Limited and Open Government
The problem with this practice is that it undermines the important difference between a fee and a tax. Fees are payments in exchange for a quantitative public service while taxes cover the remaining immeasurable services that...
What happens when the government competes with the free market to provide non essential services? The practice is all too common and it sabotages both the government and the people.
Justice and Due Process
The Utah legislature unanimously passed house bill 202 to stop local government's from over criminalizing ordinances.
This bill would allow local governments to create "rent control" laws that arbitrarily impose price restrictions on the cost of renting property.
Local governments across Utah often rely on a Class B misdemeanor for nuisance penaltys—even when no actual harm is done.
Permits were intended to be straightforward and a means to protect the safety and rights of others. But over time they have been used to restrict opportunity and freedom.
In many Utah cities, an unkempt lawn is a criminal offense—should it be?
This bill requires cities counties to produce a transparency website showing tax exemptions they provide to favored businesses.
Utahns aren't able to fully utilize there property due to local government regulations—SB 107 seeks to change that.
This bill restricts government from charging individuals for onerous property violations that don't actually bother neighbors.