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Utah's Toothless Spending Limit

The Utah Taxpayers Association's August newsletter has an article on pages 3 and 4 that explains Utah's spending limit and why it is ineffective at slowing government spending growth.

In FY2008, total expenditures from the general and education funds (including earmarks) increased by 18.3%. The actual increase will be even higher once FY2008 supplementals are determined in the next legislative session.

The spending limit is ineffective because most government spending is exempt from the limit. In FY2008, only 39.7% of combined education/general fund expenditures (including earmarks) will be subject to the spending limit.

Click here to read the article on pages 3 and 4.

What's the point of having a spending limit that doesn't apply to most spending? Oh wait, the point is so that politicians can report to their constituents that they voted for a spending limit.

Howard S. could be famous if he gets Prop 13 Utah style passed. This is really what this post is about, yes?

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