What is the ZAP tax on the Salt Lake County Ballot?

This year, Salt Lake County voters have a choice on their ballot. The Zoo Arts and Parks tax (ZAP) renewal is a question on the back side of the ballot along with the state constitutional amendment  and the judicial retentions  that are up for vote this year. However, many people don’t know exactly what the ZAP tax is or what it is for. What is the ZAP tax? The tax is equal to 1/10th 0f 1% (1 cent on every 10 dollars) and is used by Salt Lake County for the Hogle Zoo,…

“With tax, that joint comes to $9.99. Would you like brownies with that?” [The Hub Debate]

The following is a submission for The Hub Debate. Participants in  submit 500 words or less in support or opposition to a statement. Participate in the comments below or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Submissions can be no longer than 500 words and will be published on Friday.  Resolved: With the passage of HB105, Utah has embarked down the slippery slope of legalized marijuana. I was a teenager before I interacted with someone lost to alcohol. Growing up in a conservative family, both politically and religiously, alcohol was not allowed in…

Legalize it – don’t criticize it. [The Hub Debate]

The following is a submission for The Hub Debate. Participants in  submit 500 words or less in support or opposition to a statement. Participate in the comments below or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Submissions can be no longer than 500 words and will be published on Friday.  Resolved: With the passage of HB105, Utah has embarked down the slippery slope of legalized marijuana. The passage of HB 105 during Utah’s 2014 general legislative session isn’t the slippery slope to full marijuana legalization. But I would argue that it should be. Marijuana…

Education funding: How much more do we spend before we fix it?

Education has long been “the third rail” of Utah politics. Grab the rail, and it will shock you. The education our children receive now, is vital to not only the future of our state, but the entire nation. Investing in education now, means educated adults later, which in turn provides a better work force and a stronger society. Not just economically, but in the idea of “community” as well. However, Education gets a free pass in the media, as well as the legislature as a whole. Lets sit back and…