Taxing Times
November 18, 2010

Majority of Americans Say Broadband Internet Not Government Responsibility

Fifty-three percent of Americans think increasing the availability of high speed internet is not a function of government according to a Pew Research Center survey.  According to the survey, forty-one percent of respondents believe that broadband expansion is a government function and six percent don’t know. Your Taxpayers Association strongly opposes government expansion of broadband internet and the continued funding of UTOPIA.

Pew Research Center: Most Americans Say Broadband Internet Should Not Be a Priority For Government

Utah Economy Expected To Begin Slow Growth in 2011

Utah income and sales tax revenue is expected to exceed projections by $6 million in 2011 according to Utah’s Legislative Fiscal Analyst’s office. Utah’s unemployment rate is expected to fall from the 2010 average of 7.6 percent to an average of 7.1 percent in 2011 and 6.1 percent in 2012.

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah Budget Has Turned A Corner

President’s Deficit Commission Advises To Cut Spending, Raise Taxes

President Obama’s Deficit Commission released a draft report with recommendations to reduce deficit spending. Despite recommendations to set spending caps and reduce the size of the federal workforce, the report advises a $1 trillion tax increase and uses high FY 2010 budget levels as a baseline for federal spending.

National Taxpayers Union: Good Starts On Spending, Weak Finish On Taxes In Debt Commission’s Draft Report

Tax Foundation: Draft From President’s Deficit Commission Stirs The Fiscal Pot In Washington

Did Natural History Museum Violate Campaign Laws?

The Utah Natural History Museum, a state organization, produced numerous fliers and billboard advertisements in support of a bond to fund their museum on the November 2010 ballot. State law prohibits public funds from being used to influence bond elections. The state elections office is looking into the issue to determine if any laws were broken.

Salt Lake Tribune: Legality of Museum’s Fliers Subject To Debate