Your up-to-the-hour look at Day 32 of the 2019 Utah Legislature

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  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2019 3:57 p.m.

    The tax code needs to be fair, everyone needs to pay their fair share and we need more people working and paying taxes than draining tax supported services.

  • snatick Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2019 4:38 p.m.

    Adding a sales tax on legal services is a mistake. I'm an attorney and the vast majority of my clients are individuals and small businesses with fundamental need for a lawyer. A tax on their consumption of legal services is to tax a need, not a luxury. It's not a tax on consumption, but a tax on justice. Some have been the victims of serious and expensive misfortune and to impose a tax on them is to make seeking redress in court all the more inaccessible. There's already considerable pressure to offer free or reduced fee legal services, but to reduce more so that the state can exact its two cents is an undue burden on many, if not all, of my clients.

    The notion of "broadening" the tax base sounds vaguely fair, but my clients aren't out there with a bully club trying to wield unjust power--they're trying to keep themselves and their businesses afloat, sometimes in the face of heinous malfeasance by other people who refuse to honor their word or who have sued them unjustly. Let's not escalate the injustice.

  • Sensibleideas8 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2019 9:41 a.m.

    Lfa used to be straight. But in recent years the administrator has started manipulating legislators. Does brad wilson really want his legacy to be that he imposed taxes on whole bunch of new stuff, making it a lot easier to raise tax rates. The saying goes "a politician is usually a slave of a defunct economist". At least brad wilson can be proud that he was a slave of the economist running lfa. That's something to be proud of.

  • Senttomorrow Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2019 9:10 a.m.

    I doubt we will get honest numbers out of lfa/gomb/tax. The tax increase is huge and they will likely day that it's "revenue neutral". Please don't trust anything the lfa administrator or the gomb administrator says. They play games.

  • LovelyDiane Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2019 8:50 a.m.

    Why are legislators letting the economists run the show? This is all being driven by a few staff administrators (lfa/gomb). People tried to get Mitt Romney to "expand the base" by having a national sales tax. He saw right through that agenda. Why are legislators not seeing the agenda behind this? The sales tax base is just fine, growing at over 5% each year. There is no reason to put the business service sector at risk for a budget leaders agenda.