State of Utah Archives: on Tax Reform

John Curtis: Cut taxes; simplify system

Plain and simple, we tax too much and our tax code is too complicated. To be clear on where I stand, let me say that again; we tax too much and our tax code is too complicated. Our tax system hurts American citizens, businesses and society as a whole. With Republicans controlling the House, Senate, and Presidency, we have a precious opportunity to create a simpler and fairer tax code. We had this opportunity before as Republicans and wasted it. It will take some out-of-the-box ideas, courage and leadership but we cannot let this opportunity slip through our fingers again.
Source: 2017 Utah House campaign website Aug 17, 2017

Mike Weinholtz: Convert 5% flat tax rate to progressive tax & raise $179M

A balanced budget is important for the good of the state and, as a successful business owner, I know how devastating high tax rates can be for business and families. However, cutting taxes year after year has had a disastrous effect on our schools, roads, public works, and social services. In 2007, Utah moved from a progressive tax to a 5% flat tax, costing us $479 million each year. Without an educated workforce, safe roads, efficient water systems, and safe communities, businesses will not want to set up shop in Utah--and that is not a Utah I want to live in.

As governor, I propose an income tax increase for the top 1.5% of all Utahns (including myself): a 1% increase for those households earning between $250,000 and $1 million a year and 2% for those earning over $1 million. This small change will bring nearly $179 million to our schools.

Source: 2016 Utah gubernatorial campaign website Jun 17, 2016

Jonathan Johnson: I will not raise taxes as governor

I oppose new taxes and, as governor, I will not raise taxes. Last year, I voted against Prop 1 in Salt Lake County. Utahns deserve a break from ever increasing taxes. I will actively look to shrink government, not expand it. I will look for ways to reduce taxes, including corporate income tax and income taxes on military and social security benefits.
Source: 2016 Utah gubernatorial campaign website Feb 2, 2016

Mia Love: Vote against all net tax increases

The federal tax code is too cumbersome and complex to navigate. Moreover, the federal government needs to reduce its spending rather than take more hard-earned money from American workers. These are my proposals to fix the broken tax system:
Source: 2014 Utah House campaign website, Aug 8, 2014

Dan Liljenquist: Broaden the base; prefer FairTax

While Dan's preference is for a fair tax, he will actively advocate for any bill that broadens the base, lowers the rate and stops the game of playing favorites. Big companies should not be getting long-term tax breaks because they have better lobbyists. Dan has received the Utah Taxpayer's Association "Taxpayer Advocate of the Year" award in both 2010 and 2011 because of his work on pension and Medicaid reform.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, May 24, 2012

Gary Herbert: Don't stifle citizens & businesses with new tax burdens

We must balance our budget responsibly, and in a way that does not stifle an economy that is finally beginning to show signs of recovery. We need to support our hard-working citizens and businesses, not stifle them with new tax burdens. We need to help them succeed, not hamper their success. And we need to think toward the future, not just of today. I strongly believe the best thing we can do for our citizens and our economic recovery is to exercise continued fiscal restraint and to not raise taxes!
Source: Utah 2010 State of the State Address Jan 26, 2010

Chuck Baldwin: 10% tax on all imports into the US, and no other tax

Baldwin would repeal the income tax, and in return implement a 10% tax on all imports into the US. In addition, Baldwin would drastically cut federal spending.

“Basically, the only difference between the Republicans and the Democrats today is that the Democrats want to tax and spend, and the Republicans want to borrow and spend,” Baldwin said. “But both of them want to spend. They spend like drunken sailors, except that’s an insult to sailors because at least sailors are spending their own money.”

Source: Charles Geraci in The Herald Journal, Cache Valley, Utah Jul 5, 2008

Jon Huntsman: Historically high tax burden is now below national average

Thanks to the entrepreneurs, innovators and hard-workers of our State, personal income rose nearly ten percent last year, outperforming every state in the nation.

Our historically high tax burden is now below the national average. And we have the lowest tax rate since the implementation of the State income tax. Thank you members of the Legislature; you passed tax reform unanimously last session, and this month, it is a reality!

Source: Utah 2008 State of the State address Jan 22, 2008

Jon Huntsman: Removed half of the sales tax on food

Last year, together with the Legislature, we removed half of the State portion of sales tax on food and took an initial step in adopting a flatter, fairer, income tax that will help Utah keep its competitive edge. We established a dual tax system, now recognized nationally, that gives individual taxpayers the choice of either paying under our old income tax system or simply paying a flat 5.35 percent in income taxes. As a result of this action, every Utahn will receive income tax relief.
Source: Utah 2007 State of the State address Jan 16, 2007

Jon Huntsman: Restructure taxes to be more business-friendly

Source: Gubernatorial website, Nov 11, 2006

Orrin Hatch: Cut capital gains taxes to allow better retirement planning

We need to help folks better plan for their own retirements. I will continue to work on cutting capital gains taxes, which eat into everyone’s savings and investments.
Source: Speech to the 12th Annual Utah Seniors Conference May 10, 1999

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