The State Legislature recently announced a proposal for tax reform to be voted on in a special session coming up shortly. The proposal drew criticism from poverty advocates concerned about raising food tax to cover a proposed income tax cut (a proposal 2/3 of Utahns oppose due to its regressive nature) and concern from education experts about the impacts of income tax cuts on the education system — specifically a controversial accompanying proposal that would remove the constitutional requirement that income tax be directed exclusively for education spending.
Soon after the announcement of a new tax reform proposal, competing proposals were submitted by several other members of the task force, showing disagreement even within the task force about the best way to proceed on tax reform. The Deseret News Editorial Board published a call to slow the process and allow the public to weigh in on the complicated proposals. The task force stuck with the original proposal submitted by its two chairs, making a few minor revisions, such as eliminating sales tax on feminine hygiene products.
The proposal has undergone two public hearings (on Oct 22 and Nov 7) and come out with more revisions that remove even more items and services from the taxed list. However, the two most controversial provisions remain a part of the proposal.
The third and final public meeting of the task force was originally scheduled for November 21, but has been changed to November 25th at 4:00p. YOU can attend to listen in on the conversation and get your voice heard on tax reform!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- MARK YOUR CALENDAR to attend the third and final public hearing on tax reform on Nov. 25 at the State Capitol in 30 House Building (west building, basement level – map, driving and parking directions).
- Read the proposals the Tax Reform Task Force’s legislative webpage. This page will list the agenda and materials for the upcoming meeting as well as materials and audio for past meetings. If you can’t attend the Nov. 25 meeting in person, you may listen in live or later using the audio links on this page.
- Call, email or set up a brief meeting with your state representative and state senator to talk through your concerns, support or opposition to the tax reform proposal . Find out who represents you and how to contact them at le.utah.gov.
- Write a letter to the editor or oped about the tax reform proposal, the process or what you would like to see lawmakers and/or community members do to create the best tax policy for our state. Use our tips on how to write an effective letter to the editor.