Sunday, October 20, 2019

Just vote no on Utah tax reform

Comment are based on 2020FL-0838/00911-22-19  DRAFT but the whole idea is wrong. Sales taxes are rising, just not as fast as the legislature wants. 

Vote no on the tax restructure. Not only is raising taxes on food wrong, raising fuel prices bad, taking money from education questionable, the whole idea of moving all sales tax money away from roads is wrong.  Transportation related sales tax is supposed to go to roads per the state constitution: art XIII sec 5, (6) Proceeds from fees, taxes, and other charges related to the operation of motor vehicles on public highways and proceeds from an excise tax on liquid motor fuel used to propel those motor vehicles shall be used for...

$250 M sales tax increase per year on food is wrong. All the new safeguards are bandaids which show up too late to help those hurt. 

With the additional $240 Million sales tax on fuel, If it goes to transportation as required  by the state constitution how does the #utleg justify reducing the 17% sales tax ( approx that which is transportation related) down to 15.2% and send the difference somewhere else. Lines 4117 if I remember correctly. 

Should we look at reducing income tax on social security, yes, but most of the current bill does harm. Yes I read through it. 

It closes with a dangerous move  Retro tax change in case it doesn't get 2/3. 

That is in clear violation of the state constitution. It takes away the right to repeal any law passed by less than 2/3. I believe there are another lines just as bad. Anyone  voting for this bill should be voted out.

Fred C Cox
West Valley City, UT 84120

Past comment

Raising sales tax on food is bad. Adding rebates or credits or reductions of other taxes only helps some of those hurt, and doesn't help them when they need it. 

Transportation related sales tax is to go to transportation per our state constitution. 

Raising taxes for services in many cases will cause those services to be moved out of state. 

The Legislature adjusting formulas to raise our property taxes for education and then deciding there is too much money going to education...

The legislature used to only build higher education buildings with one time education money when the budget allowed it. That changed and they can't figure out why the budget doesn't work to spend what they want anymore? 

Take away the board of regents raising tuition without legislative approval. 

I understand why the proposed tax changes make the spreadsheets work better for the legislature but they don't make the taxpayers spreadsheets work better. 

Just vote no.