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Poll: 53% of Utahns pick higher taxes instead of budget cuts

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  • Kevin
    Jan. 21, 2010 2:39 a.m.

    What a surprise. People would prefer to keep getting their full share of bennies from the government and are willing to tax ANYBODY OTHER THAN THEMSELVES to make it happen.

    But they are fooling themselves if they persist in this benighted belief, since all those other people will simply pass the increased costs along to the ultimate consumer and add a little something extra for the additional trouble they've had to go to.

    Also, are these extra taxes going to go back down once the crisis is over and the tax base recovers? Of course not. Every penny will be squandered in future good times and the crisis that comes after this crisis will force the average citizen to undergo yet another round of involuntary extraction of their funds one way or the other.

    Say no to higher taxes on anybody now. Or say yes to higher taxes only on government employees and legislators. That should put an end to the whole dishonest scheme.

  • LIes and Deceit.
    Jan. 21, 2010 3:22 a.m.

    There should be a law that any results of a poll cannot be published if the poll question are not published along with the results. This would clear the air somewhat at how deceitful these polls are being used.

    There is no way anyone in their right mind would favor any higher taxes for a government that has become so inept and irresponsible. There is no way the working americans favor taking pay cuts, job loss, and forced debt and agree to paying more taxes too. This poll must have targeted the welfare and professional government dependents. Polls can be done by the demographics they choose to get the results they want and are meaningless as fact or truth. Polls are not random or accurate, they reflect the demographics and population preplanned and are nothing more than lies. And believe me, Utah has demographic maps for every conceivable poll by religion, citizenship, race, income, jobs, education level, political agenda, etc, so they are anything but random.

  • Tighten Belts
    Jan. 21, 2010 6:34 a.m.

    Utah has a slight advantage in its total tax structure relative to other states. This is partially offset by Utah's distance from major population centers, cold winters/hot summers and lack of diversity. To preserve Utah's competitiveness, local governments should tighten belts further before hiking taxes. We need to retain our economic edge more than ever in this economic environment.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 21, 2010 7:06 a.m.

    My vote is for cuts. When times are tough, government needs to learn to deal with it just like we do. If we expand or maintain govt. when times are tough, govt will grow even more when times are good. Big govt. is bad govt.

  • Craig
    Jan. 21, 2010 7:07 a.m.

    It is time for a pay cut for all state workers. They need to feel the effects of the downturn like everybody else. When you figure in benefits and retirement plans into compensation, government workers make much more than private workers.

  • taxpayer
    Jan. 21, 2010 7:16 a.m.

    53% of the poll responders do not pay state income taxes. Ask those who pay taxes and the results will be much different.

  • didn't
    Jan. 21, 2010 7:17 a.m.

    They didn't ask me. More taxes means less freedom, period. One day we will learn the virtues of a smaller government. Until then, hang on, its going to be a bumpy ride.

  • Tax Increases
    Jan. 21, 2010 7:20 a.m.

    If we are going to increase taxes let's do it on everything, including gas and especially food. We don't all drive, but we all eat so it's a burden on all. Personally I would prefer budget cuts. In our own families we just have to cut our overhead if we are in a budget crunch. I think the govt. should do the same.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 21, 2010 7:39 a.m.

    Shows that the radical right is not really all that preferred in Utah. Get past the intimidation by conservatives, and Utahns are actually more moderate and pragmatic.

  • As long as it's someone else
    Jan. 21, 2010 7:40 a.m.

    People that aren't going to pay the tax should not be allowed to vote on a measure they will receive a benefit for. "Hey free stuff, that sounds great! Where do I sign?" Politicians obviously know this and make promises to their constiuents using someone elses dime.

  • Nice
    Jan. 21, 2010 7:46 a.m.

    Let's see, the polls showing Americans don't want Obamacare are accurate and Dems are arrogant for not listening to the people....but this poll is a lie or who cares we're not raising taxes anyway.

  • Better Education
    Jan. 21, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    Utah already lags terribly in per pupil spending -- and believe me, it shows. We moved from out of state recently and the schools here are a good grade level (and sometimes two in math) behind the curriculum of other states. I for one would be happy to pay more in taxes to increase the quality of public education in Utah. Both the teachers and students deserve better!

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 21, 2010 8:00 a.m.

    "Waddoups said Utahns can expect more budget cuts no matter what happens with tax increases. He said those cuts could include closing a college campus, shutting down a prison and eliminating some support services for the state's needy."

    What?! Raise taxes on my food if it means keeping criminals in prison.

  • Nice poll
    Jan. 21, 2010 8:01 a.m.

    I'm sure the question was: "would you rather tax cigarettes or cut school lunch for disadvantaged children?" Totally agree with "Lies and Deceit". Disappointed the Deseret News would try to push an agenda of higher taxes and bigger government. How about some transparency in your story?

  • Dave
    Jan. 21, 2010 8:02 a.m.

    Respondents favor raising taxes on coal and oil but, not food. They don't seem to comprehend that raising energy costs will increase the cost of food.

  • PEHP
    Jan. 21, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    Increase the health insurance premiums that State employees pay. As a State employee I am embarassed by how low my premiums are for my family in contrast to the private sector and the benefits are outstanding. I know it's politically incorrect to say this and I will be viewed as a traitor by my fellow State employees, but at least in my line of work, I don't make significantly less then I would in the private sector and I have worked in both. I love the 4 10 hour days and the great benefits but I would rather pay more than potentially lose my job.

  • Tim
    Jan. 21, 2010 8:20 a.m.

    Where did they conduct this poll? In the Avenues where all the liberals and progressive myopics live?

  • KC
    Jan. 21, 2010 8:36 a.m.

    Most who favor increased taxes surely understand the taxes likely will not fall on them. Selfish behavior.

  • Doug
    Jan. 21, 2010 8:42 a.m.


    We have lived through decades of tax cuts without seeing any benefit as far as our deficit decreasing, in fact it is the opposite, our deficit has grown.

    Since we all know there is no such thing as a free lunch we have to continue in our house of smoke and mirrors or else face the music.

    There is talk of smaller and leaner government. Won't happen, in fact it is like the deficit shrinking with tax cuts.

    When the economy was booming was the social security system broke, I venture to say it was. Now the economy is flat is the ss system broke? It is again or rather still.

    No matter how painful we are going to have to bite the bullet and pay more taxes. It stinks, economically it bites.

    I am looking for one honest politician anywhere to say "we are going to have to be fiscally responsible and increase taxes" or a leader who will say we have to tighten the purse strings til it hurts.

    Til then we are broke.

    Countries who pay higher taxes are happier.

    Google it.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 21, 2010 8:46 a.m.

    I'll gladly pay more taxes if they will go to schools and police/fire.

    Also our freeways are in pretty good shape right now. We don't need to be rebuilding the whole stretch of i-15 in Utah Co. It is fine for a few more years then we can tackle it when the economy improves.

  • Don
    Jan. 21, 2010 9:36 a.m.

    I have a hard time believing the results of another Dan Jones poll. I've been polled by him several times and his bias shows in his questions.

    In this case, Dan would pose the following question:

    "Would you favor cuts in spending for the education of our children and essential services, such as for police and fire protection rather than raise taxes?"

    This forces the person polled to respond "NO."

    We really need another polling agency rather than Dusty (and biased) Dan.

  • utah guy
    Jan. 21, 2010 9:37 a.m.

    Maybe we should start releasing prisoners due to budget cuts. How about releasing some criminally insane from the state hospital? Perhaps we could cut bank regulators and let the banks just run amok. How about if we cut foster care expenses some more? Who cares about the foster care kids? Maybe we could cut the highway patrol some more.

    Which state agencies, specifically, would you all like to see cut? Instead of the blanket statement to tighten belts, give specifics. There's only so much more you can do with less.

  • Why not pass a law that says
    Jan. 21, 2010 10:15 a.m.

    you only have to pay taxes if you want?

    Get real people, even when times are good you don't want to pay taxes. Well, too bad. That is how the system works. You just want but you don't want to pay anything for it. You think teachers, police, fire, and social workers should work for free. Well, in the real world we pay taxes. The more you make, the more they take. Why do you think it should be the more you make the less they take?
    Utah is a state full of very cheap people. If I go to lunch they want a free ride. When we get the meal ticket they forget to add in tip and tax. They make just as much money as me but they are always broke. Why is that? Where are they spending their money?
    1)Drugs
    2)Porn
    3)Gambling
    4)Over eating
    5)Buying stuff they don't need live a new TV every year.

    At least I get some value for my taxes. When one of you cheapows tries to break into my house to take my TV the police show up an lock you up!

  • Thank you utah guy
    Jan. 21, 2010 10:20 a.m.

    That is the exact issue- saying "small gov." and "cut till it hurts" and silliness like that does nothing but demonstrate ignorance- nice political rhetoric that is good for a soundbite and votes from the ignorant masses- now back to reality- define those terms- tell us exactly what you will cut and also demonstrate you understand the consequences of such cuts and why we should not be concerned over such consquences- otherwise you are simply talk radio banter and as Churchill used to say back benchers who can complain endlessly but never really have to govern and actually make real desicions and live with the consequences- sooooo easy to complain- now back it up with specifics and rational for the specifics- good luck

  • Invisible Hand
    Jan. 21, 2010 10:28 a.m.

    "The idea that raising taxes slows down economic growth is completely false."

    Nice way to end the article. That statement shows stunning economic ignorance. Higher taxes are guaranteed to slow the economy. We can argue about how deep to cut services versus raising more taxes, but let's not pretend that raising taxes doesn't slow the economy.

  • Steven
    Jan. 21, 2010 10:29 a.m.

    Look closer at the poll. Any suggested tax increase that effects the majority is soundly opposed, like the gasoline tax. But a tax increase that effects less people is favored, like tobacco and alcohol. It's the stick it to "them" and not to me mentality.

  • Time To Tighten Belts
    Jan. 21, 2010 10:40 a.m.

    Government needs to live within its means just like everyone else. Tighten belts now = better economy going forward.

  • Dwight
    Jan. 21, 2010 10:44 a.m.

    This quote has never been more true than in Utah today:

    "the modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • That's because
    Jan. 21, 2010 10:53 a.m.


    That's because 53% of American's don't pay taxes today.

  • JD
    Jan. 21, 2010 11:06 a.m.


    Lets tax the negative. This is not anew concept as the taxes are already high on tobacco and alcohol.

    IF there was a $.10 per can tax on soda pop this state would realize a windfall. Like tobacco it isn't healthy to drink the soda, even Coca Cola admits that.

    Increasing tax revenues and lessening the burden on the healthcare system. How can that be bad?

    I would be in favor of raising the wages of every teacher in the state. Investing in education is hardly ever a bad investment.

  • Problem is these nuts vote.
    Jan. 21, 2010 11:09 a.m.

    Of course if you ask the people if they want a tax cut they say yes. The problem is we have State Law makers that don't have the stones to make the right decisions when it comes to dishing out the budget. They are rich themselves so they don't want to tax themselves more. And to keep the voters happy they will over cut in areas where we need it most, like our schools, police, and fire service. As law makers they need to look past the vote and crying public and do what is right. Times are tuff all over but if you need to save a few bucks stop buying coke and chips before you cut into services we can't do without!

  • The irony:
    Jan. 21, 2010 11:14 a.m.

    Fat man that hates to pay taxes is watching Glen beck on TV and has chest pain and calls the paramedics for help, yet they take an hour to come because of budget cuts and he dies.

    See, problem takes care of itself!

  • Salt Lake County........
    Jan. 21, 2010 11:21 a.m.

    As a Salt Lake County resident, I can expect my property taxes increasing by first the county, then the Jordan School district, and now the Unified Police Department.

    I say ENOUGH, eventually I will have nothing left.

    As for our education system, yes it may be a fact that we spend less per pupil than other states, but I will be in favor of the education system getting more money when they can be accountable for what they already get.

    It wasnt to long ago that two school districts, had employees embezel money, I believe it was Davis and Granite. Also I believe that Granite is investigating another $10,000 taken.

    Last I don't need my tax dollars funding people who cannot wait in line to enter this country legally, my son had to wait (in line) for eight years before we were able to sponser him (was older than 21 at the time) to be here legally. SO I HAVE ZERO COMPASSION FOR THOSE WHO JUMP THE BORDER GET OUT OF MY FOOD STAMP LINE.

  • @Time to Tighten Belts
    Jan. 21, 2010 11:24 a.m.

    Which programs should be cut? How far should they be cut? Which services do you think the state can do without? Can you back up your statement with some suggestions, or are you simply parroting the party line?

  • To Dwight:
    Jan. 21, 2010 11:25 a.m.

    thanks, I printed that quote, it sums up the GOP
    perfectly.

  • Re:Dwight
    Jan. 21, 2010 11:25 a.m.

    You must be one of the lazy that all the hard working people are talking about. Try living the American Dream and "reap what you sow." You talk of the selfish, what a joke. People came to this country back in the 1700's from England to provide for themselves and have the opportunity to do what you are now whining about. Go back to England. You want the handout from the government. GO TO WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Bob
    Jan. 21, 2010 11:31 a.m.

    They also need to spend less on road construction. Last year I was driving down a perfectly good road; no potholes, decent paint--two days later the whole road was torn up and repaved. Not to mention seeing all these construction guys standing there while one guy does the work.

    Taxes on tobacco should be without question. Alcohol too. They are not mandatory to ones living and should be taxed. If one decides to buy these items, they will pay the tax for it! It's sure better than increasing income taxes or gas, food or anything else that is essential to everyday living.

  • Re: Dwight
    Jan. 21, 2010 11:41 a.m.

    Guys like you haven't figure out the writing on the wall from the Massachusetts senate vote held this week. People don't want your liberal crud anymore. People want the government out of our lives and they want to "Reap what they sow." Get a job and live the American Dream. You have the same opportunities all those "SELFISH" people do. Quit being jealous.

  • Dwight is right
    Jan. 21, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    Some of you people posting here should get off and get back to your Glen Beck fan club page. The quote Dwight posted sums it up.

    The selfish people cry the most, and the selfish are all around us in this red state.

    No shame to be found anywhere.

  • utah guy
    Jan. 21, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    Since my original posting at 9:37, there have been at least 15 more comments, and NOT ONE has given a specific program to cut, except one who wants to cut road construction. Come on guys, no bites? Are you all good at rhetoric, but have no critical thinking skills and no ideas? I guess it just easier to yell CUT and TIGHTEN BELTS with little tea bags hanging from your hats.

  • What a surprise!
    Jan. 21, 2010 12:29 p.m.

    Dan Jones has AGAIN managed to spin his poll results to suggest Utahns want to pay more taxes.

    Baloney!

    Funny how only HIS polls make that finding.

    Dan has a long history of making his polls say what he wants them to say. I think they call that a "political polling," not true, scientifically valid polling.

  • KJ
    Jan. 21, 2010 12:36 p.m.


    Maybe the poll should be asked of those actually paying the bulk of taxes around here.
    These polls are always biased because they include those with no skin in the game.

  • NO TAX INCREASE!!!!
    Jan. 21, 2010 12:40 p.m.

    He didn't poll me. I am tired of increase taxes year in and year out. Why do we have an 80-100 million dollar budget for just over 2,000,000 people? NO TAX INCREASE PERIOD!!!!!!!

  • Re:Dwight is right
    Jan. 21, 2010 12:52 p.m.

    Your are so right. There is No shame in working hard and providing for yourself. You lazy people that walk around with your hands out expecting others to provide for you should be ashamed. Take advantage of the opportunities that are provided for you and QUIT WHINING!

    One doesn't have to know Glen Beck to have a little class and work ethic. Look in the mirror leftwinger, you're the one that is crying the most. Selfish as ever. You want want others have worked hard for. You're entitled attitude is quite apparent. Many are willing to give, but not to those who don't put forth any effort.

    Thomas Jefferson said "The democracy will cease to exist then you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." To repeat that is would not, not could not. Pretty smart cat, that Jefferson guy. He has you liberals down to a tee. GET A JOB!!!! AND KEEP IT!!!

  • Dwight is so right:
    Jan. 21, 2010 1:05 p.m.

    Pay your taxes you tax cheats. I pay my taxes and don't complain. You think you are the only ones that pay taxes? You are so special. Everyone pays taxes, tuff, too bad, get over it. You think 99% of your taxes is spent on fraud. You are so wrong about that like the way you view the world. Most of your taxes is spent on wars that George Bush started. You like paying that tax don't you? Go back and read the quote Dwight posted, it sums you up perfectly.

  • wer
    Jan. 21, 2010 1:06 p.m.

    This is completey nuts. Polling a group to see if they want higher taxes or cuts in services is akin to asking if you want poison or hanging.

    It doesn't have to be this way. If elected officials are irresponsible enough to raise taxes, when do you think they will come down? When the economy gets better? When pigs can fly!

    There are plenty of ways to reduce costs in government. Leaaders just have the guts to do. Give them the reason to do. Contact your eleced officials and demand no tax increases!

  • @wer
    Jan. 21, 2010 1:14 p.m.

    "There are plenty of ways to reduce costs in government"

    What are they? What programs should be cut? Who will be affected? What are the consequences of cutting those services? Answers, please.

  • Obama-osis
    Jan. 21, 2010 1:48 p.m.

    Yes if everyone was taxed 100% everything would just be so much better for everyone wouldn't it?

    People never can resist trying to get something for nothing.

    Newsflash. You always pay for it somehow.

    Stop drinking the fantasy kool-aid.

  • Bogus, False, Lies
    Jan. 21, 2010 2:01 p.m.

    Why is Utah media advocating tax hikes?

    Re-read the last line of the article - "idea that raising taxes slows down economic growth is completely false"!!

    Sorry - EVERY ECONOMIST in the world knows just the opposite. WHENEVER TAXES ARE RAISED, productivity suffers! Another way to consider that nutty statement is to say "if we raise the tax rate to say 98%, THEN we'll have MASSIVE economic growth!!"

    53% of the public DO NOT WANT HIGHER TAXES!!

    Please VOTE AGAINST any Utah lawmaker who advocates RAISING TAXES, especially in these economic times!

  • Galbraith nailed it
    Jan. 21, 2010 2:29 p.m.

    All you people arguing against Dwight's Galbraith quote are only proving his point. You're taking one perfectly good moral value (hard work and self-reliance) and trying to make it trump another (responsibility towards your fellow men). Have it your way, but if you're going to call us lazy and un-American, I reserve the right to call you selfish.

  • Can't we all just be friends?
    Jan. 21, 2010 2:36 p.m.

    Can't we just agree to have republicans pay more taxes and democrats to get more free stuff?

    I would like to stick around and post more but I need to go pick up my welfare check so I can buy more beer to watch the game tonight on my stolen big screen TV that sits in my apartment that the church pays my rent on.

    Yes, you republicans have some biased views of how the world works. On average, people are good and they work for a living like most of the people posting on this page. Sure, there are a few people that work the system but it is a low number. When you start to think eveyone is milking the system then you live in a delusional world.

    So, get off your high horse, you are not the only one trying to make ends meet. As if you never were given anything in your life and got help from someone. Yes, you are self made man that got no help and will not help anyone too by paying a little taxes.

    No shame at all around here.

  • To: 2:29
    Jan. 21, 2010 2:41 p.m.

    You Sir, are a very wise man.

  • Politics
    Jan. 21, 2010 2:42 p.m.

    Citizens are willing to pay (taxes) for needed services, but elected officials are too afraid of raising taxes (even for the public good) for fear of being voted out! Shutting down colleges, prisons, and services for the elderly do not sound like the public interest to this tax payer. I desire those and other services and am perfectly willing to pay for them, as are the majority of Utahns.

  • Re:Galbraith nailed it
    Jan. 21, 2010 2:57 p.m.

    You admit you're lazy and selfish and un-American but can't understand why those of us that work for a living don't want to give to those of you who choose to be lazy. You are unbelievable. A good moral value is NOT giving to those that are lazy. The only thing promotes is laziness. It's amazing that you can't make the connection. Please educate yourself a little; somehow. You're ingonarance is appaling. You're trying to justify your laziness by blaming someone else for not handing you what they worked for. We're happy to help those that help themselves but not those that chose to be lazy. It's a choice.

    It's you liberal nutjobs that don't pay taxes. There's three or four in Obama's administration alone. Conservative people follow God and believe in a higher level of accoutability. We don't try to cheat the system. We pay our taxes unlike Timothy Geitner. Do you even know who that is? Probably not?

  • utah guy
    Jan. 21, 2010 2:58 p.m.

    I have asked many times now to name specific programs you all would like cut by the state and all I see is CUT and DON'T RAISE TAXES. I'm a lib, have a great job that I love, have no children, and pay far more taxes than most of you conservatives who have many children (i.e. exemptions). Maybe limiting the number of tax exemptions per family would be a good start to raise revenue - not eliminating them, just limiting to say five per familiy - mom, dad, and three kids. That might even things up a little. I also am not so naive that I know that is the third-rail of Utah politics. More kids = less taxes.

  • To you lazy people
    Jan. 21, 2010 3:10 p.m.

    You're trying to make responsibility trump hard work. Pick up the scriptures and learn that God told Adam by the sweat of his brow, not by the handouts of others. People don't have a problem paying taxes to make things better. They have a problem covering for the lazy. I give 12% of my income yearly to help those in need that CAN'T do it themselves. How much do you give? Or should I ask how much do you take? Probably that same 12% or more. You left wingers are using some other liberal no name quote to justify your laziness. Get a visa and get out. There are plenty of other countries that are willing to support your lack of integrity.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 21, 2010 3:13 p.m.

    I will vote for the first legislator that proposes a tax INCREASE.

    Just because he/she has the guts to do what is right for the people at the risk of personal sacrifice.

  • @To you lazy people
    Jan. 21, 2010 3:21 p.m.

    Thanks for throwing all liberals under the bus. There are many like me who are not from here and have been transferred here for work. I make a good wage, psy my taxes, donate where I deem appropriate. I work long hours in a scientific field - definitely not lazy. I also served in the military for twenty years - how about you? You guys don't have the market on hard work and patriotism.

    Perhaps all conservatives are hypocritical, bellying up to the trough to educate their five childrn per family with income tax they don't pay because of the number of exemptions and deductions.

    Maybe we shouldn't paint with such a broad brush.

  • To 3:21
    Jan. 21, 2010 3:51 p.m.

    There are about two right wing nuts (perhaps 1) that are posting 90% of the posts on this page. It makes it sound like everyone in Utah is selfish, but it's only about 50%. The other 50% are Democrats. These two posters above think they pay 100% of the taxes collected in the State. They are probably small business owners that avoid paying any taxes.

  • Trust
    Jan. 21, 2010 3:57 p.m.

    I just don't trust anything Dan Jones Says anymore......I can't believe people actually believe the Govt will invest their money and spend it better than they can........How much of your tax dollars actually make it to where the need is? 78 cents? 72 cents? If my wife went to the grocery store and came home with 72 cents worth of groceries for every dollar I gave her.....she would lose her job and she would say the same thing to me.......the days of Obama/JFK big govt are over.....it doesn't work....it is bankrupting the USA......vote these Big Govt Dudes out of office......Infact I would take it one step more....for every politician who has been in office more than 8 years?...Kick 'em to the CURB!

  • Henry
    Jan. 21, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    I can honestly say that anyone who is for raising taxes is completely uneducated or horribly naive. Government organizations waste money. Look at the post office, the war, the DMV, UDOT, public school, the health department, the IRS, etc. Are ANY of these run efficiently? Would any of them survive in the free market? No. Why? Because they know that we have no other place to go and that we'll keep sending our money their way. I don't blame them, they have no incentive. I doubt that even 25 cents of every tax dollar actually helps the public. All the rest is tied up in paying needless employees to work ineffectively. They are very good at spending other people's money.

  • quivive
    Jan. 21, 2010 4:27 p.m.

    I've never met those 53%. They must be from Narnia. Does anyone believe Utah is more liberal than Massechuttes. Most people would never know if half the government programs went away overnight.

  • Henry:
    Jan. 21, 2010 4:38 p.m.

    Government organizations waste money? Do you think they are there to make a profit? What planet are you on? I know your kind, you like to say stupid things like "Medicare is in the hole, they are loosing money!!" Well, no kidding? They don't make money, they spend it and we pay for it. It is not an agency that turns a profit. They are good at spending other people's money? Yes, that is what they are paid to do, and as you say they are good at it, your complement is accepted!
    Thank you.

  • to Quivive
    Jan. 21, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    I bet if the State Hospital went away overnigt you would be out on the street and may notice it.

    Where do you get off making statements like you do?

    You are a poor example of a Citizen of the State of Utah. As a Citizen you are required to pay taxes.

    If you don't like paying taxes take it up with the IRS, they know how to deal with your kind.

    I bet you would like the IRS to go away too.

  • quivive
    Jan. 21, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    to Quivive
    I said half not all government programs. Your love affair with all things government is bankrupting this country. Look around the country from California to Michigan to Pennsylvania for examples. Do we really want that here. The unemployment rate is up to 6.7 percent. We all pay too much in taxes. If you don’t pay income tax they’ll get you somewhere else. Government has to do some things just not everything. There are priorities that are severely hurt by the growth of the bureaucracy. It is immature to spend money when you can’t afford it.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 21, 2010 9:27 p.m.

    I'm not naive or uneducated. In fact I have a masters degree.

    I'd pay more taxes if it went to our public schools. At least in Utah I would. Utah public schools get more bang for their buck than any other state in the union. We are the example of how to run an education system.

    My taxes in Utah are LOWER than any other place I have lived. I'd be happy to pay a couple of hundred dollars more if it went to our public schools. I already donate to my local school when I can. I wouldn't mind if they just automatically collected it from me in taxes.

    Really I wouldn't mind.