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Don’t let a famous company dazzle us into a bad deal

Don’t let a famous company dazzle us into a bad deal

Economic development and jobs are top priorities for us. As Salt Lake County mayor and as a state senator, we’ve supported many projects where businesses get tax support in exchange for creating good-paying jobs and bringing more economic growth to the state. But when taxpayer dollars are on the line, one question stands out: Is […]

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Is West Jordan’s Discus deal a sound investment in the future or corporate welfare?

Is West Jordan’s Discus deal a sound investment in the future or corporate welfare?

The City of West Jordan is currently negotiating an Economic Development Area (EDA) in the Southwest corner of the city to attract a large technology company to build a number of data centers within that area. The area is called the Pioneer Technology District EDA. The deal is essentially a property tax break to the […]

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Cities, Counties, Special Service Districts Propose Tax Increases

Cities, Counties, Special Service Districts Propose Tax Increases

In last month’s edition of the Utah Taxpayer, we reviewed a few cities and school districts that are looking to increase their levies on taxpayers. As happens every summer, cities and school districts, along with a few special service districts, prepare their budget for the new fiscal year and consider property tax increases. The Utah […]

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State Agrees to Free Speech Protection

State Agrees to Free Speech Protection

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Taxpayers Association and Libertas Institute, represented by attorneys from the Center for Competitive Politics, have reached a mutually agreeable settlement with the state of Utah over a legal challenge to state law that, in effect, silences non-profit organizations from the constitutional right to participate in the political process. The […]

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Op-Ed: Chaffetz should be applauded not criticized for his tax reform bill

Op-Ed: Chaffetz should be applauded not criticized for his tax reform bill

Earlier this week, the Utah Taxpayers Association President Howard Stephenson wrote an opinion article in the Daily Herald regarding Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz efforts to create a level-playing field among retailers as part of a national solution on remote sales taxes. Chaffetz opponent, Chia-Chi Teng, has repeatedly attacked Chaffetz alleging that his proposal, HR 2775, would […]

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2016 Taxes Now Conference Coverage

2016 Taxes Now Conference Coverage

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our 38th Annual Taxes Now Conference on Monday, May 16th at the Grand America Hotel. We had a group of excellent presenters who expertly displayed  knowledge about tax-related issues from all sides of the policy and political spectrum. If you missed any of it, you can get […]

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