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Utah's New Tax Code And The Campaign To Repeal It

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An effort is underway to repeal sweeping changes to the state’s tax code made by legislators last month. Friday, we’re asking what the tax reform package means for Utahns and whether the changes will stick.


The reforms include new taxes on food, gas and a host of services. Legislators worked to offset that increased financial burden with “pre-bates,” exemptions, credits and a cut in the income tax rate. All told, most Utahns will pay $500 less per year in taxes. Still, most Utahns say they aren’t happy with key pieces of the reform, including the food tax and the fact that any change to the income tax affects school funding. Tune in as we break it all down.


  • Nicole Nixon, KUER News reporter
  • Lisa Riley-Roche, Deseret News reporter
  • Speaker of the House, Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville
  • Marci Campbell, South Davis Coordinator for the tax referendum effort
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.