Tax hike compromise to replace Our Schools Now easily clears first hurdle on Utah’s Capitol Hill

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Rebecca P. Edwards, R-North Salt Lake, speaks to her resolution HJR20 to forgo the Our Schools Now ballot initiative to raise money for public schools and instead raise it with a hike in the gasoline tax plan and tweaks to the state property tax rate.

If the first public debate in the Utah Legislature was any indication, a proposed compromise to boost school funding without the Our Schools Now ballot initiative appears poised for passage in the waning hours of the 2018 session.

Members of the House Political Subdivisions Committee voted late Wednesday 12-1 to move HJR20 to the full House for debate, following unanimously supportive testimony by members of the public.

“We support this bill,” said Beth Holbrook, president of the Utah League of Cities and Towns. “And we support the opportunity of the voters to go ahead and make this decision.”

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