At the Utah Legislature, some things are like the weather. People complain about them endlessly but never seem to do anything to change them.
That may be because, at the moment, meteorology is far more accurate than anything that can predict modern disruptions to the way governments have gotten used to doing business.
And then there is the tricky business of wanting to be re-elected.
Two taxes, the gas tax and the sales tax, are proving to be particularly vexing. They are 20th century tools, and as the 21st century rolls along they are becoming about as useful as eight-track tape decks.
It’s not that lawmakers are afraid of raising them — they have tinkered with the gas tax, particularly, in recent years, even making increases automatic.
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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.