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Taxes on Typical Utah Family

Last week, the Utah Taxpayers Association released a report detailing the federal, state, and local taxes paid by a median income Utah family consisting of two parents and three children. Click here to read the report and click here to read the Deseret Morning News article on the report.

Taxes consume 25.3% of a typical Utah family's income. This includes all direct taxes paid by the typical family as well as the employer-paid payroll taxes (which are counted in the income denominator as well as in the taxes numerator) but does not include taxes paid by businesses that are passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices, to employees in the form of reduced compensation, and to shareholders in the form of reduced share prices and dividends.

Some of the results may be surprising, particularly how much the typical 5-person, 3-child family pays in state and local sales taxes and how little (comparatively) the same family pays in federal income taxes.

It rubs salt in the wound to know that some of those taxes on the typical Utah family are being used to send state legislators to China.

"Hole In My Heart (All The Way To China)"

I've got a ticket, no turning back
My destination...
The sea of trouble, the land of pain
You're sending me where it always rains
Oh reconsider, I'm begging you, some hesitation
I'm holding on to my sanity
I feel the beginning of emergency
My hands are slipping, oh please don't let me fall into

This hole in my heart that goes all the way to China
You gotta fill it up with love before I fall inside of...
This empty hole in my heart that goes all the way to China
And though you can't see the bottom, believe me it's a long way down

I'm on a planet without a plan
It's oh so lonely
I need to see you to get out of here
There's something deadly in this atmosphere
I'm in a desert, without a drink of your sweet water
You're my oasis in the burning sand
I'm out of danger when you touch my hand
Throw me a lifeline, I'm standing on the edge of...

This deep, dark hole that goes all the way to China
You gotta fill it up with love before I fall inside of...
This empty hole in my heart that goes all the way to China
And though you can't see the bottom believe me it's a long way down

The gun was loaded, I didn't know
I pulled the trigger,
I heard a noise then the room went dark
I felt the bullet going in my heart
I feel so dizzy, oh please don't let me fall, don't leave me in

This hole in my heart that goes all the way to China
You gotta fill it up with love before I fall inside of -
This empty hole in my heart that goes all the way to China
And though you can't see the bottom, believe me it's a long way down

I've got a hole in my heart
You've got to fill it up with love

Oh oh oh ohoo little china girl
Oh oh oh ohoo little china girl

I could escape this feeling, with my china girl
I feel a wreck without my, little china girl
I hear her heart beating, loud as thunder
Saw the stars crashing

Im a mess without my, little china girl
Wake up mornings wheres my, little china girl
I hear hearts beating, loud as thunder
I saw they stars crashing down

I feel an tragic like an marlon brando
When I look at my china girl
I could pretend that nothing really meant too much
When I look at my china girl

I stumble into town just like a sacred cow
Visions of swastikas in my head
Plans for everyone
Its in the white of my eyes

My little china girl
You shouldnt mess with me
Ill ruin everything you are
Ill give you television
Ill give you eyes of blue
Ill give you men who want to rule the world

And when I get excited
My little china girl says
Oh baby just you shut your mouth
She says ... sh
She says
She says

And when I get excited
My little china girl says
Oh baby just you shut your mouth
And when I get excited
My little china girl says
Oh baby just you shut your mouth
She says ... sh
She says

Oh oh oh ohoo little china girl
Oh oh oh ohoo little china girl
Oh oh oh ohoo little china girl
Oh oh oh ohoo little china girl
Oh oh oh ohoo little china girl

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