While improved air quality is a major issue for most Utahns, some civic leaders have expressed concern regarding the use of government tax breaks to incentivize the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles.
“I don’t think that it is the proper role of government to use tax dollars to pick winners and losers,” said Rep. David Lifferth, R-Eagle Mountain, who voted against the measure in the Legislature, stating at the time that buyers should make decisions based on the benefits of vehicles and not have the government interject.
He supports the idea of having cleaner air but wished that everyone who complained about the inversion and dirty air would “put their money where their mouth is and go buy a clean air vehicle.”
“My Chevy Volt is a great car that costs much less to fuel than one equivalent gas or diesel powered car,” he said. “But people should want this and not have it forced on them using the power of government tax policy.”