Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Nov. 30, 2015

First things first: to the dude driving the black Accord onto the 6th South offramp, huge kudos to you for your cat-like reflexes when that Subaru pulled into the lane without so much as a second glance. You saved us all. Now for some news: • Former Gov. Olene Walker passed away over the weekend. (KUER) She’ll have a lasting impact on the state, whether it was her groundbreaking roles in politics, her Weber State political institution, or the fact that her name is in what seems like half the…

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…