Sleeper Issue for 2007 General Session
Some issues are debated every year at the Legislature: tax cuts, tax hikes, vouchers, charter schools, public education, transportation, Truth-in-Taxation.
Every couple of years, a sleeper issue dominates the headlines, catches everyone off guard and causes a big ruckus: credit unions vs. banks, UTOPIA, and subsidies for a soccer stadium.
We'll be a little bold and make a prediction: one of the sleeper issues for the 2007 Session will be Utah's state spending limitation law.
In 2004, Rep. Greg Hughes (R-Draper) sponsored HB66, a taxpayer-friendly bill that strengthened Utah's very weak spending limitation law. The bill passed each chamber overwhelmingly (48-17-10 in the House and 18-5-6 in the Senate.)
Why will this be an issue in the 2007 session? Stay tuned.