UT: Push to raise income tax to help schools moving ahead

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A group backed by business leaders said this week they plan to move ahead with a push to get Utah voters to raise the state income tax to generate an extra $750 million annually to address a teacher shortage, crowded classrooms and other school needs. Officials with the group Our Schools Now said they appreciate an extra $120 million lawmakers put in the new budget toward enrollment growth and teacher pay this year, but said it’s not enough. They plan to start gathering signatures this summer for a ballot initiative that would ask voters in 2018 to raise the individual income tax rate 7/8ths of a percentage point. That would raise the rate to 5.785 percent, up from 5 percent.” (03/18/17)