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What to do with all of the money?

When it comes to divvying up taxpayer dollars, periods of plenty can be as perplexing as lean times, especially when politics intervenes to muddle things.

Utah, like many states across the nation, is enjoying a season of economic prosperity. Millions of unexpected dollars are pouring into state coffers. By next legislative session, those who control the purse strings will have difficult decisions to make.

They would do well to heed the will of the people, as expressed in a recent KSL-Deseret Morning News poll.

Cut taxes or spend on state needs, was the question. And fairly resoundingly, by 63 to 29 percent, those polled said use “the extra money for state needs like education funding, road construction and/or health care for the needy.”

It is not too early for that message to be heard, especially with a host of interim studies underway on issues that affect the state’s budget.

Don’t get us wrong. KSL is as opposed to excessive taxation as anyone. But, Utah’s need for essential government services is not waning. Foremost, is society’s responsibility to effectively educate her young!

Yes, what to do with all of the money? KSL hopes wise expenditure of public funds more than political gamesmanship will guide the decision making.

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