Policy Perspectives

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 Tax Reform, Ethics, Water Shortage   Volume 3 Issue 4  
Analysis of Utah’s Tax Reform
What’s Missing in Government Ethics?
Make Your Voice Heard on Water Policy
Western Presidential Primary Update
Understanding the Generation Gap in Today’s Workplace
CPPA Wants Your Ideas
Pigeon Poop
Two for Two
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Analysis of Utah’s Tax Reform
Enacted during the 2007 Legislative Session
by Janis Dubno, MBA, Research Consultant & Levi Pace, PhD Candidate, CPPA

What does Utah’s tax reform mean for typical individuals and families? What legislative changes affect the sales tax on food and other purchases? And how will income taxes be calculated for tax year 2008? This paper explores the changes in state tax policy and what it means for a variety of taxpayers. Representative cases shed light, for example, on the treatment of a successful working individual, a low income family of five, a well-off married couple, a single parent with limited resources, and a large family with ample earnings. This study is the first in a series examining state tax reform, its impact on Utah’s tax burden, and comparing Utah’s tax policy to those of other states.
What’s Missing in Government Ethics?
by Prof. Richard T. Green, MPA Director, Associate Professor of Poli. Science

Every election year the public is treated to calls by politicians for ethics reform. Like motherhood and apple pie, ethics serves as a favored symbol – an easy platform issue for gaining public acclaim. It feeds on our abiding suspicion of government officials. Ironically, however, the irresistible nature of ethics reform also makes it a poor candidate for establishing the kind of ethical culture in public life that Americans really want. Why is this?
Make Your Voice Heard on Water Policy
Comment on the Bureau of Reclamation's Draft Environmental Impact Statement
by Janice Houston, CPPA Senior Policy Analyst

At a public meeting held April 5, 2007, staff from the Bureau of Reclamation unveiled a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This EIS is an attempt to address potential water shortages in the states that rely on the Colorado River for water. With the spring snowmelt and runoff at approximately 50% of average in the Colorado River Basin, it appears the region is headed into its eighth year of drought. Water levels at Lakes Powell and Mead, the main storage reservoirs along the river, are at their lowest levels since they were filling, shortly after construction.
Western Presidential Primary Update
How much money have candidates raised in Utah?
by Jennifer Robinson, CPPA Research Associate

Three major Republican presidential candidates have visited Utah in the last few months, raising a great deal of money. Mitt Romney visited the state in February, attending fundraisers in Salt Lake and St. George, and raised more than $1 million in the short visit (Roche 2007b). Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said more than $2 million has already been contributed by Utahns since the start of the year (Roche 2007a).
Understanding the Generation Gap in Today’s Workplace
Executive Summary
by Angela Stefaniak, CPPA & Clayton Vetter, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles

What motivates you at work? Being respected, valued, needed? Or having freedom, independence and interaction with other bright people? What motivates you at work, and how you approach work, may have more to do with when you were born than you think. Different generations value work and think about work differently. Today, for the first time in U.S. history, we have four generations laboring side-by-side in workplaces everywhere. At work, these differences can affect everything – recruiting, dealing with change, rewarding and producing. Understanding how different generations act and interact can aid in addressing workplace conflict and motivating employees to work better and smarter.
Pigeon Poop
by Ken Embley, CPPA

It was several ago, but the memory is fresh, as fresh as the poop that splattered over the shoulder of my new suit and deep into my ear. I am sure the pigeon found some measure of success with the incident, but for a young man headed to a critical appointment, the pigeon poop was an embarrassing set back.
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