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Proposed gas tax increase to help education system

Keora Anderson, Section Editor

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Utah – The state government has proposed a ten-cent increase on the gas tax to free up money for the education system.

 

As a part of the mid-term ballot, the Utah state government will include a nonbinding question concerning a ten-cent increase on the gas tax in the state.

 

The increase on the tax was approved for vote by Utah lawmakers last March and is to be used to support the education system.

 

Gas taxes do not normally support the education system; however, in the case of this tax increase, the money would go directly to the education system.

 

This proposed increase is a toss up in terms of support. As reported by the Salt Lake Tribune, “[The tax] is opposed by 56 percent of registered Utah voters, compared with 42 percent who indicated support.”

 

Students of Riverton are also unsure on the increase.

 

Melanie Summers, senior, shared her opinion by saying, “An increase on gas doesn’t make sense. The schools have plenty of money… We don’t need another tax.”

 

Kylie Schouten, junior, opposed Melanie’s opinion when she stated, “We need more money for schools. Teachers are preparing the future. They need to be paid better.”

 

Both of the aforementioned students came to a consensus that they would be in favor of the tax if they could see where the money was going.

 

They, along with many voters, want to know where their money is going to be used before they vote to give it up. They want the government to provide a full breakdown of where the money would be going to assuage their minds and earn their votes.

 

The vote on this proposition in the upcoming midterm ballot is, as before stated, nonbinding. This is not a final decision; but rather, it is a reference point for Utah lawmakers. The vote will determine if the proposition should be revised or pushed forward for a binding vote.

 

In any case, the vote is measuring out to be a close one. With the supporters and opposition totalling near even in number, only time will tell if this proposition will move forward for a binding vote.

Keora Anderson, Section Editor

Keora Makenzie Anderson was born and raised in Riverton, Utah and currently attends Riverton High School as a senior. Keora loves to meet new people living...

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