December 2021 Newsletter

A Very Unpopular Statement, but a Truthful One: Eliminating the Sales Tax on Food is a Bad Idea
2021 Year in Review: Many Wins for Taxpayers
– Guest Commentary – Scott Smith: Tax Commission and Association Work to Clarify Auditing Process
– Final Interim Commitee Hearings of 2021 Move Towards Progress for Taxpayers
– New Association Report Finds that On Average, Utahns Pay $1,025 in Taxes and Fees to County Government
– Your Association Accomplishments in November

November 2021 Newsletter

–  Taxpayers Association Makes the Case for a Sustainable Income Tax Cut at Interim Committee Meeting
Cannon’s Canon: The Height of Hypocrisy – Eliminating the SALT Cap
– Results of November’s Ballot will Affect Taxpayers for Years to Come
– Your Association Accomplishments in October

October 2021 Newsletter

Following Years of Increases, Salt Lake County Council Discusses Providing Relief for Property Taxpayers
Cannon’s Canon: If We Want our Children to Stay in Utah, Then Major Action Needs to Be Taken to Provide Relief to All Utahns
– While Most States’ Funds are Insolvent, Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund is in Decent Shape and Could Emerge Stronger
– By The Numbers: Examining Capital Gains Proposal in $3.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill
– Your Association Accomplishments in September

September 2021 Newsletter

53% of $213 Million in Local Property Tax Incentives Came from School Districts in 2020
Guest Commentary – Jonathan Williams: To Remain Competitive, Utah Needs to Lower its Income Tax Rate
– Utah’s Truth-in Taxation Law in the National Spotlight as Various States Follow our Lead
– Your Association Accomplishments in August

August 2021 Newsletter

Will Your Property Taxes Be Increasing This Year?
Cannon’s Canon: Setting the Record Straight – Government-Owned Broadband Doesn’t Work
– New Association Report Finds on Average, Utahns Pay $668 in Taxes and Fees to City Government
– Unhappy with your Property Assessment? Learn How to Appeal
– National Data on Property Taxes Shows How Valuable Utah’s Truth-in-Taxation Law Has Become
– Your Association Accomplishments in August

July 2021 Newsletter

New Association Report Calculates How Much the Typical Utah Family Pays in Taxes and Fees
Cannon’s Canon: Utah Will Have Another Huge Surplus; It is Time for the Legislature to Return Money to Taxpayers
– Utah’s Drought: The Real Way to Encourage Conservation is Through a Change in Tax Policy
– Interim Committees Examine Possibility of Future Tax Cuts and Changing the Structure of Funding Transportation
– Congressman John Curtis Should be Applauded for Reminding Taxpayer: Government Run Broadband Network Don’t Work
– Your Association Accomplishments in June

June 2021 Newsletter

Utah Collected $989 Annually from Each Resident in Sales Taxes, According to New Survey
– Cannon’s Canon: Utah’s Pension System is in Far Better Shape than Most Other States and it Needs to Stay That Way
– Preeminent Tax Conference Held Featuring Experts in their Fields of Taxes, Economics, and other Policy Leaders
Your Association Accomplishments in May

May 2021 Newsletter

Why Income Tax Rates Matter – The Numbers Behind the 2020 Census
Cannon’s Canon: Call the Claim “The Rich Don’t Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes” What it is – A Big Lie
Preeminent Conference on Taxes to Be Held May 13, 2021
Your Association Accomplishments in April

April 2021 Newsletter

2021 Legislative Scorecard Released
My Corner: Retiring After 44 Years
– Cannon’s Canon: Advancing Clean Energy in a Pro-Growth, Taxpayer-Friendly Way
– Taxpayers Association Asks U.S. Treasury for Guidance on New Federal Law’s Effect on State Tax Cuts
– Association Examined 28 Taxes and Fees in Brand New Booklet, Fast Tax
State Auditor’s Office Releases New Dashboard Examining Education Funding from a Revolutionary New Approach
Your Association Accomplishments in March


March 2021 Newsletter

How Will Your Taxes Change Now the 2021 General Session is Over?
My Corner: Tales from the Legislature
Cannon’s Canon – The Insane Asylum of California Tax Policy Is why Businesses and Residents Are Fleeing to States Like Utah
– Your Association Accomplishments in February




February 2021 Newsletter

Basing Transportation Funding on Users Fees Heats up Discussion During 2021 Session
My Corner: The Evolution of Legislative Process, Public Access and Lobbying
Cannon’s Canon – 2021 – The Year of the Tax Cut
Per-Pupil Spending Cracks $10,000 Annually, According to New Association Report
Utah Legislature Adapts to the Times. Learn How to Get Involved in This Year’s Session
– Your Association Accomplishments in January

January 2021 Newsletter

Tax Cuts for Families, Eliminating Burden on Small Business, and Transparency to Property Tax Increases are Ready for the 2021 Legislative Session
My Corner: The Power of Principles vs. the Power of the Tribe: Why Policymakers Sometimes Yield to Pressure
2021 Legislative Outlook Conference to Focus on Maintaining Utah’s Competitiveness and Bringing Tax Relief to All Utahns
– Your Association Accomplishments in December

December 2020 Newsletter

Wireless Taxes and Government Fees Keep Increasing, and Utahns Pay Far Higher than the National Average
My Corner: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future
2020 Ballot Featured State and Local Tax Issues Which Will Affect Taxpayers for Years to Come
Interim Committees Discuss Tax Relief for Seniors, Limiting Tax Increment Financing Participation for School Districts
– Your Association Accomplishments in November

November 2020 Newsletter

Tax Relief Long Overdue for Utahns
My Corner: Constitutional Amendment G Will Protect Education Funding During Lean Years
Demystifying Utah’s Property Tax Law and Why We Have the Best Property Tax Laws in the Nation
Cannon’s Canon: Finding Free Market Solutions to Address Climate Change
– Your Association Accomplishments in October

October 2020 Newsletter

Another Utah City Looking to Wade into the Mire that is Municipal Fiber
My Corner: COVID-19: Utah State Tax Commission Works to Ease Tax Issues for Taxpayers
While Utah’s Tax Structure Remains One of the Best in the Nation, Utah Remains at a Disadvantage Due to Federal Stubbornness
Interim Committee Examines Sales Tax Exemptions, Taxpayers Association Urges Against Tax Pyramiding
– Your Association Accomplishments in September

September 2020 Newsletter

Second Utah City Withdraws from UAMPS Small Modular Nuclear Reactor
My Corner: Utah Sets National Example by Avoiding Political Polarization
Utah’s Tax Policy Continues to See National Accolades
– Your Association Accomplishments in August

August 2020 Newsletter

Utah City Councils Must Opt-Out of Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Project Before September 14th Deadline
My Corner: The Pandemic Which Prompted the Teachers Union Tiger to Change Its Stripes
Annual Report Finds Utahns Spend $643 Per Person on City Government on Average
How to Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment
– Your Association Accomplishments in July

July 2020 Newsletter

During a Recession, the Wrong Thing to Do is Raise Taxes: More than 35 Utah Entities Looking to do Just That
My Corner: Economist Stephen Moore: Utah Should Reduce or Eliminate the Income Tax
Cannon’s Canon: Utah’s Sales Tax Revenue Surprisingly Resilient During the Pandemic
Responses to COVID-19 Dominate Taxes Now Conference Presentations
– Your Association Accomplishments in June

June 2020 Newsletter

Utah Legislature Set to Examine Sales Tax Exemptions, Expanding Uses of Taxes During Interim
My Corner: Utah Legislature Sets the Pace for Fiscal Responsibility in Rough Economic Times
Cannon’s Canon: Individual Income Tax Rates Across the Nation – Utah Needs to be More Competitive
Utah’s Recent Sales Tax Reform Efforts and Sales Taxes Across the Nation
– Your Association Accomplishments in May

May 2020 Newsletter

Utah Legislature Doubles Down on Taxing Business Inputs in Series of Special Sessions
My Corner: Tax Increment Financing: Stealing from School Children?
Cannon’s Canon: Updated Unemployment Claims: How Does Utah Fare? 
Utah Taxpayers Association Releases Spending and Revenue from 112 Charter Schools
– Your Association Accomplishments in April

April 2020 Newsletter

Mixed Legislative Session Attempts Tax Reform, Adds Taxes to Business Inputs, and Increases Transparency
My Corner: Karl N. Snow Jr: Good Government Doesn’t Just Happen, It Has a Designer
Cannon’s Canon: What Will Be the Consequences for Utah from Coronavirus?
Utah Taxpayers Association Releases 2020 Legislative Scorecard, Announced ‘Friend of the Taxpayer’ Awards
Sobering Statistics on Unemployment: How Does Utah Look?
– Your Association Accomplishments in March

March 2020 Newsletter

2020 General Session Looking to Make Major Tax Impacts for Families and Businesses
My Corner: Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Worse
Cannon’s Canon: The Truth on Income Taxes 
Utah Ranks Fourth Lowest in Federal Aid, Still Receives 24% of Statewide Budget from Federal Government
Utah’s Corporate Tax Rate Stay Competitive in 2019
– Your Association Accomplishments in February

February 2020 Newsletter

2020 Legislative Session Begins, Tax Issues Still Percolating
My Corner: If a Republic is Better than a Democracy, Why Did 152,000 Utah Voters say the Legislature got Tax Reform Wrong?
States Continue to Look to Utah as they Reform their Tax Structure
Utah Spends Nearly $10,000 per Student on Average, According to Latest School Spending Report
Utah’s Corporate Tax Rate Stay Competitive in 2019
– Your Association Accomplishments in January

January 2020 Newsletter

 – Utah Legislature Acts on Tax Reform at Special Session, Includes $160 to $200 Million Net Tax Cut
– My Corner: The Legislature Has Accomplished Major Tax Reform, Now it’s Time to Do Right by Utah’s Forgotten Economic Region
– Online Remote Sales Tax Collections (Wayfair) Getting Stronger – Now $111 Million and Growing
– 2020 Legislative Outlook Conference to Focus on Maintaining Utah’s Competitiveness and Implementation of Tax Modernization Legislation
– Utah’s State and Local Government Tax Burden Falls Below National Median
– Utah’s Property Taxes Continue to Be Recognized as One of the Best in the Nation
– Your Association Accomplishments in December

December 2019 Newsletter

– Tax Task Force Moves Closer to a Final Proposal, as Your Taxpayers Association Calls for a More Significant Tax Cut
– My Corner: Time for a Dose of Reality on Education Reform and Funding
– Cannon’s Canon: The Hits Keep on Comin’ – A $200 Million Tax Cut is the Right Thing for Utah
– Interim Committee Moves on Improving Utah Business Climate; Cell Phone Fees Examined as Utah Ranks 5th Highest in the Nation
– The Average Utah Taxpayer Coughs Up $926 Annually to County Government
– Utah Taxpayers Association Elects New Board of Directors, Officers for 2020
– Your Association Accomplishments in November

November 2019 Newsletter

– Utah Efforts at Tax Reform Begin to Move Forward
– My Corner: Inside Utah’s Legislative Process: Strength to Create Prosperity, Weakness Which Could Spell Disaster
– Cannon’s Canon: The Missing Part of the Conversation on Sales Tax on Food
– Are Utahns Tired of School Districts Building “Taj Mahals”?
– Utah Drops in Business Climate Index Ranking
– Utah Taxpayers Association Presents Tax Issues in Front of Nationwide Panel in Washington, D.C.
– Your Association Accomplishments in October

October 2019 Newsletter

– Utah’s Property Tax Truth in Taxation Law is Threatened at Home While it Becomes a Model for Other States
– My Corner: Utah’s Ugly Little Secret about Public Education Funding
– Tax Task Force Examined Increasing the Gas Tax, Road Usage Charge, and Earmarks for Transportation as it Closes In on Recommendations
– Utah Taxpayers Association Takes Positions on November Bond Proposals
– Your Association Accomplishments in September

September 2019 Newsletter

– Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force Begins to Weigh Options, Examines Food Sales Tax and Reducing the Income Tax
– My Corner: Utah’s 51st Rank in Spending Per Student – A Flawed Metric
– Second Quarter Remote Sales Tax Revenue Estimates Are In – How are the Numbers Shaking Out?
– How Utah Can Get an “A” on the COST State Sales Tax Scorecard: COST Warns Against Tax Pyramiding
– Your Association Accomplishments in August

August 2019 Newsletter

– Are Your Taxes Increasing? 57 Local Governments are Looking to Increase your Property Taxes
– My Corner: ‘Don’t Tax Me; Don’t Tax Thee; Tax the Fellow Behind the Tree’
– Not all Property Valuation Notices are Created Equal – Notices Can Vary Wildly Between Counties
– Cannon’s Canon: Fiscal Year 2019 Numbers are In – Sales Tax Grows Faster than Inflation and Population Growth for th 9th Straight Year
– Your Association Accomplishments in July

July 2019 Newsletter

– City Government Takes $635 from Every Man, Woman, and Child on Average
– My Corner: What Every Taxpayer Needs to Know about Utah’s Current Tax Reform Process
– Jonathan Williams Says Utah Won’t Be Number One for Economic Outlook much Longer Unless Bold Changes are Made
– School Districts Take $469 Million from Students Under Pressure from Cities and Counties that Look to Spur Economic Development
– More than Half of All Businesses in Utah are Exempt from the Personal Property Tax Following Action Taken during the 2019 Session
– Your Association Accomplishments in June

June 2019 Newsletter

– Cannon’s Canon: Shout it From the Rooftops – There is Plenty of Room for an Income Tax Cut
– My Corner: Teacher Salary Hikes without Conditions Reveal School Boards’ Lack of Vision
– Online Remote Sales Tax Data (Wayfair) Starts to Roll In
– “Why Must This Be Done?” Panelists Discuss Basis and Answers to State Tax Reform
– Taxes Now Conference Attendees Told to “Act Boldly and Implement Slowly” When Considering State Tax Reform
– Your Association Accomplishments in May

May 2019 Newsletter

– Cannon’s Canon: Cutting the Income Tax Rate is the Right Move for Utah – Op-Ed
– My Corner: Bright Spots in Educational Outcomes Must be Scaled Systemwide
– Utah Taxpayers Association Celebrates Utah’s #1 Ranking for 12th Year in a Row for Economic Outlook
– Canyons School District Proposed $50,000 Starting Teacher Salary with Property Tax Hike
– Americans Pay 29% of their Income to Taxes, According to New Report
– Your Association Accomplishments in April

April 2019 Newsletter

– 2019 Session: There’s Still Plenty of Work to Do in the Coming Months
– My Corner: The Importance of the People’s House
– Association Released 2019 Legislative Scorecard, Announces “Friends of the Taxpayer”
– Cannon’s Canon: Other States Are Nipping at Our Heels in Income Tax Cuts
– 2019 School Spending Report Shows Significant Administrative Hiring Spree
– Your Association Accomplishments in March

March 2019 Newsletter
– Sales Taxes on Services: Killing the Goose that Lays the Golden Egg
– My Corner: Tax Reform: First, Do No Harm
– 2019 Legislative Watchlist: What, How, and Where to Watch Tax Bills
– Utah’s 15% Cell Phone Taxes to Increase?
– Your Association Accomplishments in February

February 2019 Newsletter
– Cutting the Income Tax Rate: The Right Thing to Do
– My Corner: Should the Legislature End the Double Taxation on Personal Property for all Taxpayers?
– 2019 Legislative Watchlist: What, How, and Where to Watch Tax Bills
– Tax Commission Agrees to Work with Your Taxpayers Association to Re-Examine Penalties for Failure to Collect Sales Taxes
– Over 120 Attendees Help Make 2019 Legislative Outlook Conference a Success
– Your Association Accomplishments in January

January 2019 Newsletter
– Following 2018 Successes, Utah 2.0 Moves into Next Phase
– My Corner: Will the Legislature Allow Automatic Property Tax Increases?
– Expanding the Sales Tax Base: Whose Ox Gets Gored?
– Cannon’s Canon: Recession Coming? Listen to Jonathan Ball and Bond Insiders
– Your Association Accomplishments in December

December 2018 Newsletter
-November Ballot Packed with Tax Issues, Yields Mixed Results
– My Corner: Governor and Legislature Prove Once Again Why Utah is the Best Manager State
– Utah Legislature To Be Filled with New Members, New Makeups of Revenue and Taxation Committees in 2019
– Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee Sends Message that Taxes Ought to be Cut in 2019
– Utah Taxpayers Association Elects New Board of Directors, Officers for 2019
– Your Association Accomplishments in November

November 2018 Newsletter
– Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee Discusses Family Impact of Federal Tax Reform
– My Corner: The Power to Tax Involves the Power to Destroy: Utah State Tax Commission
– Recent Report Proposes Improvements to Tax Commission in Collection of Delinquent Income Taxes
– Utah Taxpayers Association Announces Selection of New Vice President
– The Utah Senate Confirms New Tax Commissioner Lawrence Walters, Started His Term November 1, 2018
– Your Association Accomplishments in October

October 2018 Newsletter
– New Annual Report Discloses Per Student Charter School Funding
– My Corner: First Annual Report on Utah’s Charter Schools
– Commissioner Pero Set to Retire from the Utah State Tax Commission
– November Ballot Will Ask Multiple Tax Questions – Your Taxpayers Association’s Position on Ballot Issues
– Utah Scores in Top-10 Ranking in the Latest Business Climate Report from Tax Foundation
– Your Association Accomplishments in September

September 2018 Newsletter
– Redevelopment Agencies Take $171 Million from Local Governments, 53% of that from School Districts
– My Corner: Citizens have a Right to Transparent Government
– Revenue and Taxation Committee Discusses Future Tax Cuts
– Guest Commentary: A Vote for Proposition 3 – Medicaid Expansion – Will Bring Unexpected Costs to Utahns
– Per Pupil Spending Disparity Continues to Grow, According to Utah Taxpayers Association’s School Spending Report
– Your Association Accomplishments in August

August 2018 Newsletter
– July Special Session Ensures Manufacturing Sales Tax Exemption, Collection of Remote Sales Taxes
– My Corner: The Legislature Must Keep its Promise to Cut Taxes in Proportion to Remote Sales Tax Revenues
– How to Appeal the County’s Valuation of Your Property
– Utah’s Sales Taxes on Soda, Candy, and Groceries are Complicated
– Your Association Accomplishments in July

July 2018 Newsletter
– Legislative Committee Supports NOL Changes, Discusses Corporate Income Tax
– My Corner: Why So Many Elected Officials Oppose Transparency and Equity
– Court Dismisses Counties’ Case Against Centrally-Assessed Taxpayers
– Supreme Court Gives Local Retailers Victory, Benefitting Utah Businesses and Families
– Average Utah Residents Pays $611 to City Government
– Property Tax Valuation Protected
– Your Association Accomplishments in June

June 2018 Newsletter
– Potential Summer Special Session to Focus on Adjusting toFederal Tax Reform
– My Corner: 26 Years of Six Taxpayer Hereos
– New Report Shows that 29 of Utah’s Top 50 Cities Have an Employee that Makes a Higher Salary than the Governor
– Federal Tax Reform and Options for State Adjustments the Focus for 40th Annual Utah Taxes Now Conference
– Association Releases Annual Guide to State and Local Taxes.
– Your Association Accomplishments in May

May 2018 Newsletter
– Salt Lake County Tax Hike Proposal Ignores Taxpayers’ Voice
– My Corner: The High Cost of Education Mediocrity
– May Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee Agenda
– Americans Pay $5.2 Trillion in Taxes, Utah Fares Better than 35 Other States
– 40th Annual Utah Taxes Now Conference to Focus on Impacts and Needed Changes to State and Federal Tax Reform
– Utah Ranks Best for Economic Outlook, According to Rich States Poor States
– Your Association Accomplishments in April

April 2018 Newsletter
– Tax Hikes, Tax Cuts, and Everything in Between at the 2018 Legislative Session
– My Corner: My Decision to not Run for Re-election to the Utah Senate
– Online Sales Tax Debate to be Heard at the Supreme Court
– 2018 Legislative Scorecard Released, Shows a More Taxpayer Friendly Session than 2017
– Save the Date: Utah Taxes Now Conference Held on May 22, 2018!
– Your Association Accomplishments in March

March 2018 Newsletter
– Utah Ranks 3rd Highest in the Nation for Its Education System, and Best for Fiscal Stability
– My Corner: Truth-in-Bonding Legislation is a Win for All Taxpayers, Preventing Unapproved Debt
– Will the Utah Legislature Raise Your Taxes in 2018?
– Report: Utah Sales Taxes Rank 29th Nationally, and 4th Among Neighboring States
– Your Association Accomplishments in February

February 2018 Newsletter
– Utah’s Teacher Pay Ranks Middle of the Pack Nationwide, is Second Highest in Region
– My Corner: Federal Tax Reform Paves the Way for Meaningful, Beneficial State Tax Reform
– Controversial Tax Hikes are the Talk of the First Weeks of the 2018 Legislative Session
– Google Fiber Fallout Should be a Warning to Cities Looking at Municipal-owned Fiber Systems
– Association Accomplishments in January

January 2018 Newsletter
– Herbert’s Proposed FY 2019 Budget Echoes Sound Tenets of Tax Policy
– My Corner: Legislative Outlook Conference to Preview State Legislature’s Efforts of Tax Reform, and What Federal Reform Means for Utah
– Utah’s State and Local Government Tax and Fee Burden Falls Below the National Median
– Association Accomplishments in December

December 2017 Newsletter
– Momentum Gains on Tax Reform at the Federal and State Levels
– My Corner: Pro Soccer Stadium Deal Undermines Counties “Taxpayer Watchdog” Claims
– Guest Commentary: The Case for Utah’s Tax Reform
– Protecting Utah’s Economic and Business Competitive Edge for the Next Decade
– Utah Taxpayers Association Elects New Board of Directors Chairman, Other Changes to the Executive Committee
– Taxpayers Cough Up $926 Annually to County Government
– Your Taxpayers Association Accomplishments in November

November 2017 Newsletter
– House GOP Unveils Federal Tax Reform Plan
– My Corner: The Risk of Thinking Utah is “Doing Well Enough” Undermines the Need for Tax Reform
– Taxpayer-Funded UTOPIA Approves Additional Funding
– Guest Commentary: Redesigning Utah’s Higher Education to Meet Workforce Needs
– Utah Remains in Top Ten for Tax-Friendly Business Climate
– Association Accomplishments in October

October 2017 Newsletter
– Legislative Committee Works Towards Tax Reform Package
– My Corner: Utah’s School Districts Should Focus on Best Value Construction, Costing Taxpayers Less
– Guest Commentary: Moving Forward on U.S. Tax Reform
– Tax Review Commission Examining Utah’s Three-Legged Tax Stool
– Lawmakers Considering Elimination of Sales Tax on Food
– Association Accomplishments in September

September 2017 Newsletter
– User Fees, Not General Sales Taxes, Should Fund State Highways
– My Corner: Working Across Factional Lines to Get the People’s Work Done
– Op-Ed: Stop Investing Taxpayer Dollars on a Failed Project
– Five School Districts Seeking Voter-Approved Bonds This Fall
– Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee Discusses Eliminating Manufacturing Sales Tax Penalty, Reducing Corporate Income Taxes
– Difference Between Highest and Lowest per Pupil Spending is Greater than $13,000, New Report Shows
– Association Accomplishments in August

August 2017 Newsletter
– Property Value too High? Appeal the County’s Valuation
– My Corner: On the Brink of Tax Increases for Education, School Boards Need to Look at Alternatives
– 2017 Truth in Taxation Hearings
– Guest Op-Ed: All Taxpayers Should Be Treated Equal
– $578 of Average Utahn’s Income Goes to City Government
– Sen. Orrin Hatch Should Support Trump Tax Cuts
– Association Accomplishments in July

July 2017 Newsletter
– New Audit Finds Special Districts Repeatedly Violate State Laws, Urges Legislative Action
– My Corner: Counties Declare War Against Business Property Taxpayers
– Enterprise Fund Transfers: A Taxpayers Association Policy Brief
– Truth-in-Taxation Hearings
– Corporate Income Tax Reform Tops June Legislative Meetings
– Your Association Accomplishments in June

June 2017 Newsletter
– Academic Study Says Municipal-Owned Fiber Networks, like UTOPIA, are Risky Business for Taxpayers
– My Corner: The High Cost of Educational Mediocrity
– May Interim Meetings Restart Tax Reform Discussion
– Attendees Get the Insider’s Look at State and Federal Tax Reform Efforts
– Association Nets Major Victory for Taxpayers Information Protection
– Taxpayers Association Releases Annual Fast Tax Booklet
– Your Association Accomplishments in May

May 2017 Newsletter
– Utah’s Capital City Looks at Creating Fee for Transportation
– My Corner: State and Federal Tax Reforms Will Boost Prosperity – Don’t Miss Utah Taxes Now Conference
– Complying with Taxes Cost $263 Billion, Says Report
– Guest Commentary: Tax Reform is Key to Utah’s Future Success
– Trump Team Releases Sneak Peak of Tax Reform Package
– Op-Ed: Transparency Efforts During the 2017 Legislative Session Bring More Light to Government
– Utah Top State for in Economic Climate National Ranking for 10 Straight Years
– Your Taxpayers Association Accomplishments in April

April 2017 Newsletter
– If Congress Acts, What Will Federal Tax Reform Look Like?
– My Corner: Employed by Utah’s Tax Watchdog for 40 Years
– 2017 General Session: A Mixed Bag with Tax Increases, Progress on Utah 2.0, and Taxpayer Transparency
– 2017 Legislative Scorecard Released, 34 of 104 Earned “Friend of the Taxpayer” Award
– Utah’s Income Tax Rate Ranks Second Highest Among Neighboring States
– Your Taxpayers Association Accomplishments in March

March 2017 Newsletter
– Efforts Towards Major Tax Reforms in Utah Stalls, Work to Continue Throughout the Year
– My Corner: Appropriate Bonding Respects Taxpayers
– Guest Commentary: More Bonding Transparency
– Late Tax-Related Legislation Drafted, Other Bills Progress During 2017 Session
– Transparency-in-Taxation Bills Move Forward During the 2017 Legislative Session
– Utah Taxpayers Association Policy Brief: 911 Fees
– Your Taxpayers Association Accomplishments in February

February 2017 Newsletter
– Cities Escaping Truth-in-Taxation Process through Excess Utility Fees
– My Corner: Increasing the Income Tax is Risky Business, Other Options Should be Considered
– Transparency for Taxpayers Among Key Issues Association Working Towards During 2017 Session
– Utah’s Tax and Fee Burden Decreases, Taxes Remain Below the National Average
– 2017 Legislative Outlook Conference Previews Top Issues from Key Policymakers
– Your Association Accomplishments for January

January 2017 Newsletter
– Economic Viability, Transparency Key Issues as 2017 Session Set to Begin
– My Corner: The Dangers of Increasing Utah’s Income Taxes
– Guest Commentary: The Cost of Yesterday’s Pension Promises to Public Education
– Herbert’s Latest Budget Proposal Includes Review of Tax System
– 2017 Legislative Outlook Conference Previews Proposed Tax Increase
– Your Association Accomplishments in December

December 2016 Newsletter
– Utahns Voluntarily Contribute just $8,803 in 2014 to Public Education
– My Corner: Ballot Question for $750 Million income Tax Increase for Public Education Will Fail, Create Lasting Ill-Will
– Taxpayers Win on the November Ballot on Schools, Parks, Elected Officials
– Forbes Magazine Ranks Utah as the Top State for Business
– Changes to Solar Tax Credits, Continued Push on Utah 2.0 Make Progress Heading into 2017 General Session
– Board of Directors Elected an Annual Member Meeting
– Officials in Weber County Approve Property Tax Increase
– Your Association Accomplishments in November

November 2016 Newsletter
– Improving Utah’s Business Climate Through Utah 2.0: More Progress to be Made in 2017
– My Corner: It’s Time to End Government Agency Entitlements
– Taxpayers Association Endorses Pleasant Grove Public Safety Bond
– Truth-in-Taxation Hearings for 9 of Utah’s 29 Counties
– Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee Looking at Amending Utah’s Greenbelt Law
– Utah’s Tax Watchdog Meets with Other Watchdogs at Vegas Conferences
– Utah Taxpayers Deserve Confidentiality Throughout the Entire Property Valuation Appeals Process
– Your Taxpayers Association Accomplishments During October

October 2016 Newsletter
– Understanding Bonding Principles: Impacts and Uses
– My Corner: Are Increased County Appeals in Centrally Assessed Cases a Concern?
– Op-Ed: The ‘Cost of Cool’
– Tax Increment Financing, Education Equalization Tops Tax Issues During September Interim Meetings
– Guest Op-Ed: If Water Price Reflected Its True Cost, Utahns Would Conserve More
– An Explanation of Constitutional Amendment C and Leased Property Tax Exemptions
– Association Accomplishments in September

September 2016 Newsletter
– Redevelopment Agencies Colelct more than $166 Million Annually, 53% from School Districts
– My Corner: Don’t Let a Famous Company Dazzle Us into a Bad Deal
– Tax Review Commission Hits Pause on Single Sales Factor Apportionment
– Average Annual Teacher Compensation Exceeds $100,000 in One School District
– Utah Cities Named Best Places to Start A Business
– Association Accomplishments in August

August 2016 Newsletter
– Taxpayers Association Wins Free Speech Lawsuit Regarding HB 43
– My Corner: Something Smells in Utah’s Special Service Districts
– Expanding the Elimination of Sales Tax for Inputs in July’s Special Session, and Other Items
– Appealing the County’s Valuation of your Property
– Association Releases Annual Cost of City Government Report
– Association Hired New Executive Assistant
– Association Accomplishments in July

July 2016 Newsletter
– 19 Cities, 9 School Districts, 3 Special Service Districts Increasing Taxes
– My Corner: Cities Grasp at Straws Through Utility Fees for Transportation
– Local Building Authorities Circumvent the Will of the Voters
– Taxpayers Association Testifies in Support of Single Sales Factor for All
– Association Releases How Utah Compares Report
– Association Accomplishments in June

June 2016 Newsletter
– Are My Property Taxes Going Up?
– My Corner: State School Board Elections Crucial to Education Reform
– Gubernatorial Candidates Discuss Weigh In at 38th Annual Taxes Now Conference
– Utah’s Rainy Day Fund – An Example to the Nation
– Tax Review Commission Examines Expansion of Single Sales Factor
– Association Accomplishments in May

May 2016 Newsletter
– Utah Tax Freedom Day: April 21st
– My Corner: Restoring Funding through a Special Session a Better Option
– ALEC Ranks Utah #1 Nationally for Economic Outlook
– Candidates for Governor to Speak at Utah Taxes Now Conference
— Tax Review Commission to Study Utah 2.0 Key Components
– Elected Officials Tax Bootcamp Held Successfully
– Association Accomplishments in April

April 2016 Newsletter
– Victories, Progress Made During the 2016 Legislative Session
– My Corner: New Item on Property Tax Notice Does Not Impose New Taxes
– Legislative Scorecard Released and “Friend of the Taxpayer” Recipients Named
– Tax Day and Your Income Taxes: A Brief Description and Comparison
– Save the Date! “Teed Off on Taxes” Golf Tournament and Taxes Now Conference Date Announced
– Veiled Threat to Taxpayers Continues After Senate Rejects Removing Local Option Sales Tax
– Association Accomplishments in March

March 2016 Newsletter
– HB 61 – Creating and Building a Stronger Business Climate for all Utahns
– My Corner: Utah 2.0 Advances During the 2016 Legislative Session
– Utah Taxpayers Association 2016 Watchlist
– Guest Commentary: Reevaluating Salt Lake County’s Equestrian Center, by Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton
– Save the Date! “Teed Off on Taxes” Golf Tournament Date Announced
– The Debate Around Income Taxes Continues on Capitol Hill
– Association Accomplishments in February

February 2016 Newsletter
– Utah 2.0 – Clearing the Hurdle of Sales Tax Inequity for Utah’s Manufacturers
– My Corner: Will Utah Find a Solution to Remote Sales?
– Utah Taxpayers Association 2016 Watchlist
– Pre-Legislative Conference A Success, Featuring State and Local Leaders
– 2016 Legislative Committee Meetings, Join Us Thursdays at 7am
– Association Accomplishments in January

January 2016 Newsletter
– Utah 2.0 – Ensuring Utah’s Economic Viability
– My Corner: The Keys to Prosperity
– Board of Directors Elected at Annual Member Meeting
– Salt Lake County Approves $9.4 Million Tax Increase
– Utah Taxpayers Association Conference and Legislative Events
– Association Accomplishments in December

December 2015 Newsletter
– Utahns to Pay More Taxes at the Pump Beginning in 2016
– My Corner: Utah’s Cell Phone Taxes Going Up as Cell Phone Bills Drop
– Your Taxpayers Association is Suing the State to Protect Free Speech of Associations Speech
– Salt Lake, Cache, Sevier counties on the Verge of Approving Property Tax Increases
– Taxpayers Association Continues Headway on Single Sales Factor, Priorities into 2016 Legislative Session
– Association Accomplishments in November

November 2015 Newsletter
– State General Fund Revenues Down Due to Sales, Severance Tax
– My Corner: Governor Herbert Leaves State School Board Nominating Process in Question
– A Brief Recap of Multiple Tax-Related Issues on this Year’s Ballot
– Counties and Special Service Districts Statewide Hold Truth in Taxation Hearings Starting in November
– Utah Tax Review Commission Nears Decisions on Sales Tax Earmarks
– Charitable Giving by Individuals Affected as Officials Raise, Lower Taxes
– Association Accomplishments in October

October 2015 Newsletter
– Multiple Tax-Related Ballot Questions on This Year’s Ballot
– My Corner: Salt Lake County Mayor and Council to Break 20 Year Promise?
– New Special Service District in Davis County Proposed by the South Davis Metro Fire Agency
– Utah’s Tax Review Commission to Look at Other States’ Earmarking Practices
– Association Accomplishments During September
– Transportation and Mass Transit Sales Tax Referendum: Proposition 1 Pros and Cons

September 2015 Newsletter
– Taxpayers Win in Special Session with the Passage of Senate Bill 1001
– My Corner: Phase-in option appropriate for Single Sales Factor Legislation
– Tax Hikes Approved by 30 Entities, Recap from Truth and Taxation Hearings
– Taxing Manufacturing Inputs Hurts Utah’s Record as a Business-friendly State
– Utah Taxpayers Association Welcomes New Research Analyst
– Association Accomplishments During August

 August 2015 Newsletter

– Expanding Single Sales Factor Apportionment is Key to Utah’s Economic Growth

– My Corner: UTOPIA Network Digging Deeper Into Debt

– Truth-in-Taxation: The 5 Worst Proposed Property Tax Hikes of 2015

– Appealing the County’s Valuation of Your Property: How to get Comparable Sales Data

– Salt Lake County Backs Off Harmful Tax Appeal Rules, Utah Taxpayers Association leads fight against unfair rule changes

– 2015 Cost of City Governments Report Released

– Increased Highway Funding Essential: Let’s Choose the Right Tool

– Complete 2015 School Spending Report Released

– Association Accomplishments During July


 July 2015 Newsletter

– Rethinking General Tax Subsidies for Funding Highways and Water

– My Corner: Salt Lake, Granite, Murray and Grand School Districts Proposing Misleading and Unjustifiable Property Tax Increases

– Which Local Taxing Entities Are Raising Property Taxes This Year?

– Congressman Chaffetz’s Sales Tax Equity Legislation Deserves Consideration

– Rebecca L. Rockwell Confirmed to the Utah State Tax Commission

– Utah State Tax Commission Announces New Reconciliation Requirements

– Bad Data Inhibits Utah Schools’ Accountability

– Association Accomplishments During June


 June 2015 Newsletter

– Counties Should Reject the Local Option Sales Tax for Roads

– My Corner: Why Utah’s Rank on Per Student Spending Is Just One Data Point – Not a Vice

– Are My Property Taxes Going Up This Fall? An Early Look at Truth in Taxation Hearings this August

– 37th Annual Utah Taxes Now Conference Review

– R. Bruce Johnson Receives Lifetime Service Award

– Taxpayer Watchdog Award Presented to the Special Fraud Group of the Utah State Tax Commission

– Taxpayers Association Welcomes New Executive Assistant

– Association Accomplishments During May


May 2015 Newsletter

– Utah County’s BRT Project: a Tax Increase or Financial Wizardry?
– My Corner: What Is Needed to Keep Utah’s Economic Engine Humming?
– Utah’s Economic Outlook Ranks #1 Nationally for Eighth Year in a Row
– 2015 “School Spending Report” Released
– A Day in the Life of a Regulated American Family
– Utah Taxes Now Conference May 28th: Keynote Speaker Announced
– Teed Off On Taxes Golf Tournament June 11th
– Association Accomplishments During April
– 2015 Utah Taxes Now Conference Tentative Agenda

April 2015 Newsletter

– Taxpayers To Pay More Following 2015 Legislative Session

– My Corner: Education Funding – Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

– Legislative Scorecard Released and “Friend of the Taxpayer” Award Recipients Named

– Legislative Wrap-Up and Taxpayer Wins

– Letter to the Governor: Veto SB 97

– Estimating the Fiscal Impact of Proposed Legislation

– Association Accomplishments During March

March 2015 Newsletter

– What Will Happen to Utah’s Gas Tax? A comparison of transportation funding bills

– My Corner: Tax Increases in a Surplus Year the Wrong Way to Go

– Healthy Utah 2.0 and the Taxpayer Perspective on Medicaid Expansion

– The 2015 Legislature’s Best and Worst Bills for Utah Taxpayers

– Legislative Watchlist: Priority Bills and Legislative Highlights

– Upcoming Association Events

– Association Accomplishments During February

February 2015 Newsletter

– Healthy Utah Inappropriately Deepens Utah’s Relationship with Obamacare

– My Corner: Truth-in-Taxation for the Motor Fuel Tax

– Utah Must Continue Tax Reform or Risk Losing Its Tax Advantage to Other States

– Association Hosts Successful Conferences

– Cost of County Governments Report Released

– Macquarie Releases UTOPIA Milestone Two Report

– Utah Taxpayers Association Legislative Watchlist: Priority Bills and Legislative Highlights

– Association Accomplishments During January

January 2015 Newsletter

– Utah Should Wait on Medicaid Expansion Until the Supreme Court Makes Upcoming Obamacare Ruling

– My Corner: Is Prison Relocation Good for Taxpayers?

– Upcoming 2015 Legislative Priorities

– Federal Communications Commission Moving Forward With a $1.5 Billion Tax Hike

– Report Card on American Education

– FY 2012 How Utah Compares Report Released

– Upcoming Association Events

– Association Accomplishments During December

2014 Newsletters

December 2014 Newsletter

– Tax Commission Must Put a Stop to Nuisance Personal Property Audits

– My Corner: Ballot Language to Blame for Amendment A Failure

– December Truth in Taxation Hearings Line-Up

– Mike Edmonds Named Chair of the Utah Taxpayers Association

– Utah’s Tax Climate Ranked 9th Best Nationally

– $585 Million Income Tax Hike on the Horizon?

– Alpine School Board Members Choose Corporate Welfare over Funding Kids Education

– Upcoming 2015 Association Events

– Association Accomplishments During November


November 2014 Newsletter

– User Fees the Solution to Utah’s Transportation Needs

– My Corner: Taxpayer Subsidized Mega Hotel Nets Only One Bid

– Utah’s Wireless Taxes Top Neighboring States and Rank 12th Highest in the Nation

– December Truth in Taxation Hearings

– Will Businesses Be Paying Taxes on Income They Haven’t Yet Received?

– Association Activities During October


October 2014 Newsletter 

– Taxpayers Association Welcomes New Vice President

– My Corner: Orem’s CDA Would Take $44 Million from Alpine School District

– Guest Commentary (Paul Clayson): Municipal Tax Distribution System Creates the Wrong Incentives

– Taxpayers Association Endorses Pleasant Grove General Obligation Bond for Public Safety Building

– Guest Commentary (Gordon Jones): ZAP Robs the Poor to Feed the Rich

– Guest Commentary (Senator Mike Lee): Tax Reform for the American Dream

September 2014 Newsletter 

– Tax-Related November Ballot Questions

– My Corner: Royce Van Tassell Leaving Taxpayers Association

– Truth in Taxation Wins and Losses

– Letter Protests West Point City’s Annual Tax Hikes

– Uncertain Future for $1.8 Billion uNOpia Tax

– Taxpayers Association Working to Resolve “New Growth” and Centrally Assessed Appeals


August 2014 Newsletter

– New State Auditor Report: Utah Legislature needs to better define “new growth”

– My Corner: It’s Time for Utah to End K-12 Teacher Tenure

– Truth in Taxation: The 5 Worst Proposed Property Tax Hikes of 2014

– Vote YES on Amendment A

– Guest Commentary: Corporate Inversions: A Symptom of Our Broken Tax Code

– New Report from The Center for American Progress: “Return on Educational Investment: 2014”


July 2014 Newsletter

-“uNOpia” Campaign Update
-My Corner: American Exceptionalism
-25 Property Tax Hikes Proposed Across the State
-Association Hires New Research Analyst


June 2014 Newsletter

-3rd Party Economic Report: UTOPIA Deal BAD for Taxpayers
-My Corner: It’s Time to Say uNOpia to UTOPIA
-36th Annual Utah Taxes Now Conference a Success
-Guest Commentary:Preventing Assessment Areas From Being an End Run Around TnT
-Guest Commentary: Utah’s Broadband Non-Adopters

May 2014 Newsletter

-Macquarie deal could push cost of UTOPIA network past $2 billion

-My Corner: Raising state income tax fails to bring promised results

-Utah Taxpayers Legal Foundation fights unfair sales tax

-Mia Love and Doug Owens on stage together: 2014 Utah Taxes Now Conference Preview

April 2014 Newsletter

-SLC Golf System Headed for Financial “Death Spiral”?
-My Corner: Utah’s Election Nominating Processes Best in Nation: We should keep them
-Taxpayers Association Releases 2014 Legislative Scorecard
-Utah Tax Freedom Day is April 17th; Utah Ranks 28th on Annual State
-Local Tax Burden Report -2014 Legislative Session was a Success for Utah Taxpayers

March 2014 Newsletter

-Legislature Eyes $100 Million Property Tax Hike: House Likely to Say No
-With One Week Left in Legislative Session: Tax Bills Move Through Legislature
-My Corner: Update on Potential Macquarie Capital & Utopia Deal
-Prospects to Defeat Tax-Subsidized Convention Center Hotel Look Grim
-2014 Legislative Watch List Priorities

February 2014 Newsletter

-The USTAR Audit: A Follow Up
– My Corner: What will the 2014 Legislature do with transportation funding
-UTOPIA and Macquarie: The latest attempt at protecting UTOPIA taxpayers?
– Obamacare’s Insurer Tax’s Impact on Utah
– 2014 Legislative Watchlist

January 2014 Newsletter

– New Study Gives More Reasons to Oppose Tax Subsidies for a Convention Center Hotel
– My Corner: Victory for Taxpayers
– Macquarie Capital Offers to Turn UTOPIA Around
– Emergency Department Visits Increase as Medicaid Expands
– Utah Ranks in the Top Ten in the 2014 State Business Tax Climate Index
– 2014 Legislative Watchlist
– Half of All Taxpayers Pay Nearly All Federal Income Taxes

2013 Newsletters

– USTAR Audit: What Happens When Politics Get in the Way

– My Corner: An Innovative Alternative to School Bonds

– Will School Boards Take Instruction from Voters?

– Previewing the 2014 Legislative Session

– Recap of 2013 Bond Proposals

– Taxpayers Association Annual Membership Meeting: Board of Directors, Officers Named

November 2013 Newsletter

– Change Needed to Empower Taxpayers Voice in County Property Taxes

– My Corner: What’s Right with Utah Public Education

– Tens of Thousands of Utah Students are Becoming Truly Bilingual

– Ending Hidden Property Tax Hikes: Strengthening Utah’s Truth in Taxation Protections

– Notice of Utah Taxpayers Association’s Annual Meeting

– The Tale of Two Districts: Association Endorses WSD bond and Opposes JSD bond

– Utah Counties and Cities Ask for an Additional 3% Local Option Gas Fee

October 2013 Newsletter

– Association Urges No Votes on Jordan and Cache bonds, Remains Neutral on Logan Bond

– My Corner: Utah’s Growing Dependency Ratio Predicts Difficult Education Budgets Ahead

– 2013 How Utah Compares Report Preview

– Notice of Utah Taxpayers Association’s Annual Meeting

– Despite Urging from Taxpayers Association, Jordan School District Maintains Status Quo

– Utah Has the Highest Average Child Tax Credit Refund in US

– Orem’s Arts and Recreation Tax on the Ballot Again

 September 2013 Newsletter

– Fulfilling the Promise of Public Education: Utah Begins School Grading

-My Corner: Jordan School Board Must Reconsider its Status-quo Approach to Taxing for School Buildings

-Detroit: An Example of What Not to Do- by Former State Senator  Dan Liljenquist

-IRS Ruling on Same Sex marriage Tax Filing Answers Some Questions, Creates Others

– Tax Questions on the November Ballot -Quick Summary of Truth in Taxation Hearings

August 2013 Newsletter

– It’s Time to Expand the Manufacturing Sales Tax Exemption

– My Corner: Salt Lake county Mayor and Council Become Educators as County Tax Hike Kicks In

– Appealing the County’s Valuation of Your Property: How to get Comparable Sales Data

– Oregon’s VMT Program Now Open to the Public – 2013 Truth in Taxation Hearings

 July 2013 Newsletter

-Utah Can’t Rely on Federal Medicaid Promises

-My Corner: Charter School Competition Improves District Schools, but School Boards Build Lavish Buildings while Charters Economize

-Funding Source is Key for Utah’s Growing Transportation System

-Update on Bonds Considered in June

-Roughly One Third of Utah’s Expenditures Come from the Federal Government

June 2013 Newsletter

– Utah takes Top Spot for Economic Competitiveness in the new Rich States, Poor States Report

– My Corner: Federal Government Abuses – When is Enough Enough?

– Guest Commentary: Michael Clara Wants to Explore All of the Options Before Raising Taxes

– Which Local Governments are Raising Taxes?

– 2013 Budgets, Taxes, Hearing Dates – Cities and School Districts

– 35th Annual Utah Taxes Now Conference a Success

 May 2013 Newsletter

– Audit: Utah Retirements Systems Exaggerates Rate of Return

– My Corner: Tax Myths Debunked

– Should Utah Expand Medicaid Coverage?

– Tackling Transportation Funding by Cutting Utah’s Income Tax

– Market Place Fairness by Senator Wayne Harper – iProvo: A Requiem

– Tentative Utah Taxes Now Agenda

April 2013 Newsletter

– Legislature Rejects Taxpayer Subsidies for a Convention Center Hotel

– Taxpayers Association Releases 2013 Legislative Scorecard

– My Corner: Utah Receives the Only “A” Grade on Digital Learning Now Report Card

– Taxpayers Association Successful in 2013 Legislative Session

– The STEM Action Center: Getting the Private Sector Involved in Their Future Workforce

– Utah Tax Freedom Day 2013: April 13

March 2013 Newsletter

– Will Taxpayers Get Their Overpaid Property Taxes Back?
– My Corner: Another Education Group, Same Result?
– A Fiscal Discipline Reminder by Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union
– Non-Teaching Staff Growth Dwarfs Student Growth in Utah
– Taxpayers Association Priority Bills

February 2013 Newsletter
– Be Honest About Charter School Funding
– My Corner: The Limits on UTOPIA’s Next Steps
– Taxpayers Association Part of Solution to Streamline Sales Tax Refund Procedure
– Utah Not Alone in Transportation Funding Struggles
– Taxpayers Association Priority Bills

January 2013 Newsletter
– Association’s 2013 Legislative Agenda

– My Corner: Blended Learning 2.0 Paying Teachers as Other Professionals
– Empowering Students as Self-Directed Learners
– UPDATE: Court Rules Against Taxpayers in Restaurant Tax Case
– Profiling Legislative Chairs: Senators Reid and Henderson
– Guest Commentary by Paul Avelar: In Choosing Your Occupation, Let Freedom Ring
– Upcoming Taxpayers Association Events


2012 Newsletters

December – Taxpayers Association Opposes Salt Lake County’s Proposed Property Tax Hike – My Corner: The Real Snake Oil Salesmen – Time to Take the Next Step in the Public Lands Battle by Senator-elect Deidre Henderson – What Does the Fiscal Cliff Mean for Utah Taxpayers? – Is Your County Government Raising Taxes? – Jim Hewlett Named Chair of Utah Taxpayers Association Board of Directors


November – Vote Against $47 Million Tax Hike – My Corner: Clipping the Power of State Teachers Unions – Guest Commentary: Vote for Amendment A by Rep. Jim Nielson and Jake Anderegg – Update on Taxpayer Association’s Restaurant Tax Lawsuit – Taxpayers Association Releases “How Utah Compares” Report – Public Education Employment Has Skyrocketed While Test Scores Remain Stagnant – Taxpayers Association Part of Working Group to Implement SB 27 – Dramatic Changes in San Juan County Leave Many Questions

October – Vote FOR Amendment A: An Amendment to Require Severance Taxes to be Deposited in the Permanent State Trust Fund – My Corner: Public Education Inflates Student Performance, Fails to Report 29 Areas of Transparency – Vote Against Salt Lake County’s $47 Million Prop 1 – Voters Push Tax Referenda in Highland, Orem and Summit County – Notice of Utah Taxpayers Association’s Annual Meeting – Reducing the Cost of Business by Removing Tangible Personal Property Taxes

September- Federal Court Upholds South Carolina’s Utah-inspired Constitutional Amendment – Utah Works to Minimize Effects of the Affordable Care Act by Rep. Jim Dunnigan – My Corner: Dragging Public Education Into the 21st Century, Kicking and Screaming – UTOPIA’s “new” Management Team Has Not Changed Poor Performance – States Hold Over $4 Trillion in Debt – Taxpayers Largely Ignored at 2012 Truth In Taxation Hearings – Five Tax Questions on the November Ballot – Utah Per Pupil Spending Increases in 2013, While Most States Cut

August – UTOPIA Audit Reveals Many Problems – My Corner: How to Stop the Medicaid Expansion Tax – Utah’s Authority to Collect Sales Tax on E-commerce by Rep. Wayne Harper – What is Utah’s Transportation Funding Prescription? – New Report Claims Pension Reform is Not Enough – 2012 Truth In Taxation Hearings
 – Is Congress’ Taxing Power Now Unlimited? What You Need to Know About the Courts’ Decision on Obamacare – My Corner: Salt Lake County Takes Next Step Towards Publicly Funded Convention Center Hotel – Weber School District Illegally Spends Taxpayer Money to Promote Bond – Voters Reject 1 Bond, Approve 2 Others – Utah Has Mixed Results in New School Funding Report – The Trend Continues: Cigarette Tax Increase Drives Users to Neighboring States
 – Finding Solutions to Transportation Woes – My Corner: Dynamic v. Static Fiscal Notes: Is There More to be Gained? – 34th Utah Taxes Now Conference a Success – Which Local Governments are Raising Taxes? -2012 Budget Hearings

 May – Closing a Loophole in Utah Sales Tax Law: Why the CO and IL Decisions Don’t Apply to HB 384 – My Corner: Finding Consensus to Fix the Restaurant Tax – 34th Utah Taxes Now Conference Agenda – A Penalty or a Tax? An Explanation of Obamacare by Deputy Attorney General John Swallow – Growth in Municipal Broadband Struggles to Reach Users – Taxpayers Foundation Event with John Stossel a Success – Register for the Teed Off on Taxes Golf Tournament


April – Utah Tax Freedom Day 2012: April 17 – My Corner: The Complexities of Financing Public Education, or Why Parental Choice is SO Important – New Report Highlights Problems with Muni-telecom – Alternative Energy Development Tax Incentive – Taxpayers Association Releases School Spending Report – Taxpayers Association Releases Legislative Report Card – Successful 2012 Session


March – Setting the Record Straight: Super PAC’s ads inaccurately describe record of 2-time “Taxpayer Advocate of the Year” Dan Liljenquist – My Corner: Obama Administration’s Push for More Taxes and Regulation Adding to Energy Woes – SB 27: Standing Up for Taxpayers Rights – Tax Foundation Report Show’s Utah Above Average – Taxpayers Association Priority Bills

February – Legislative Auditor is Critical of UTA – My Corner: The Politics of Sound Tax Policy – Tax Foundation Report Shows Where Utah Needs to Improve Its Tax Policy – Federal and State Courts Reject County Auditors Lawsuit: Will the Legislature Fix the Problem? – Taxpayers Association Priority Bills

January– How Addicted is Utah to “Federal Crack”? – Putting Children First in Education Reform – The Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy – Should Utah Run its Own Health Insurance Company? – Despite Expanded Network, UTOPIA Loses Customers


2011 Newsletters

December – Eliminate the Property Tax Subsidy for Water – My Corner: The Mayor Should be Salt Lake County’s Budget Officer – The Economic Impact of a Wilderness Designation – New Natural Gas Leases Net Utah $25 Million – Put Severance Taxes Where They Belong — In Permanent State Trust Fund – Upcoming Taxpayers Association Events

November – Taxpayers Association Opposes $21 Million Springville Rec Center Bond – My Corner: Creating an Environment for Creating – Just Tricks, No Treats, in Government Budgeting by US Senator Mike Lee – Utah State Senator Dan Liljenquist named 2011 Public Official of the Year – Not Sweet, Just Sour: Candy and Soda Excise Taxes Don’t Work – Utah Shows Mixed Results in New State Deficit Report

October – Keeping the Change: Utah Supreme Court Says NO to Tax Refund on Erroneously Paid Taxes – My Corner: Oliver Porter’s Sandy Springs Model, City of 90,000 Operates With 5 Employees – November Bond Elections: Oppose Springville, Neutral on Alpine School District – Provo Increases Utility Rates to Pay for iProvo Bonds – Legislative Auditor General Recommends Privatization of State Golf Courses – Provo City Should End Its Trash Hauling Monopoly – Taxpayers Association Opposes Holladay Hotel and Restaurant Subsidy


September – 2011 Truth In Taxation Hearings- Cities and School Districts Witness Overwhelming Opposition to Tax Increases -My Corner – Government Employee Union Power Challenged in Utah and Nation – Federalism As The Way Forward by Congressman Rob Bishop – North Ogden Picks “Taj Mahal” Proposal and Higher Interest Rates – Salt Lake County Can’t Fill Taxpayer Funded Hotel, But Pushes Forward With Project Anyway – South Salt Lake Modifies Bond Proposal to Heed Taxpayer Association Recommendations – Taxpayers Association Releases Latest School Spending Report – VIEW THE FULL REPORT HERE

August – The Least Bad Way Forward: iProvo and UTOPIA – My Corner: A Choice For Failing Public Schools – The Employee Rights Act- Protecting Democracy – Is Your Local Government Raising Taxes? Truth In Taxation Hearing Dates and Times – South Salt Lake Civic Center Bond: 30 Years Is Too Long For Taxpayers – US Debt Ceiling Debate: What the Experts Are Saying

July – Canyons, Ogden School Boards Making Fundamental Changes to Union Contracts – My Corner: More Money Does Not Equal Greater Achievement in Education – Guest Commentary by Congressman Jason Chaffetz: Reining in the National Labor Relations Board – Is Your Local Government Raising Taxes? 2011 Truth In Taxation Hearing Dates and Times – Sandy Saves Taxpayer Dollars With 5% Cut In Starting Salary of New Employees – Salt Lake County Council Tables $110 Million Parks and Recreation Bond – Enacting the “10 Golden Rules of Effective Taxation” – Millard School District $38 Million Bond Fails- Voter Turnout Half of November Elections

June – Successful 33rd Annual “Utah Taxes Now Conference” – My Corner: The Fight of Our Generation – 2011 Budgets, Taxes, Hearing Dates – Cities and School Districts – West Valley City Taxpayer Funded Hotel – Taxpayers Association Releases Cost of Local Government Report – Taxpayers Association Opposes Millard School District Bond – Teed Off On Taxes Golf Tournament – REGISTER TODAY!

May – UTOPIA’s Annual Budget Mocks the Uniform Fiscal Procedures Act – My Corner: Education Is A Taxpayer Issue – 2011 “Utah Taxes Now” Tentative Conference Agenda – Millard School District Falls Into June Bond Election Trap- Bond Elections Should Be in November – Budget Hearings Scheduled for May-June – Obama Administration Threatening Right to Vote by Secret Ballot – Legislative Interim Session: Privatization Priorities – US Senator Mike Lee to Headline “Utah Taxes Now” Conference

April – Utah Tax Freedom Day 2011: April 11th – My Corner: Bringing Utah Education Into the 21st Century – Reverse the Geneva RDA – Larry Newton: Giving Awa $1 Billion in Property Taxes – Taxpayers Association Releases 2011 Legislative Scorecard – Taxpayers Association Successful in 2011 Legislative Session – Can You Hear Me Now? Utah 12th Highest Taxes On Cell Phones – Taxpayers Association Hires New Executive Assistant

March – Final Days of Utah’s Legislative Session – My Corner: Restoring The Sales Tax On Food – The Fighter Engine Made of Pork: Wasteful Government Spending – Energizing Federal Energy Policy

February – Utah’s 59th Legislative Session Begins – My Corner: Finding Consensus To Fix The Restaurant Tax – Stop Paying Union Reps With School Tax Dollars – Privatize Prisons: Same Service, Lower Cost

January – The Tyranny Of The Status Quo – Balancing Utah’s Budget: Vocabulary 101 – Stopping The Tax Hikes To Stop The Spending – Senator Dan Liljenquist: Medicaid Reform – Taxpayers Association Proposal: $100 Million In Budget Cuts – Police Fee and Restaurant Tax: Still Top Priorities – Senator Steve Urquhart: Mission Based Funding


2010 Newsletters

December 2010 Newsletter – Medicaid Reform: Now or Never – My Corner: Lame Duck Session- Extend Bush Tax Cuts – Property Taxes Are Utah’s Most Taxpayer Friendly Tax – Eliminate Salt Lake County’s Unified Police Fee – The Restaurant Tax: The Story The Standard Examiner Failed – Grading Public Schools: Developing Actual Accountability – John Ward Named Chair of Board of Directors

November 2010 Newsletter – UTOPIA Cities Approve More Bonding; Taxpayer Questions Go Unanswered – My Corner: The Accountability of the Profit Motive – 2010 Election Results: Voters Approve Constitution Amendment A – Kearns Finds Recreation Solution Without Tax Hike – Taxpayers Association Files Suit Over Restaurant Tax – Forbes Magazine Named Utah “Best Business and Career Climate”

October 2010 Newsletter – Teed Off On Taxpayer Subsidized Golf Courses – My Corner: Who Should Appoint Jordan School District’s New Superintendent – Save Our Secret Ballot: Vote FOR Constitution Amendment A – Association Opposes Eagle Mountain and Provo Bonds, Remains Neutral on Kaysville and West Valley – Taxpayer Association Candidate Endorsements

September 2010 Newsletter – Association Tobacco Tax Predictions Coming True – My Corner: Recreating Florida’s Miracle in Utah – Save Our Secret Ballot: Protect Your Right To A Secret Ballot – Can Privatization Help Utah Balance The Budget? – Corroon Proposes Sales Tax Increase – Truth In Taxation Hearings: Government Pushing Their Pain on Taxpayers

August 2010 Newsletter – Federal Financial Reform Not The Answer – My Corner: Counties Should Not Try To Be Cities – SLC To Add Property Tax Hike On Top Of Already Higher Taxes – Sandy City to Use Bond Expiration to Permanently Raise Taxes – Is Your Local Government Raising Taxes? – Should Taxpayers Support $300 Million Geneva RDA? Yes to $150 Million – UTOPIA Should Follow iProvo: Sell To Highest Bidder

July 2010 Newsletter – No Revenues and No Transparency – My Corner: The Price of Liberty – Mayor Corroon Releases Economic Plan – June 2010 Bond Election Results: Kearns Rec Center Bond Fails – STOP UTOPIA Rally: Orem on July 13th – Union Organizer Training: Thanks, But No Thanks – Wellington City Facing 25% Budget Shortfall

June 2010 Newsletter – 2010 Taxes Now Conference: Economic Strength Through Federalism – My Corner: The Answer To Failing Schools – Questions and Answers: How To Evaluate a Bond Proposal – Governor Herbert Speaks at 2010 Utah Taxes Now Conference – Niederhauser, Liljenquist, Harrington Receive Taxpayer Awards – Congressman Bishop: States and Locals Can Do Better Than Feds – UTOPIA: We Just Need $60 Million More

May 2010 Newsletter – Happy Birthday UTOPIA – My Corner: Avoiding California’s Tax and Spending Mistakes – The 3rd Semester Program: How To Increase Teacher Pay by 50% with No Tax Increase – June vs. November Bond Elections: Double Voter Turnout in November – Utah Ranks First in Economic Outlook Index – Public Education: Paying Teachers for Success

April 2010 Newsletter – April 11th- Tax Freedom Day – My Corner: Restoring the Constitutional Restraints on Federal Power – Association Successful in 2010 Legislative Session – Is Salt Lake County Police Fee Legal? – Balancing the Jordan School District Budget Without Another Tax Increase – Taxpayers Association Releases 2010 Legislative Scorecard

March 2010 Newsletter – Utah’s 58th Legislative Session Enters Final Days – Taxpayers Association Legislative Watchlist – My Corner: The Folly of Elected Officials Wading Into the Market – Tobacco Tax Increase Is Wrong For Utah – Emergency Operations Center: Co-Location is Best Option – Walking the Walk: Congressional Fiscal Responsibility

February 2010 Newsletter – Utah’s 58th Legislative Session Begins – My Corner: Cut Spending to Balance Budget – Arizona Supreme Court Strikes Down RDA Corporate Welfare – Uintah Basic Medical Center: Unfair Private vs. Public Competition – Public Union Membership Outpaces Private Membership – Utah Supreme Court Adopts Rule Preventing Dual Appeals from Tax Commission Decisions – Flatter Tax Equals Tax Breaks for 97% of Utahns

January 2010 Newsletter – Property Tax Report Released – My Corner: UTOPIA Cities Ought to Cut Their Losses – Utah Business Climate: 10th Best in the Nation – Don’t Eliminate Utah’s Vendor Discount – A Tax By Any Other Name: SL County Public Safety Fee – Canyons School Board Should Reject Subsides for VF Factory Outlet Mall – Severance Tax On Coal: Bad Idea


2009 Newsletters

December 2009 Newsletter – Restaurant Tax: Broaden the Base, Lower the Rate – My Corner: No Time for New Taxes – UTOPIA “Lien-ing” On Brigham City Taxpayers – National Education Union: Largest Political Spender in Nation – Low Tax States Fairing Better In Economic Downturn – Jack Towsley Named Chair of Taxpayers Association Board of Directors – Taxpayers Association Reviews County Budgets

November 2009 Newsletter – Democratic Party Proposes Massive Tax on Utah Manufacturers – My Corner: Time for Sales Tax on Food – Problems with Municipal Inter-Fund Transfers – Draper Seeks Funds from Canyons School District for VF Factory Outlet – Governor Appoints New State Tax Commissioner – Healthcare Proposal to Cost Taxpayers $725 Billion – Jack A. Olson, Former Association President Passes

October 2009 Newsletter – Utah State and Local Tax and Fee Burdens Still High in 2007 – My Corner: Education Reform Collaboration – Hogle Zoo Bond: SL County Council Sells Taxpayers Out – SL County Council Chairman Attacks Taxpayers Association – Taxpayers Association Endorses Three Bond Proposals – Forbes Magazine: Utah Ranked 3rd Best State for Business

September 2009 Newsletter – Reduced Congestion Spells Tremendous Savings, Increased Economic Growth – My Corner: Gary Herbert Has What It Takes – Washington Watch: Congressman Jason Chaffetz – Utah Doesn’t Need Publicly Funded Hotels

August 2009 Newsletter – The Huntsman Record: 2005-2009 – My Corner: Money Matters in Public Education – Tax Notices in the Canyons and Jordan School Districts – Utah Doesn’t Need Publicly Funded Hotels

July 2009 Newsletter – Federal, State and Local Taxes on a Median Income Utah Family – My Corner: Iranian Style Elections in Utah? – Highlights from the Taxes Now Conference – The Cost Taxpayers Pay Because of UTOPIA – RDAs: Corporate Welfare Disguised as “Economic Development”

June 2009 Newsletter – Utah Retirement Systems Take a Hit – My Corner: Do Americans Understand Basic Economics? – Transparency Website Online – UTOPIA To Call On Member Cities’ Sales Tax Pledges – Wimmer, Hendrickson Receive Taxpayer Awards

May 2009 Newsletter – Are Charter Schools Overfunded vs. District Schools? – My Corner: It’s Tie for Locals to Control School Budgets – Taxpayers Association Legislative Scorecard Available Online – US 12th Grade NAEP Scores Flat Since Early 1970s Despite Increased Spending

April 2009 Newsletter – New Reports: Utah’s Business Climate Solid, But Still Has Nation’s 13th Highest Tax Burden – My Corner: Socialist Nation, Socialist State – Obama’s Budget Spends Too Much, Borrows Too Much, Taxes Too Much – 2009 Legislature Treats Taxpayers Well

March 2009 Newsletter – Supreme Court Upholds Paycheck Protection – My Corner: Stopping the Tax and Spend Lobby – Where Do Utah Public Schools Get Their Money? – Utah Legislature to Congress: No Card Check

February 2009 Newsletter – Do Businesses Get All The Tax Breaks? – My Corner: Budget, Taxes and the Recession – Utah K-12 Spending Per Student Surpasses $8000 in FY2008

January 2009 Newsletter – After Years of Record Growth, Huntsman Proposes Budget Cuts – My Corner: Federal Stimulus Package- The Other White Meat? – School Districts Must Be Financially Transparent – Proposal Protects Votes of Conscience from Bribery and Intimidation – Taxpayers Association Helps Resolve Tax Commission Lien Filing Problems – 2009 Board of Directors Elected – Taxpayers Association Pre-Legislative Conference- January 13


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