Taxing Times
October 7, 2010

Voters Say Economy is Top Campaign Issue
A recent poll found that Utah voters from all demographics consider the economy to be the most important issue in the November 2010 midterm elections. The survey found that most Utah voters are in favor of lower taxes and less government spending.

Utah Foundation: 2010 Priorities Fall Survey

California Pensions Continue To Drown Taxpayers

A recent report from the Foundation for Educational Choice has found that California’s unfunded state pension obligation is quadruple all general fund revenue the state of California will raise in 2010. Including local taxes, the burden per taxpayer is upwards of $10,000. Utah recently reformed its retirement system to prevent the type of unfunded liabilities California is facing.

Foundation for Educational Choice Press Release: Study Finds CA Pensions Drowning State/Local Taxpayers

Public Education Hires More During Recession Despite Flat Student Enrollment
Public school districts in all 50 states have used one-time stimulus money to increase hiring during the current recession. One-time money should not be used to fund ongoing projects or staff positions. Next year school districts will need even more stimulus money to pay for their new teachers or be forced into layoffs.

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan: Testimony to House Committee on the Budget

Blog: Education Hiring Grew 2.3 Percent During Recession

NEWS CONFERENCE: Vote FOR Constitution Amendment A: Save Out Secret Ballot
The Utah Taxpayers Association will hold a news conference on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Supreme Court Chambers at the Utah State Capitol to endorse Amendment A- Save Our Secret Ballot.  Amendment A would constitutionally protect Utah’s right to a secret ballot.

Media Advisory: Utah Taxpayers Association Announces News Conference on Amendment A