Herbert: “Tax Policy [Restructuring] is Kinda Like WHACK-A-MOLE!” (Audio)

Governor Herbert Compared Tax Restructuring to a Game of Whack-A-Mole File photo

Utah Governor Gary Herbert made his way back to his Salt Lake City office from a recent trip to Washington, D.C. and said he was generally pleased with the work that’s been done by the state’s 62nd legislature, heading to adjourn sine die in a week. “I love it when a plan comes together,” he said, (quoting George Peppard from ABC Television’s “A Team”)

On taxes, Herbert was adamant about his concern for the poor of Utah when he commented toward the state’s legislators as they consider another tax on food, “We need to be concerned about the most vulnerable among us. They need to be protected from any kind of harm and additional cost.” The State’s sales tax on food was reduced as early as 2007 and the present rate (on raw foods and similar) is 1.75% (reference tax commission info here). Current proposals include discussions of raising the tax on the same items to as much as 4.75%.

In a senate briefing on Friday, Mar 3, Senator Todd Weiler said that “When the tax was reduced, there was no evidence that [the reduced rate] has helped the poor.”

The intricacies of restructuring tax policies were “Kinda like a game of Whack-A-Mole,” Herbert said.

So, “Whack-A-Mole,” (and taxes) in the Governor’s own words:

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ed note: This article has been updated for more information on 3/3/17

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