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Statement in response to HB441 Tax Equalization and Reduction Act:

March 8, 2019

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 7, 2018

 

Tracey Harty 

Communications Specialist | Utah Senate Minority

C: 801.953.5678| tharty@le.utah.gov

 

Statement from the Senate Minority Caucus in response to HB441 Tax Equalization and Reduction Act:

 

The Senate Democrats are pleased to hear the Legislature will not be taking up the tax reform bill this session. We realize our tax system needs to be updated to reflect new realities in how consumers spend their money and the decline in our sales tax revenue.

 

We have been concerned with the bill as presented—especially the income tax cut affecting the public education fund. We have been advocating for a slow and cautious approach to this undertaking that impacts every single Utahn, and we have been listening to the citizens who have shared their concerns about the speed of the bill.

 

Any tax restructuring needs to ensure our educational institutions are strong and properly funded, and our tax system should, most of all, be fair with ALL sectors of our economy funding the needs of our growing state.

 

We are glad that our voices and yours have been heard. We look forward to the discussion with our colleagues in the coming months, working together to make better policy for our state and ensuring tax fairness for all.

 

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