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Blame Federal Energy and Agricultural Policies for Spike in Food Prices

by Howard Stephenson Consumers worldwide are reeling under the price increases for basic food commodities such as flour and sugar. While families have enjoyed for decades what was always expected to be an ever-decreasing cost of food, the expectation that the price decline would continue has been brought up short recently and threatens confidence in […]

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Claims of 2008 income tax hike inaccurate

by Howard Stephenson American taxpayers know the significance of April 15 about as much as they do July 4. Those who paid their federal taxes in the past will be receiving a big rebate to in the next few weeks – a rebate of money the federal government doesn’t have, but they’ll have it printed […]

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Passes nation’s best government privatization law, sweeping government transparency law

by Howard Stephenson Advocates for transparent government and restricting government competition with private sector businesses were thrilled with the results of the recently concluded 2008 General Session of the Utah Legislature. Government in the business of business One of the most significant legislative victories for taxpayers and free enterprise advocates this session was a package […]

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UTOPIA and iProvo face serious financial problems – Is a fire sale imminent?

by Howard Stephenson Utah’s largest municipal telecom systems are proving that government-owned telecom networks don’t work well. Sources indicate that Provo is preparing to sell its iProvo network, likely at fire sale prices. Meanwhile, UTOPIA announced this week that it is restructuring its $181 million in debt so they can repay it over 33 years […]

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Tax Cut Era Comes to an End

by Howard Stephenson As growth in state government revenues began to decelerate due to an economic slowdown, Gov. Huntsman and the Utah Legislature were less inclined to cut taxes in the just completed General Session of the Utah Legislature than in recent years. The 2008 Utah Legislature ended up cutting some taxes slightly while increasing […]

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The cost of smaller class sizes

by Howard Stephenson The Legislative Auditor General released his audit results in December on the use of nearly ¾ billion dollars appropriated by the Legislature since 1993 to reduce the average class size in Utah.  Unfortunately, the Auditor General’s audit didn’t look at trends in class sizes and in fact reported no data on average […]

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