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My Corner: The Power to Tax Involves the Power to Destroy:  Utah State Tax Commission

My Corner: The Power to Tax Involves the Power to Destroy: Utah State Tax Commission

I recently spoke at the annual convention of COST (Committee on State Taxation) in Phoenix, along with other western states taxpayers association representatives. Many state reports told of challenges in getting state legislators to enact appropriate economic-growth tax reform, of biased or unqualified tax commissioners, and flawed tax filing and tax appeal processes. I was […]

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New Annual Report Discloses Per Student Charter School Funding

New Annual Report Discloses Per Student Charter School Funding

With nearly half of all state funds in Utah’s budget going towards public education, each year your Taxpayers Association scrutinizes all of Utah’s school districts to determine per pupil expenditures. However, not all of that amount goes towards district schools. Roughly 73,000 students, about 11% of the total student population, enrolls in charter schools. For […]

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Statewide Tax Issues on the 2018 Ballot

Statewide Tax Issues on the 2018 Ballot

This November, Utahns have the opportunity to weigh in on issues that will affect their taxes. The questions being asked have the potential to impact all three of Utah’s major taxes (sales, property and income taxes) depending on how voters react to the questions. The questions include tax increases and property tax exemptions. The following […]

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Park City School District’s House Purchase Highlights Problems in Utah Education Funding

Park City School District’s House Purchase Highlights Problems in Utah Education Funding

Recently the Park City School District’s Board of Education approved of purchasing a home for its new Superintendent to the tune of $870,000. Located in swanky Jeremy Ranch, this property is worth more than double the average home in Utah ($313,000). In 2018, not only did the School Board purchase this property, but they also […]

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Guest Commentary: A Vote for Proposition 3 – Medicaid Expansion – Will Bring Unexpected Costs to Utahns

Guest Commentary: A Vote for Proposition 3 – Medicaid Expansion – Will Bring Unexpected Costs to Utahns

by Senator Dan Hemmert (R – Orem)

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2018 Highest Paid City Employee Report

2018 Highest Paid City Employee Report

Does your city pay its employees more than the state pays the Governor? In an analysis of 2017 employee compensation of the 50 largest cities in the state of Utah, it was found that 29 of the 50 cities pay at least one employee more than Governor Gary Herbert’s annual total compensation. The governor’s salary, […]

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