Deseret News: Gov. Gary Herbert – Why Utah needed tax reform

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Utah governance is defined not only by our thriving and diverse economy, but also by our willingness to look down the road and tackle tough issues before they become a crisis. 

Reforming tax policy is always difficult. It’s technical, it’s complicated and it can be difficult to both explain and to understand. 

So, when Utahns express concerns about the upcoming changes to Utah’s tax code, I understand their anxiety. 

For several years, I’ve spoken frequently about the need to stabilize our tax structure. I’ve joined with legislators in pointing out that while Utah’s income tax fund is healthy, our sales tax growth rate is not keeping pace with our modern times or our projected growth.

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