Timing may not be everything, but it doesn’t hurt when you’re a Utah lawmaker raising taxes.
With the price of oil hovering around $30 per barrel, people hardly noticed when the state began collecting another 5 cents per gallon on New Year’s Day. And, while the price of gas, as I write this, averages $1.93 per gallon in Utah, which is a full 10 cents higher than the national average, hardly anyone notices. Once it drops below $2, who quibbles over cents?
A public that tends not to pay attention unless bad things become obvious isn’t likely to make those 2015 decisions an issue this November.
But you can’t count on timing always being so good, especially when you’re doing something that directly affects the economy.
Last year’s legislative session was unusual in that
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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.