Utah Governor Daniel Cottam

— What position are you running for? —


— 1. What did you do to help with the Utah 2019 Tax Referendum? —

I was opposed to the tax reform for several reasons but never got a chance to sign the ballot initiative

— 2. What is your position of taxes on food and gasoline? —

Taxes on food are not helpful to the least able in our society.  Already we tax many foods in the grocery store such as meat and cheese and this should stop. 

I would like to see a road tax on miles driven and stop the gas taxes altogether.  The road tax would be a dedicated tax and people would pay for what they use when they do their yearly emissions inspection.   Ideally, this would be a government sponsored referendum.

— 3. What if any taxes would you implement on services and why? —

Taxes on businesses are taxes on people.  I would like to end all taxes on business’s and just tax ordinary income at a flat rate with no deductions.  This would spur more investment in Utah than anything else we could do.

— 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? —

Education is a slow and painful process with ups and downs.  Luckily we have an initiative process that lets our elected officials know how we feel.  The best way to educate them would be to keep the current structure but make the initiative process easier.

— 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 —

The veto is the only tool I have, and I would use it to stop any net tax increase or tax favoritism.

— 6. Are you in favor of the Utah School Income Tax Constitutional Amendment that will be voted on in November? Why or not? —

I am happy that they are putting it for a vote.  However, I am not in favor of this.  Giving the legislature more discretion will end up in the end just diverting funds from education.  It is impossible for this not to do that.  This is especially true now with the pandemic.

— 7. Name one reason you are the best candidate for the position you signed for. —

I am a physician and small business owner who is asking to lead the state in a pandemic and not a politician. That alone speaks volumes to my competence over the other two who are running for governor.

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