Utahns Oppose Tax Hike for New Education Mandates

Utahns Oppose Tax Hike for New Education Mandates

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- No type of tax hike to increase revenue for Utah schools trying to meet new federal mandates was acceptable to the majority of 607 Utah residents contacted in a new survey.

The opposition to any hikes in income, property or sales taxes or elimination of a state income tax deduction for dependent children was strong, with 57 percent or more resistant to any of the tax hikes.

The only option that did gain approval was reducing funding of other government programs. Fifty-seven percent said that is the logical solution, while 36 percent opposed shifting money away from other government services. The poll had a margin of error of four percent.

The survey was conducted by Dan Jones & Associates for KSL TV and the Deseret News.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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