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“I hate it” — As grumbling about sales tax overhaul grows, Utah lawmakers work behind the scenes to refine the proposal

Debate on a major proposed overhaul of Utah’s tax system was postponed Tuesday as lawmakers worked to craft new language that would satisfy critics and ease reservations around a scheme to shift some $340 million in state receipts from the education fund to the less-restrictive general fund.

Both the bill’s House sponsor and House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, visited the House Democratic Caucus on Tuesday to pitch the latest variations of the tax plan, which now includes a combined $75 million cut in sales tax revenue, a three-year rollout of new taxes on service-oriented businesses, and provisions intended to maintain growing levels of funding for public education.