Western Editorial Sampler: Tax and spend. Or not ...
Published: December 3, 2012 03:58PM
Updated: December 3, 2012 04:02PM
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Tribune file photo An F-16 fighter jet from the 388th Fighter Wing gets refueled at Hill Air Force Base. The 388th's 4th Fighter Squadron is preparing to resume training flights after being grounded since April due to funding cuts.

A lot of editorializing in the last few days about the real world impact of the money governments raise and spend. Or that they don’t.

— Saving Hill AFB: Facility must prove its value — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial... If Hill is to survive, it must be established to the satisfaction of Congress, the Pentagon brass and whatever Base Realignment and Closure structure is cooked up, that to do so, and to spend the money necessary to do so, amounts to a benefit to national security that is worth the money. ...

— Infrastructure over tax breaks — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial... there is one way to free close to $100 billion a year that could be devoted to repairing and upgrading infrastructure across the nation. It’s to stop giving tax breaks to big corporations. The U.S. Congress does it all the time; consider the billions of dollars that Big Oil gets in tax advantages. And, across the nation, states and municipalities provide roughly $70 billion in tax advantages to lure businesses here and there. ...

— Time to tax all internet sales — Provo Daily Herald Editorial ... Are you a tax cheater? If you shop online, the answer is probably yes. ...

— Lower prison counts: Support private organizations who help the less fortunate — Deseret News Editorial

— Common crises: Give a hand to working poor — Billings Gazette Editorial

— Medicaid an opportunity — Las Vegas Sun Editorial ... Nevada could bolster health care, economy with program expansion

— Legislative committee for elderly issues needed — Spokane Spokesman Review Editorial