Archive | 2005 Enterprise Articles

News is not all it seems to be: Case in Point

by Howard Stephenson A recent Salt Lake Tribune news story blasted one former(Glenn Way) and two current legislators(Jim Ferrin, Mike Morley) for their business partnership which builds and leases school buildings to some of Utah’s new charter schools.  Reporter Rebecca Walsh wrote an inflammatory article containing half-truths and innuendo which made the trio look like […]

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Tax Expenditure Budgeting – a bad idea

by Howard Stephenson Recently a proposal has surfaced to require the governor to include a “tax expenditure” report in his annual budget. At first blush it seems like a good idea, but under closer scrutiny it is clearly an attempt by the spending lobby to pit individual taxpayers against businesses and create sympathy for higher […]

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Tax Reform Task Force, Interim Committee Propose 30 Bills & Resolutions to Cut Taxes More than $300 Million

by Howard Stephenson With Utah enjoying a billion dollars in state revenue growth, it’s time to do something about our unenviable position as 3rd highest among the 50 states in state and local taxes and fees.  As a result of surplus projections, Governor Huntsman recommended just $60 million in tax cuts for the coming year’s […]

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Disruptive Technologies in a Flat World – part two

by Howard Stephenson Last week in this column I discussed some of the points of Thomas Friedman’s book The World Is Flat. America’s crisis in science and engineering was described.  This week I am writing about how this affects public education in Utah. This is especially significant because, despite former Governor Michael Leavitt’s success in obtaining […]

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Disruptive Technologies in a Flat World – part one

by Howard Stephenson As one of the last persons on earth to read Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat, I have finally been jolted into the realization that the future of United States as the world’s leading economic power is more at risk today than any other time in our history. The concerns spawned by […]

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Task Force Proposed to Study Privatization and Government Competition with the Private Sector

by Howard Stephenson By November 30 Utah property owners are required to have paid their property taxes. Many taxpayers have seen their property values increase significantly on the tax rolls as county assessors work feverishly to keep values current with Utah’s booming real estate markets. Utah statewide property tax revenues are expected to surpass $1.9 […]

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