Statement on Governor Gary Herbert’s Budget Proposal

December 6, 2018 – The Utah Taxpayers Association supports Governor Gary Herbert’s proposed tax modernization examination contained in his Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal released today.

While we have concerns with some of the specifics, the Governor’s proposal to broaden the sales tax base while lowering taxes strongly correlates with the Taxpayers Association’s principles of sound tax policy. Additionally, the Association supports the Governor’s recommendation of requiring users of roads and water to pay for the full cost of the service rather than having transportation and water subsidized by sales and property taxes.

The Association is encouraged by the Governor’s following tax modernization items:

  • Eliminating the double taxation of small business personal property,
  • Cutting taxes by at least $200 million to prevent growth in government following new revenue from the collection of remote sales taxes,
  • Reducing the number of sales tax budget earmarks, and
  • Efforts to broaden the base and lower the rate.

One Response to “Statement on Governor Gary Herbert’s Budget Proposal”

  1. Rick says:

    We agree with the article by President Howard Stephenson in the January 8th Spectrum newspaper. We moved to Cedar City in 2011 and have had several friends either take Utah off their retirement location list or have moved from Utah because of the tax on Social Security and other income. Not taxing Social Security would be a huge draw for future retirees to consider Utah as a retirement location. This would also keep those already living in Utah from moving to other states, ourselves included. Please consider and promote the elimination of state income tax on Social Security. Thank you, Rick

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