Lawmakers have called a special session of the Utah legislature to consider overturning the veto of a bill that would have dedicated a portion of state sales taxes to road funding. Governor Gary Herbert says he vetoed Senate Bill 229 because it would have designated 25 percent of the state sales tax to transportation rather than 15 percent, and that is a significant jump.State Representative Jack Draxler, Republican District 3, says he plans to vote against over-riding the veto because he feels to channel sales tax growth into highways would be ill-advised.”Roads have a dedicated stream of revenue which is the fuel tax,” Draxler says. “I think it’s a mistake to start taking from another stream of revenue that finances other aspects of state government. “I know that we need roads but we also need law enforcement and corrections, all the other departments of state government that operate on sales tax, not to mention higher education.”Draxler says he voted against the bill initially when it came before the House.
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