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Ambitious legislative session ends with no action on its No. 1 priority of tax reform and with a shaky budget down the road

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Mar 15, 2019 1:54 AM 1+ mon ago

Forty-five days ago, two new legislative leaders called their respective chambers to order with an ambitious vision that they said would demand the industry of Brigham Young and the enterprising spirit of the American revolutionaries.

This would be the year, they said, that lawmakers would finally take on the herculean task of overhauling Utah's tax code and correcting a longstanding revenue imbalance that threatens the state's financial health. And if that weren't enough to do, House Speaker Brad Wilson also tossed in the goal of delivering a record-breaking $225 million tax cut to state residents.

Over the weeks that followed, this ambitious vision would gradually melt before their eyes. A massive tax reform bill that had taken months to prepare ended up collapsing under a mound of doom-and-gloom predictions from the businesses that would've had to pay up. When the 2019 session ...

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