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RECIPE FOR TAX HIKES- DEAL WITH BUDGET SHORTFALLS BY BORROWING AND SPENDING RESERVES

by Howard Stephenson The Utah Legislature once again pulled a rabbit out of the budget-balancing hat through borrowing and spending one-time money. Rather than serious spending cuts, borrowing and use of reserves have been the favorite tools to address revenue shortfalls since the Legislature began grappling with red ink last January. In dealing with the […]

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Salt Lake County Ambulance Service Would Be A Mistake

by Howard Stephenson Salt Lake County’s proposal to get into the ambulance business by all measures would be a very poor business proposition. Mayor Nancy Workman has done a lot of good things during her two-years in office, but this is not one of them. When boiled down to its essence, the proposal is nothing […]

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American’s Ignorance of Justice System Makes Courts Scary Places

by Howard Stephenson “I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion.” Thomas Jefferson A Utah jury in […]

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Pressures Mount for State Government and Counties to Hike Taxes

by Howard Stephenson For Utah taxpayers, these are crazy times. We’ve seen the biggest local tax protest during my 25 years at the Taxpayers Association as Davis County Commissioners proposed a 138% tax hike which was absolutely unnecessary. Now, some legislators are also talking seriously about increasing taxes to solve a $117 million budget deficit. […]

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Utah Legislators Seek to Make Initiative Process More Difficult and Scuttle Initiative B — Utah Property Protection Act

by Howard Stephenson As a result of a recent Utah Supreme Court decision which threw out some of the limits the Utah legislature had placed on citizens’ rights to initiate statutes by direct election, several legislators are poised to change the initiative law. The court ruled that the people have a fundamental right to initiative […]

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Elections are Over, Revenues are Down–It’s Time for Some Humor

by Howard Stephenson The elections are over but the counting continues, state revenues are down, counties are increasing taxes, and the controversy over the Main Street Plaza continues. During Thanksgiving week isn’t it time to switch gears and enjoy a little humor? Here are some of my favorites. Hu’s on First To fully appreciate this […]

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