Salt Lake County justice tax: Is it a ‘reinvention’ or a retaxation?

Salt Lake County elected officials have talked about “reinventing” the justice system for nearly the entire time I have lived in the county. And yet, here we are a decade later, and they still want to keep a tax that has lived its life paying down a bond debt. We keep talking about reinvention, but taxes aren’t all that new an idea. This week, Salt Lake County working on extending a tax originally used to build a new jail in 1995. “In 1995, Salt Lake County voters approved a 20-year bond…

Herbert starts the race for 2016 with a commanding lead over Johnson

Perhaps one of the more interesting races coming up this next election cycle is for the nomination for Governor of Utah. Utah Democrats don’t have a chance of winning state-wide office anytime in the near future. Neither Sean Reyes, John Dougall, or Richard Ellis (Utah’s AG, Auditor, and Treasurer, respectively) look like they have serious in-party challengers (or challengers at all). That leaves only Gary Herbert, governor since 2009, has a rival for the Republican Party’s nomination. That rival–Overstock.com chairman Jonathan Johnson–has his work cut out for him. It will pit Herbert’s “gut conservative” style…

Donald Trump sliding in latest polls

I love watching the polls. I’m a statistics kind of person. It’s been interesting to watch the movement since we’ve had the second debate and Scott Walker has dropped out. First let’s look at Iowa. Here’s where things stood in Iowa before the CNN debate, averaging the last two polls. 1. Donald Trump – 28% 2. Ben Carson – 23% 3. Ted Cruz – 9.5% 4. Marco Rubio – 5.5% 5. Jeb Bush – 4.5% 5. Carly Fiorina – 4.5% 7. Mike Huckabee – 4% 8. John Kasich – 3.5%…

Assessing the Risk / Preparing for Consequences

Re: FederalRisk.le.utah.gov Have you ever worried about what a federal government shutdown would mean to you, your family, and your neighbors? What if the U.S. Dollar no longer reigned supreme in global markets? What if Utah expanded Medicaid and all of the sudden the federal government left us footing the bill? Recent events suggest that such scenarios aren’t as hypothetical as we once thought. In 2013 – encouraged by a team of accountants, members of chambers of commerce, community leaders and educators – we started the Financial Ready Utah program.…