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Disabled vs. schools tax fight: Education wins

Published February 1, 2012 5:20 pm

Tax break • Senators worry proposal would deprive schools of needed revenue.
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In a tax fight over whether to help the disabled or school children, the school kids won on Wednesday.

A bill to give a tax credit to families with dependents who are disabled, HB250, failed to advance on a tie 3-3 vote in the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee. The bill had already passed 47-21 in the House.

Its sponsor, Rep. John Dougall, R-Highland, said families with disabled members are as deserving as others who currently receive tax credits, and could use the financial help.

But it would reduce tax collections by an estimated $781,000 a year. So the Utah Taxpayers Association opposed it, saying taking away that much money could hurt Utah schools. Several senators said they opposed it — unless some way can be worked out to ensure it will not hurt schools.

Lee Davidson

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