- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah lawmakers have voted down a bill that would raise income taxes in order to send more money to high-performing teachers.

Members of the state House of Representatives’ education committee voted 2-11 against the bill Monday, with the only Democrats voting in favor.

The proposal from North Logan Republican Rep. Jack Draxler would have bumped Utah’s individual income tax rate up to 5.5 percent from its current rate of 5 percent.

Many Republicans have opposed a tax increase and some have signed a pledge to oppose any and all tax hikes.

Draxler says a pay bump for teachers is long overdue and the extra tax revenue generated by his proposal would have allowed school districts to pay outstanding teachers more money.

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