Is it time to talk gas tax? Legislature kicks off Monday

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  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 3:54 p.m.

    Diapers and baby food? You hurt the kids.

    2ยข tax on jello and ice cream non essentials, not healthy, used by a majority instead of sin tax on minorities.

    Gas tax is a great Idea to cut down on those commuting in their rolling billboard Hummer's.

    Here's a novel idea... raise the royalties on oil and gas production in Utah, haven't done that since the 1920's and it's about time,. There's also none of that hurting business and they'll leave nonsense, since oil's where you find it not where corporate taxes are lowest.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 1:01 p.m.

    Tax diapers and baby food. Problem solved

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 11:49 a.m.

    The Utah legislative sessions are like an NBA game...
    nothing of note happens until the last 2 minutes

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 10:53 a.m.

    Another word for money is currency. How about channeling it instead of diverting it.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 27, 2014 10:38 a.m.


    Not necessarily I may be paying for all their welfare, wic etc etc.

  • oaklandaforlife SLC, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 9:58 a.m.

    And so the forty five day circus at the capital begins today. How wonderful.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 11:58 p.m.

    NeilT - one the bright side, all of those kids will paying your social securiry.

  • Ice Cream Sandwich provo, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 11:56 p.m.

    Alternative to raising gas taxes: cut government. Then you'll have less people spending our money, and it may make legislators more wary of their wanton eyes. Progress does not necessarily mean growth.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 10:02 p.m.

    Please don't refer to it as a "head tax". It's time that large, LDS families pay for their life style and stop having the silent minority pay their way. No more state deductions for more than 2 children.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 3:49 p.m.

    I am single and I always end up paying more taxes than my friends with large families. They can't wait for their big refund, I struggle to pay. I support limiting exemptions. Can't come soon enough.

  • bill in af American Fork, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 3:09 p.m.

    Senator Jones has a practical and common sense idea in handling our state need for education funding with limits on exemptions. It does not increase taxes and yet is a way to still help fund a growing student population in the state. Too bad many Republican legislators will not support it because the idea is being proposed by a Democrat.

  • LA Mormon West Valley, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 1:54 p.m.


    Your comments are very interesting, why would some who is a "moocher" as you say leave California. California provides greater benefits for the so called "moocher". Or could it be there is something different at play here. Utah has space for affordable development and many places in California real estate is out of reach for a lot of people. San Francisco real estate is terribly expensive. California residents want high standard of living and they will bring their philosophies and ideas with them. Utah needs to become more progressive and look for solutions to pollution. I welcome progressive minded people to the state and I do hope Utah is transformed with multiple viewpoints on issues. Utah has had only one viewpoint represented for far too long and we are seeing the results and they are not very good overall. This has nothing to do with "mooching".

  • Bruce A. Frank San Jose, CA
    Jan. 26, 2014 1:33 p.m.

    Is that typical or what. "Though there is adequate revenue now," the thought process is to raise taxes rather than cutting boondoggle expenditures. Is there a requirement that for someone to run for office they have to have a genetic defect preventing them from understanding how to balance a budget by controlling expenditures rather than believe that taxpayers are bottomless money pits? I live in CA now. I see a CA to UT migration. Some wishing to get from under repressive laws and taxes in CA. Others making the move are intent on converting UT to a strongly Blue state, as was done with Colorado. You allow increases in government freebees and UT will become the destination of the "moocher" Left. And, the morality and self-sufficiency of the Utah community will be diluted with too many who think the government and the taxpayer are a primary charity organization. Control your expenditures!

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 12:20 p.m.

    Utah is overly taxes? Huh? What are you basing this on? Somalia, which doesn't have any taxes whatsoever?

    So let me get this straight... When times are bad, we can't raise taxes. Now that times are good, we still can't raise taxes? So when can taxes be raised then?

    Sorry, but we have roads, school, and other necessary services to be financed. We can't live in a 21st century world and live with 19th century taxes.

    We need to raise taxes. A few bucks here and there won't break anybody. Time for big families to be held accountable. If you decide to have a big family then expect to pay for it.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 12:10 p.m.

    No More Houses/Businesses/Industry on the Wasatch Front.

    The Wasatch Front air is sick, because of congestion, cars going 75 mph on road to limitless destinations to get a burger, $Billion dollar road projects in the wrong locations with sick airshed, and basically very poor planning.

    Having the dirtiest air in the nation in the highest birthing area of the nation is just plain stupid. The cause is sick air is the Wasatch Front Valley Bowl. Our beautiful Wasatch Mountains created a bowl limiting the amount of people that can live in its Valley.

    The carrying capacity of Wasatch Front Valley airshed has exceeded its natural carrying capacity for people making grandpa, grandma, mom, dad,children, cats/dogs sick.

    What is the point of a deluxe education system, modern buildings, and ipad education if the mothers of students pull their children from school to literally save their lives because of dirty air caused by over development along the Wasatch Front Valley?

    We can see the dirty air we breath. It's time to reduce mph for on the highways, stop UDOT projects which increase car counts, stop building permits. Nature created an area which will not tolerate an unlimited population.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    NO more taxes period. Work harder in legislature to cut waste, such as paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties for improper job-bid observations so companies benefit from doing nothing more than bidding on a job. Work on getting more for the amazing natural resources we have in this state, minerals and fuel. We need to charge air pollution fees to the sources of that pollution, with pollution as the focus, to clean up our air.

  • jim l West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 9:22 a.m.

    Please do not increase the gas tax. We pay enough already. We do not need to kill a struggling economy. Outlaw driving kids to school, make them walk like we did. Have you seen the school parking lots during drop off time and pick up? Its a major traffic jam. Stop the wood burning. I have a wood stove that I would gladly use only in an emergency. There are other ways to help. I am over 60 and I remember these inversions going on forever. Its nothing new.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 9:20 a.m.

    Truth in taxation was a law that took my say about any thing Ut. wants to tax me on. To think that people voted for that, WOW.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 9:10 a.m.

    If we need to raise revenues locally for roads, why not go back to a property tax on cars? Change the registration "fees" that are not deductible from Federal taxes back to a property tax, raise them by 15-20% (or whatever the average marginal Federal tax rate is in the state), and presto, the state gets more money, we have more money for roads, and everyone gets a Federal tax deduction on their automotive property taxes. More money for roads, and no net tax increase. It's a win-win.

  • Joemamma W Jordan, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 8:16 a.m.

    How is taxing the gas going to fix the problem??
    All that's going to do is put a bigger burden on low income families.
    We still have to get to work somehow and for some people the bus or train is not an option
    Our state government is starting to sound like the federal government when they come up with these none sensible ideas.
    This sounds just like cap and trade taxing the air we breath.
    The only solution to mitigate this problem since we'll never be able to get rid of it is: fewer car on the roads or incentivize electric cars, vanpooling or carpooling. electric cars will increase the demand for electricity thus forcing electric companies to increase their prices
    People that are not from Utah don't seem to understand that this problem has been around longer than economic boom or industrialized development has been around. tripling the size of our population only exasperates the problem more but we will never get rid of inversions.

    Taxing the gasoline is a dumb solution worthy of liberal democrats but not conservative republicans

  • Cedarcreek320 Star Valley Ranch, WY
    Jan. 26, 2014 8:11 a.m.

    What a perfect combination! Raise the speed limit so more gas will be burned, then raise the gas tax. BRILLIANT!!!!!

  • TN Cougar Johnson City, TN
    Jan. 26, 2014 3:58 a.m.

    I love Utah, but it certainly is not a tax friendly state. States have four ways of raising funds for the treasury: 1) State Income Tax, 2) State Sales Tax, 3) State Property Tax, 4) and fees associated with government services. Utah is high in each of these. The answer to the states future funding woes is not to increase is to manage the states affairs with the current amount of taxing already in place. Granted, roads and education are important ways for the state to spend money, but if increases are needed in theses areas, then cuts should be made in other less essential areas.

  • Commodore West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 12:04 a.m.

    Please do not increase the gas tax. There is a saying about death being caused by a thousand cuts. We are being taxed to death by a thousand "small" tax increases.