Hunsaker: legislature may need to raise taxes

Balancing the state budget is going to be an excruciating job for Utah lawmakers, according to State Representative Fred Hunsaker of Logan. Hunsaker says it appears that revenues will be down between $850 million and $1 billion for the fiscal year ending in July. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Hunsaker said there are only three ways you can go and they are making massive and disastrous budget cuts, taking money from the rainy day fund or increasing taxes. Some lawmakers want to restore the sales tax on food and Hunsaker says he would probably go along with that “Hopefully we don’t have to do it,” Hunsaker said. “But as an alternative to taking large, additional cuts and destroying programs and the services that people depend on, I will probably support that. But again, I will need to see the numbers when we get there.” Hunsaker says a lot of people would get hurt if this is done especially those families who make just enough money that they don’t qualify for food stamps.

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