Evelyn Everton: Taxes for everybody!

Welcome to Utah, where, in 2015, elected leaders haven’t seen a single tax increase they didn’t like. First, the Legislature voted to raise property taxes by $75 million. Then, they raised the gas tax by .05 cents per gallon. Now, county officials have added a hike in the sales tax in 17 counties. This latest tax increase is an effort by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and its member companies to “improve transportation infrastructure” in Utah. There are two things that are almost certain to improve if the sales…

Utah’s Focus on Economic Growth also Benefits Education

In the doldrums of summer and while the rest of the political world is fixated on Obamacare subsidies and same-sex marriage, I thought I would bring the conversation back to Utah for something really important: Can Trey Lyles help the Utah Jazz win the NBA Championship in 2016? Just kidding. Instead, let’s talk about Utah’s unique approach to government — specifically, economic development — that starts at the top. For as long as I’ve lived in Utah, gubernatorial candidates have made their major campaign theme “Education”.  Over and over I have…

Cut From the Same Cloth?

There is a fundamental question making its way around the Capitol this session: should taxes be tied to users? For example, should those that drive more pay more for roads through gas taxes or tolls? Or should those directly utilizing our public schools pay more towards education? These items never quite correlate exactly, but there has always been a sense especially among conservatives that user taxes are better policy.