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Income Tax Could Pay For More Than Education Under New Plan

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Income tax money can only be used for education in Utah, but lawmakers are now advancing a complex proposal to change that in hopes of shoring up a faltering sales-tax base. The Deseret News reports the plan approved by a Senate committee Thursday would allow income tax to be used for other needs of children and the disabled as well as education. Lawmakers are calling the plan a last option for essential changes to the tax code. For it to pass, they'll have to convince educators and voters it won't undermine Utah's historically low per-pupil education spending. The plan must pass the Legislature to go before the voters in November.