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UT Candidate For Governor Supports Tax Increase For Education

Democratic candidate for governor Mike Weinholtz says he supports raising Utah's income tax slightly to create more money for education.

Weinholtz, speaking at a candidate event at the University of Utah on Tuesday, said he supports a proposal to raise Utah's income tax by 7/8 of one percent, which is estimated to generate an extra $500 million a year. The proposal was put forward by Education First, a group of business executives that want to see the issue put on the ballot before voters.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert, who also spoke at Tuesday's candidate event, said he disagrees with the proposal.

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Herbert says a tax increase could drive away business and cause job losses. He says a better way to generate more money for schools is to grow Utah's economy.