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The state legislature’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force met for five hours Tuesday to debate tax reform policy recommendations and take public comment. 

The co-chairs of the state legislature’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force have recommended removing the constitutional requirement to spend income tax revenue only on public education funding as one way to address the state’s tax revenue imbalance. 

House Minority Leader Brian King, a Democrat who represents part of Summit County, says there are many other options to address tax reform beside giving up the constitutional earmark on income tax for education.

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As the Legislature’s tax reform task force tours the state, without making a stop along the Wasatch Back, the Utah House Democrats have also been hosting their own town halls to hear from the public what they’d like to see in the state’s tax restructuring efforts.

Soon after the legislative session ended this spring, House Democrats launched a series of public meetings to engage Utahns in the tax reform discussion. District 28 Rep. Brian King feels the public didn’t know why the State was talking about tax reform and how it would impact them.

On today’s program, Charlie Sturgis has this week’s Mountain Trails Report. CEO of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation Colin Hilton has details on this week's Anti-Gala, the new athlete housing and reaction to the choice of Milan for the 2026 Olympics. State Representative Brian King talks Tuesday’s  Town Hall he is hosting in Wasatch County to discuss the tax reform bill HB 441. Park City Council member Steve Joyce with a recap of last night's meeting and Park City Olympian Ted Ligety talks about his rebound from injuries,  this past season, and a look ahead to next season.

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District 54 Rep. Tim Quinn’s House Bill 441, which would have amended state tax law, had people wondering why, with a $1.1 billion surplus, low unemployment levels and consistent job growth in the state, tax reform is even necessary. 

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After the ballot initiatives to create a medical cannabis program and expand Medicaid were replaced by legislators, voters wonder what the Utah Legislature has in store for Proposition 4, the ballot initiative that establishes an independent redistricting commission. 

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Representatives from Park City Municipal Corporation, Summit County and the Utah House Democrats met to reaffirm their commitment to the environment Sunday, in anticipation of the state legislative session.

About 30 people gathered at City Park for the event, which began with a prayer by a Navajo member of the activist organization SLC Air Protectors.

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The November election saw three citizen initiatives qualify for the ballot, with all of them garnering enough votes to become state law. But the Utah legislature’s replacement of the medical cannabis law outlined in Prop 2 has some voters wondering what’s the point in voting for those initiatives if they can be augmented by the legislature. House Minority Leader Brian King thinks voters can likely expect alterations to the other two initiatives in the future. KPCW’s Emily Means has more.

On today’s program, Midway Mayor Celeste Johnson gives an update on plans to install high transmission power lines through the Heber Valley, what’s next now that voters have approved open space funds and the budget impacts of losing the resort cities sales tax as of last January. State Rep. Brian King – who represents a portion of Summit County -  discusses what to expect from the upcoming legislative session that starts January 28th.

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Heading into the 2017 legislative session next month, growth issues and education funding seem poised to be the biggest concerns according to Park City’s representative from House District 28.  KPCW had a chance to talk with him about this and other pressing topics.  Carolyn Murray has more: 

The 2015 Utah Legislature session begins on Monday, January 26th and while revenues are looking strong going into the session, it just means more battles over where any additional money goes. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

The deadline for the Federal Government to give back the public lands that the state of Utah has claimed for itself has come and gone. Whether anything is done about that in the upcoming legislative session remains to be seen. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

Economic opportunity is the topic of the public forum being hosted by the Project for Deeper Understanding Tuesday night. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

Summit County is split into three state legislative districts - one of them- just a sliver of land incorporating Summit Park and half of Pinebrook is represented by Democrat Brian King. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.