Natalie Gochnour: Why Utah should reform the state sales tax system

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  • educanto north salt lake, UT
    March 3, 2019 5:38 p.m.

    During the Gov. Walker administration a high level panel addressed the coming need for tax changes. The panel was chaired by Gary Cornia and Keith Prescott. When it became clear that there was going to be a need for restructuring taxes including the sales tax, the effort was scuttled. The predicted fiscal " train wreck" is now here. The legislature has done a variety things to adjust the state budget to avoid any kind of tax increase. For example, instead of raising the gas tax to pay for roads the legislature juggled education funds to allow more funding in the general fund to pay for roads. The fact is the State is not generating enough revenue from the right sources to meet current needs. Yes, adjust the sales tax to get the needed revenue, but don't use education funds as part of the equation.

  • Judi H Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 22, 2019 10:01 p.m.

    Adding $70 mil to the nominal expense of Medicaid expansion is kicking the can down the road, no? What am I missing?