Utah’s house speaker talks tax cut, other legislative priorities

Oct 16, 2019, 3:22 PM | Updated: 3:24 pm
utah food tax reform repeal...
The Utah State Capitol building, file photo. Credit: Paul Nelson, KSL Newsradio

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Utah lawmakers held their interim meetings on Wednesday, and Utah’s house speaker took the opportunity to say that he is hoping for a tax cut. And soon.

“I would love to be in a place where we could get a tax cut by January 1,” Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, said in his offices on Wednesday morning.

That would require a special session of the Utah Legislature.  “Personally, I think a lot of us would love to see something done before the end of the year,” the speaker said.

The speaker said that Utah’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force will spend the next month going over multiple proposals from task force co-chairmen, House Majority Leader Francis Gibson and Sen. Lyle Hillyard.

Senator Wilson said that he does not think a tax at the gas pump will be coming, but he does say something needs to change in Utah’s tax code to keep up with infrastructure needs.

“We have so many challenges in our state with our rapid growth. We have to balance a tax cut with our needs in infrastructure and education,” he said.

Representative Wilson spent all summer talking and hearing about tax reform with the tax force, and getting feedback from Utahns.

He says Utah’s growth is creating funding challenges.

“At some point, we will need to see user fees for transportation, whether that’s miles traveled or road user charges,” Wilson said.

“That’s more equitable, it’s more fair,” he said. “Gas historically has been a proxy for that. But as the economy is changing, and technology is changing, the gas tax probably in 15 years will not be reflective of user charges.”

Wilson says education funding, healthcare, Medicaid and vaping are also big issues for the upcoming session.

When it comes to vaping, he says a working group should release some of their priorities and ideas fairly soon, especially when it comes to limiting underage vaping and dealing with the health crisis of lung disease.


(Simone Seikaly contributed to this story.)

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Politics + Government

Gov. Spencer Cox covered a broad range of issues Thursday night at the State of the State Address. ...
Chandler Holt

Governor Spencer Cox signs transgender bill, releases statement

Gov. Spencer Cox released a statement on the transgender bill, that would ban transgender-related surgeries and puberty blockers for minors, on Saturday.
1 day ago
Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, talks about SB117, which he is sponsoring, during a Senate Judicia...
Devin Oldroyd

Two Republicans voted against bill banning transgender-related surgery, here’s why

The Utah Senate has approved a bill banning transgender-related surgery and puberty blockers for minors. A total of two Republicans voted against it.
2 days ago
A House panel is endorsing a new Utah law, H.B. 102, which extends resident college tuition rates t...
Devin Oldroyd

New Utah law could extend in-state tuition to refugees & asylum seekers

A House panel is endorsing a new Utah law, H.B. 102, which extends resident college tuition rates to refugees and political asylum seekers.
2 days ago
A bill on transgender healthcare — banning transgender-related surgeries and puberty blockers for...
Eliza Pace, KSL TV and Aimee Cobabe, KSL NewsRadio

Utah Senate approves changes to transgender care bill, passes on to Gov. Cox

SB16 bans gender-confirming surgeries for minors and also places a moratorium on puberty blockers for minors.
2 days ago
With 24 other states on board, the Utah Attorney General announced on Friday a lawsuit against a De...
Simone Seikaly

Utah leading a lawsuit against new ESG rule affecting 401(k) plans

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said the states in the lawsuit are concerned about the federal government's promotion of ESG investing.
2 days ago
Rep. George Santos leaves a meeting of the House Republican Conference at the Capitol Hill Club on ...
Gregory Krieg, CNN

George Santos’ ex says congressman will never resign because ‘his ego is too big’

(CNN) — The former boyfriend of New York Rep. George Santos says the Long Island Republican facing growing calls to resign for extensively lying about his past will never do so, even as he faces multiple investigations, including into his finances. “His ego is too big. He’s not gonna resign. If they don’t find out something to get […]
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Utah’s house speaker talks tax cut, other legislative priorities