Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Utah Economy running on all cylinders, what could cause a misfile?

Utah Economy running on all cylinders, what could cause a misfire?

They tell us the State will receive an additional $150 million more than they first thought, so what is the one thing the Legislature can do to kill the golden goose. Not address the transportation problems we are and will continue to have here in Utah. I want to see more roads, TRAX, and commuter rail moved to the front burner, and the feet of each Legislator held over the flame.

I think I have a solution. Rep. Wayne Harper is sponsoring HB158 which would increase the tax on gasoline a couple of cents per year. This is a small first step, but it doesn’t resolve the problem of huge growth, and less ground to build on.

The Democrats in the Legislature keep saying that the Utah Taxpayer is not screaming for a Tax cut, and this is just a bunch of rich Republicans who don’t want to pay their fair share.

OK Rep. Harper, lets call their bluff, and solve this transportation problem once and for all. Whatever number the Legislature plans to cut in income taxes, lets increase the same amount in the gas tax. Lets tie these two together.

Here is an article from the Utah Taxpayers http://utahtaxpayer.blogspot.com/2007/02/day-29-gas-tax-increase.html that talk about the gas tax. I wonder how many projects we could get done quickly, if transportation received an additional $150-300 million each year.

What do you think?

The Spyglass

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