A proposal intended to clean up Utah's bad air by giving a tax break for the purchase of a bus or train pass during inversion months broke down Wednesday over concerns about further subsidizing mass transit for the Wasatch Front.
"It's one thing when you want to go ahead and take this on with your own people who are polluting this area. It's another thing to take that from everyone in the state," said Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab. "I'm not against clean air. I'm just against paying for it for people who can do it themselves."
Rep. Marie Poulson, D-Cottonwood Heights, who sponsored HB55, said Utah's bad air has scared off business relocations and turned the entire state into "active smokers." Her bill would have given a tax credit of up to $50 per person who purchases transit passes during the worst inversion months.