Learn about the 2016 Utah Constitution amendments

Another election, another round of statewide constitutional amendment questions!¬†There’re three Constitutional Amendments in Utah for 2016 on your ballot. Here’s a quick TL;DR of each of them so you can figure out how you want to vote. Constitutional Amendment A This is a very minor adjustment to the oath of office to clarify that “this State” means Utah. It should be fairly obvious in context (I mean, what other state constitution are you going to be talking about during an oath of office in Utah?), but it never hurts to…

Are sales taxes in a death spiral?

The latest Hub Sheet had an article discussing how property taxes have been rising very sharply, much faster than inflation. Rising property taxes are a frequent concern with homeowners, especially those that have paid off their house and are living on a fixed income. But there’s an interesting trend going along with it: sales tax revenues are beginning to crater, dropping from 32.33% of total state tax receipts in 2000 to 30.10% in 2013. Is this just a small blip on the radar or should states and cities get used…