A Utah legislative task force studying ways to modernize and restructure tax revenue will be in Moab July 20 for a town hall meeting. The visit is part of a statewide listening tour that includes stops throughout Utah this summer.
Just as Utah lawmakers prepare to discuss “tax modernization,” the Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, issued a report urging Utah to “blaze a trail” for other states by imposing sales tax on services. Curiously, the report parrots the same misleading talking points employed by Utah lawmakers to justify what would amount to the largest expansion of tax policy in Utah’s history.
The 2019 Utah Legislative Session saw state lawmakers pass hundreds of bills, and Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law roughly 500 of them by an April 3 deadline.
Rep. Mike McKell (R-Spanish Valley) attempted to pass his bill that would have banned bans on plastic bags, preempting rules passed in Moab and Park City.
The last days of the Utah Legislature will be filled with a frenzy of activity, with some notable efforts on new bills dying, and others taking hold. Still climbing through the legalization process is an effort that would require rural counties to have a three-person county commission, outlawing any grassroots effort to approve another kind of government.
After attempting to get his bill to the floor of the Utah House of Representatives, Rep. Mike McKell (R-Spanish Fork) was jeered by his colleagues in the Utah Legislature who were opposed to his bill, H.B. 320, which would have preempted local bans on the use of plastic bags in Park City and Moab.