Political opponents come together to support referendum against state’s tax reform package

Dec 23, 2019, 6:11 PM | Updated: 7:08 pm

governor running mate...

FILE: Jeff Burningham, left, and Aimee Winder-Newton, right, adding their names to the referendum petition. Newton, one of the GOP candidates for governor, named her running mate Tuesday. (Colter Peterson, Deseret News)

(Colter Peterson, Deseret News)

UTAH STATE CAPITOL – Some high profile names are joining the effort pushing back on the state’s newly passed tax reform package.  Three different candidates for governor all officially added their names to the list.

Candidate Aimee Winder-Newton says she used to go from city to city, touting the benefits of the reform package.   She says she used to believe the grocery tax credit would come out to far more than what low-income families would pay in additional sales taxes.  However, she was the one being convinced, otherwise.

Winder-Newton says, “I thought they would agree with what legislators were proposing.  I was wrong.”

She says the families explained how an additional $18 per month on food would hurt them, and that figuring out how to fill out another government form would be tedious and overwhelming for them.

Winder-Newton was joined by her political opponents, Jeff Burningham and Zachary Moses, as they signed the referendum proposed by former lawmaker Fred Cox.  Burningham says the state doesn’t have a revenue problem, requiring them to raise sales taxes.  He believes the state has a spending problem.

“Our state government has grown over 30 percent in the past five years.  Has your income grown over 30 percent?  Do you feel 30 percent better served?” he asks.

Other groups like the Utah Tax Reform Coalition, the United Women’s Forum and Utah Legislative Watch were on hand to support the referendum.  Brett Hastings with ULW says the reform package was passed with underhanded tactics, and he claims the task force that was created to hear people’s concerns didn’t do what their group had hoped.

Hastings says, “It was very clear this was not a listening tour, but it was a propaganda campaign funded by taxpayer dollars to try and convince Utahns we had some kind of crisis.”

He also accuses lawmakers of scaring people into believing major changes have to be made to fill the state’s general fund.  He believes lawmakers frequently move money out of that fund, then complain about how little is in it.

“The projections that were presented by the task force are bad projections.  They’re wrong,” Hastings says.

The bill would also add taxes on wholesale gas prices, and analysts predict that would add at least ten cents a gallon.

We want to hear from you.

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


Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall speaks at an election night watch party for her reelection cam...

Carter Williams

Mendenhall takes heated Salt Lake mayoral race after Rocky throws in the towel

Mayor Mendenhall's office confirmed that former SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson, her primary challenger, called shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday to concede.

9 days ago

Celeste Maloy talks with Gov. Spencer Cox at an election night party at the Utah Trucking Associati...

Simone Seikaly

Congratulations for Maloy from Republicans and Democrats

Celeste Maloy has won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, and is only the fifth woman in Utah history to do so.

10 days ago

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall speaks at an election night watch party for her reelection cam...

Carter Williams

Mendenhall ‘close’ to calling victory in heated Salt Lake mayoral race

The current mayor leads former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson 59% to 34%, according to preliminary Salt Lake County election results.

10 days ago

Republican nominee Celeste Maloy wins Utah's 2nd Congressional District....

MEAD GRUVER Associated Press

Republican Celeste Maloy wins Utah special election to replace her former boss US Rep. Chris Stewart

Maloy beat state Sen. Kathleen Riebe, who as minority whip is the Utah Senate's second-ranking Democrat.

10 days ago

Ballots at the Salt Lake County Clerk’s ballot processing room on Election Day in Utah,...

Adam Small

Utah poll workers aim to get election ballots counted ahead of Thanksgiving

Utah poll workers have been working long hours to get ballots counted, hours that will be especially long on Election Day.

10 days ago

Ballot drop box...

Adam Small

Utah Election Day: What to know before heading to the polls

Election day in Utah is Tuesday, Nov. 21. Voters can head to the polls or drop their ballot in a drop box until 8 p.m.

11 days ago

Sponsored Articles

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background....

Prosperous Utah Communities

Utah’s Battle to Protect Youth from Vaping Epidemic Faces New Threat as Proposed Rule Threatens Progress

Utah's strict standards of nicotine levels in vaping products are at risk, increasing health hazards associated with use. Read more about how you can advocate for a better future for Utah's youth.

Aerial photo of Bear Lake shoreline with canopies and people camped out on the beach...

Visit Bear Lake

Last-Minute Summer Vacation Planning? Check Out Bear Lake!

Bear Lake is the perfect getaway if you are last-minute summer vacation planning. Enjoy activities with your whole family at this iconic lake.

Political opponents come together to support referendum against state’s tax reform package