1. What did you do to help with the Utah 2019 Tax Referendum? I personally gathered signatures – spent hours collecting at Orem Harmons, Orem Maceys, Taylorsville Harmons and my campaign office. I turned in several packets and distributed dozens of packets to volunteers to enlist their help.
2. What is your position of taxes on food and gasoline? Taxes should be kept as low as possible, should be transparent, and should not harm the most vulnerable. Taxing unprepared food should never be the answer. We need to have honest conversations about the best way to fund roads – is the gas tax the right answer or should we look at other options?
3. What if any taxes would you implement on services and why? This is an enormous and legitimate question that deserves robust public discussion, rather than arbitrarily selecting winners and losers. The first step: Clearly define guiding principles to assess outcomes. Do we ensure fair competition? Do we protect a level playing field? Are we resisting a tax on business inputs? Is the solution a jolt to a specific sector? Have we recaptured the sales tax we were losing to online retailers? Leaders have a responsibility to engage Utahns on this conversation in particular.
4. Many Utahns felt that after the town halls and committee meetings that the legislative tax task force held throughout 2019 that their concerns were not heard and that special interests wielded too much influence. On the other hand, many legislators felt that the people didn’t understand the issue or the solutions that they put forth. If elected, how would you respond to the concerns and issues that your constituents bring to you and how would you educate them on the issues you are dealing with? The Governor has an opportunity to speak directly to Utahns in many forums. She/he should be leading out on conversations that help educate the public on the issues. As Governor, I will ensure the public understands the real imbalance that exists in the funds. The Governor has the opportunity to address the public often through TV, social media, newspaper and website.
5. Are you willing to vote against bills that legislative leadership wants you to support even when threatened with losing coveted committee positions, having your legislation held hostage, etc? Explain I would, if I was running for the legislature. As Governor I would not be afraid to veto inappropriate bills.
6. Are you in favor of the Utah School Income Tax Constitutional Amendment that will be voted on in November? Why or not. Yes – especially in light of our looming economic challenges because of Coronavirus. And only because the legislature gave a 6% increase to education.
7. Name one reason you are the best candidate for the position you signed for. I am the only candidate in the race who has a record (from serving in elected office), but can bring a fresh perspective to state government. I don’t have entanglements with developers, special interests, or lobbyists. I’m also the only gubernatorial candidate who personally gathered referendum signatures.
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With Aimee Winder Newton as Governor and John ‘Frugal’ Dougall as Lt Governor, we can stop Utah from becoming California. This experienced team of staunch fiscal conservatives is well positioned to help Utahns recover from the economic shock due to coronavirus. They will fight to get government off your back and out of your pocket.
Aimee Winder Newton is the candidate in the race with the most local government experience – in city and county government. She currently serves on the Salt Lake County Council – where she’s overseen the state’s second largest budget and his known as a “Budget Hawk.” She was elected chair of the council in 2018, and is a mom of four and small business owner.
John Dougall has an impressive record holding government accountable as Utah’s Watchdog. As a 10-year legislator, Dougall consistently championed Utah’s taxpayers, including co-sponsoring the largest tax cut in Utah’s history and helping protect its best-managed ranking. He has been the state auditor for the past seven years.
Their priorities include:
- Cutting budgets to keep taxes low
- Fostering job creation
- Delivering a world-class education customized to each student’s needs
- Fighting federal overreach
- Combating corruption and special-interest coziness in government
You can learn more by visiting their website at AimeeforGovernor.com or following on Facebook at facebook.com/AWinderNewton