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Utah poll shows majority supports tax increase for education

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A new poll shows heavy support for reducing class size and paying teachers more in Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Is an education tax increase in Utah's future?

Well, if there is, a majority of Utahns would apparently support it.

At least, that's what a new poll says.

This poll conducted by the Exoro group surveyed 500 Utahns.

While immigration was a hot topic, it was not the most important.

Education was ranked the most important by 21% percent of those surveyed.

In fact, 69 percent said they would pay more taxes to get classes with fewer students.

This wasn't the only tax hike a majority was willing to pay.

Jennifer Robinson, from the Center for Public Policy and Administration said,

"The results show there is strong support across the state for raising taxes to pay for increased salaries for public school teachers."

Governor Herbert, however, did not talk Friday morning about raising taxes for education.

But he does want to make sure Utah's thousands of new students get the funding they need.

"I do believe this is the year that we, in fact, need to fund some growth in education."

This is where the legislature comes in.

While lawmakers are sympathetic to education issues, the House's outgoing speaker fears a tax hike might be a tough sell.

Representative David Clark told ABC 4,

"I know in my district…I have not had anybody knock on my door telling me please raise my taxes."

The survey also asked what are the weak links in Utah’s public education system?

The top three answers were:

a) Class size
b) Administration
c) Lack of funding


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