How many of us from Utah went to Idaho recently not at gunpoint, mind you, but of our own choosing to purchase a ticket for the $550 million lottery drawing? Heaven forbid that Utah would participate in the multi-state lottery system and keep that money in our state for our public education system.
Instead, let's raise the food tax on everyone in Utah. Rep. John Valentine, R-Orem, said on KSL Channel 5 News Nov. 30 that raising the food tax would amount to a zero-sum growth in tax revenue due to offsets and deductions for lower-income Utahns.
Valentine also said that the majority of the revenue derived from this "non-tax increase" would be used to help fund public education.