As another sign that the recession's effects are fading, Utah like all states saw its tax revenues increase last year. That means, in part, that people generally were earning and spending more.
But Utah's increase was less than the average of other states, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The office of Gov. Gary Herbert says that is because many large states increased their tax rates, while Utah did not.
Census data said tax revenues of all types among states nationwide rose by 8.9 percent in 2011. In Utah, the increase was only 7.5 percent. The state government's total tax receipts grew to $5.48 billion, up from $5.09 billion.