Utahns have plenty of reasons to be skeptical of the budget decisions state lawmakers made this year. Despite a surplus of about $700 million, they made sure you will pay more in property and gas taxes, and quite possibly sales tax, depending on what your local government wants to do.
Who knew prosperity could be so expensive?
And yet, it’s hard to find fault with the big picture. The surplus, at least, is an indication that someone has been making good decisions.
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has 32 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.