Lawmakers consider taxing Utah’s larger families more for schools

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Utah needs an old-fashioned barn raising — in the form of $400 million more in income tax revenue — to improve the state’s schools, Sen. Patricia Jones told colleagues on the Education Interim Committee Wednesday.

Legislation that Jones, D-Salt Lake City, is proposing would end the personal tax exemption, requiring larger families to pay more for educating their children.

Higher income taxes should not be considered a punishment for having lots of kids, she said. "It’s helping large families invest in quality education for their own children."

She added: "I see this as a barn raising, where everyone is helping to raise the barn and then it’s someone else’s turn."

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