the lowest level possible. Take control and keep it local.

  • David B. Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 3:27 p.m.

    Haven't you all figured it out yet! It's one giant ponzi scheme enacted by a group of people that think they are more entitled to the money than you are.This has to stop or the people will act out soon.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    Who's minding the henhouse?

    While Tea-party Utahns were out crying about the imaganery tax increases on the mega-wealthy Americans that never happened...

    The hypocrites on the Salt Lake Hill raise taxes on those who could least afford it.

    Good becomes Evil...