“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…

Immigration reform is a moral issue

As a staunch conservative Republican and former Utah Republican Party Chair, I believe “Freedom,” “Liberty” and “God-given rights” are more than mere words in America. They are the foundational beliefs upon which we have built the greatest nation on Earth. They also are the principles that should guide us on the issue of immigration. In the Declaration of Independence, America’s founders wrote:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are…

Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

Healthcare

Never write or speak on something you have an opinion on from reading and listening to others, but not through any particular research. That is the way I feel about Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. I know it affects me and my family. I know it affects Utah’s State budget. And I know it affects other Utahns. I know just enough to be dangerous. Maybe it is an affirmation towards our form of Representative government. Since pioneer days, Utahns have valued self reliance. The most fascinating part of the Medicaid expansion debate…

A Piece of Reaganomics: Helping Utah Families Get Ahead

Post by Tracy Gruber, Esq. Last week, Utah lawmakers took an important first step toward reducing state taxes and bolstering the pocketbooks of low- and moderate-income working taxpayers struggling to make ends meet. The Working Individuals and Families Credit (HB218)—a tax credit based on the federal Earned Income Tax Credit—received initial approval from the Revenue and Taxation Committee and the bill now moves to the Utah House for a vote. Although Utah’s economy is rebounding, many Utah workers remain poor. Many of our new jobs are not providing salaries sufficient…