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‘Trib Talk’: Utah’s tax reform push moves into the next phase with no clear direction on where it will end

(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, of the Utah State Legislature Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force takes questions from the public as they host a town hall in Kearns on Thursday, June 27, 2019. The task force is traveling Utah on a statewide listening tour to hear suggestions, concerns and receive input from constituents, local officials, business owners, stakeholders, community leaders and any who want to be involved in the process to review ways to best address the state's outdated tax structure.

A Utah legislative task force has spent much of the summer touring the state and hosting town hall meetings on tax reform after a bill earlier this year collapsed under public criticism.

Now that this so-called listening tour has wrapped up, lawmakers enter phase two, where they’re going to try to come up with some concrete proposals in time for January’s session.

On today’s episode of “Trib Talk," Tribune government editor Dan Harrie and government reporter Bethany Rodgers interview Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, and Rep. Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, about the next steps for the tax reform task force, and the broader conversation around tax reform at the Utah Legislature.

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“Trib Talk” is produced by Sara Weber with additional editing by Dan Harrie. Comments and feedback can be sent to tribtalk@sltrib.com, or to @bjaminwood or @tribtalk on Twitter.

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