Archive | 2003 Enterprise Articles

Why Did Your Unemployment Insurance Rates Just Go Up?

by Howard Stephenson Employers in Utah have wondered why their unemployment insurance rates have recently skyrocketed. They’re asking why we had a rate reduction in 2000 if rates were only to be increased three years later. They want to know why they’re experiencing such an abrupt increase in rates if reserves were declining since 2000. […]

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Walker Plans Budgetary Train-wreck, But Won’t Be Around to Clean Up the Mess

by Howard Stephenson Governor Olene Walker just unveiled her first (and probably last) proposed budget which, for me, is my twelfth as a State Senator. During my tenure in the legislature I’ve seen tight budgets, loose budgets, difficult budgets and easy budgets, but I’ve never seen a bad budget — until now. Walker’s budget is […]

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Federal Government Returns a Little More than It Takes from Utahns

by Howard Stephenson When federal taxes paid by Utahns are compared to federal receipts of all kinds, Utah is one of thirty-four states that are subsidized by the remaining sixteen states. In other words, for every dollar that Utah taxpayers sent to the federal government during FY 2002, we received a dollar and fifteen cents […]

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Is a Massive Gas Tax Increase or Other Tax Hike on the Horizon? This year’s state budget decisions will impact next year’s budget choices

by Howard Stephenson A ten cent per gallon gas tax increase in FY2006 may be inevitable if Governor Walker and the legislature decide to raid the Centennial Highway Fund (CHF) of its remaining sales tax revenue in order to increase public education spending. Shifting Revenues from Transportation to Higher Education to Public Education In November, […]

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Congress Debates Tax Policies that Affect States — Considers Budget-busting Welfare Prescriptions for the Elderly

by Howard Stephenson Congress is currently considering two issues affecting tax policy for states and one issue that could raise federal taxes for generations to come. The Internet has given birth to two contentious taxation issues that have become confused. The first is a proposed ban on Internet access taxes and the second is a […]

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Statewide Property Tax Revenues Increase 5.0% in 2003

by Howard Stephenson Utah statewide property tax revenues are expected to reach $1.69 billion in calendar year 2003, an increase of $81 million, or 5%, from the previous year, according to a recent report by the Utah Taxpayers Association. This estimate is based on recently adopted rates by all Utah school districts, counties, cities, towns, […]

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