My bill, Senate Bill 141, would raise $321 million a year for our neighborhood schools without raising taxes on 99.5 percent of Utahns.
After 30 years, Utah's 628,900 K-12 students don't need any more lectures, tests or audits from the Legislature. Lawmakers have relentlessly pestered our hero teachers, squeezing, poking and prodding in an effort to find inefficiencies. If they haven't found them by now, they probably don't exist. Enough investigation. What our children need now is less hot air from the politicians and a lot more cash. It's time for the Legislature to do its job adequately fund education.
Before 2006, Utah had a progressive state income tax that topped out at 7 percent. I have introduced a bill that would reinstate the 7 percent rate, but only for people making more than $500,000 a year ($250,000 for singles). SB141 would affect only about half of one percent of Utahns. That's 18,000 taxpayers, with an average increase of $12,800.