tax reform

The Utah Legislature’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force met recently for its second study session. This time, lawmakers focused on education funding.

After hosting eight town halls across the state to hear questions, concerns and comments from approximately 1,500 Utahns, the state’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force has moved into the next phase of its attempt to address a revenue imbalance between the education and general fund. 

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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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The 2019 legislative session began Monday, and after nearly a fifth of legislators chose not to run for reelection last year, a new Speaker of the House has taken the reigns, setting the pace for the state House of Representatives. KPCW’s Emily Means has more.

The annual meeting of lawmakers opened with bells, a prayer by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Apostle M. Russell Ballard and a high school chamber choir singing the national anthem.