Republicans are not profligate spenders, and should not be. We must protect the public against the heavy hand of taxation. We must always remember that a dollar spent by the legislature comes from the pocket of a taxpayer. Some taxes are regressive by nature. The food tax is one of these. The poor are affected most by the food tax, which under conditions such as severe inflation, which we have now, is even worse. I would favor altering or abolishing the food tax in Utah.