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…

The Herbert Budget Anticipates a Tax Hike

[Correction: page 22 of Governor Herbert’s budget proposal contains a tax hike on e-cigarette’s by changing how they are considered under Utah law. According to page 22 of the Governor’s proposal, the change is worth an anticipated $10 million.H/t Robert Gehrke] A Big Boost to Education To much fanfare, Governor Gary Herbert released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 on Thursday. The budget proposes the largest increase to education funding in 25 years, and that’s laudable. Delaying Medicaid Expansion Costs and Betting on the Future In addition to boosting education funding (which…