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Looking Back at Another Difficult State Budget

By Dan Bammes

South Jordan, UT – It was looking like a tough year. The economy was down and Utah's governor was faced with a steep decline in state revenue. The year was 1987, and the governor was Norm Bangerter, who put his political future on the line with his solution -- raising taxes. The tax increases he pushed through the Utah legislature in 1987 were mostly repealed a year later, and he went on to win a second term in a campaign against the popular Democratic mayor of Salt Lake City, Ted Wilson. Bangerter spoke with KUER's Dan Bammes at his home in South Jordan.

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