State sales tax earmarks continue to increase

Stephenson, Howard
March 2008
Enterprise/Salt Lake City;3/2/2008, Vol. 37 Issue 36, p26
The article reports on the continuing increase of earmarking state general sales tax revenues in Utah. According to the author, earmarking is a generally poor policy as stated by some tax experts as the government will lessen its budgeting flexibility. Utah in the mid-1990s relied on gas taxes and motor vehicle registration, but in recent years it relied more on the general sales tax. A four-point plan including carrying out congestion pricing, increasing gas taxes and reducing general tax, and increasing expense of corridor preservation is presented.


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