budget

Final Budget Negotiations Strip WPU, Opts for Funding Federal Building

Media Statement

 

 

For Immediate Release: March 4, 2016

 

Contact:    Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director

                       Utah House Democratic Caucus

                       801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov

 

Final Budget Negotiations Strip WPU, Opts for Funding Federal Building

 

Salt Lake City - Executive Appropriations Committee met tonight to work out the final details of funding projects for the state budget - including the rate at which individual students are funded in public education. Democrats moved to prioritize an increase in the WPU, as well as making college more affordable to underprivileged students. Those attempts were voted down, with student athlete stipends and state funding of a federal building taking precedence.

 

Representative Joel Briscoe said, “This critical budget process can be confusing or boring or both. The problem with this confusion is that a lot of people miss really important line items. We can fund education at the levels our students need, if we are willing to occasionally make the unpopular decision to stop funding projects that have little to no bearing on our state’s bottom line. If you want good schools you have to pay for them. If you want a good economy, you have to invest in the people that make it great. We have the money, but not the will.”


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Removal of Hygiene Tax Fails in Committee

Media Statement
 
For Immediate Release:
February 10, 2016
 
Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                        Utah House Democratic Caucus
                        801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov
 
Democrat Proposes Removal of Sales Tax on Hygiene Products Fails In Committee

Salt Lake City - House Democratic Representative Sue Duckworth presented H.B. 202 - Hygiene Tax Act before the Utah House Revenue and Taxation Committee Today. The bill would remove sales tax from necessary items like diapers, incontinence items, and feminine hygiene products. Representative Duckworth spoke about the impact that these taxes can have for the purchasing power of families or individuals on a fixed income.

She said “These are not luxuries, these are necessities. Men, women and children all use these products at some point in their lives. $50 a year may not mean much to some of the legislators hearing the bill, but it means groceries for a young family - or the difference of paying bills on time to someone on a fixed income. If you have ever been a parent or cared for one, you know how quickly these expenses can add up. I am simply trying to give people who are doing everything they can for their loved ones a little bit more power for their dollar.”

The bill failed on a vote of three to eight in House Revenue and Taxation Committee.

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