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Utah Senate passes income tax cut

Pile of $1 bills

The Utah Senate has passed a bill that would cut income tax rates from 4.95% to 4.85%. The bill passed by a vote of 22-5 along party lines and under the suspension of the Senate rule that a bill must be read three times.

Bill sponsor Sen. Dan McCay said the tax cut in this bill would save a family of four about $100 a year. He said the tax burden is too great on Utah citizens and this is a chance to reduce that. Sen. Luz Escamilla, who opposed the bill, said it doesn’t reflect the immediate needs of Utah families. She instead encouraged a repeal of sales tax on food, but House and Senate leaders said that is not likely to happen.

Sen. McCay’s bill will go on to the House, where House leaders are expected to add on to the tax cut.

Emma Feuz is a senior at Utah State University majoring in broadcast journalism with minors in sociology and political science. She grew up in Evanston, Wyoming where, just like Utah State, the sagebrush also grows. Emma found her love of writing at an early age and slowly discovered her interest in all things audio and visual throughout her years in school. She is excited to put those passions to use at UPR. When school isn't taking up her time, Emma loves longboarding, cheering on the Denver Broncos, and cleaning the sink at Angies.