Utah House Democratic Statement on Delaying Tax Reform Efforts

Media Statement


Thursday, March 7, 2019 

Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
(385) 228-5483 | rosschambless@le.utah.gov


Utah House Democratic Statement on Delaying Tax Reform Efforts


SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah House Democratic Leadership issued the following statement on delaying state tax reform this session:

House Democrats have made clear our position that the process for moving forward with state tax reform should be inclusive, transparent, and open to diverse viewpoints as it always should have been. We agree with those in the majority caucus that we should make greater efforts to listen, gather information from all who want to be heard on this issue, and develop the best policies for reforming our tax system.

We are glad the people of Utah made their voices heard to slow down the process of developing tax reform legislation which will affect every resident and every company that does business in the state. We were given insufficient time to assess all of the unintended consequences of broadening the sales tax base to include services while lowering the rate.

We agree that as we shift from a goods-based economy to a service-based economy, tax reform is necessary to balance our state finances. But it cannot be done on the backs of small local businesses and cannot come at the expense of education.  

We appreciate the efforts put in so far, and we look forward to working with our majority colleagues, individuals and businesses to stabilize our tax system to benefit all Utahns.


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