Utah Governor, Zachary Moses

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

I was on the front lines. Collecting signatures, working in digital groups to get people out etc. I spoke at the press conference at the Capitol, where we launched the referendum. I was also one of the four candidates for Governor whom did the first signings. We went further and actually suspended our own campaign signature gathering, to focus on this issue. That’s how important getting the truth out about this issue.

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

I feel that taxes on food, are an immoral source for income. Unless we intend to provide universal food stamps, we should do everything we can to leave freely sold food as affordable as possible. As for gasoline tax, this is a necessary evil as we use this money to pay for road maintenance. The tax on gas is more or less sensible for this purpose. When that tax is applied to things that have nothing to do with our transportation infrastructure, the gas tax starts to bother me. Let’s keep our taxes clean and reasonable.

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

We would only implement taxes for those services which pass easily through digital payment platforms. The majority of independent contractors get such large write offs on their 1099s, that they often do not owe any income taxes at the end of the year. Therefore, unlike W2 wage earners, many of these contractors do not contribute anything toward our state education fund. To remedy this situation and create a more equitable future for all of Utah’s students, we must tax a portion of services as income. Also, I believe corporations should be responsible for a 4.95% flat “robotic-income-tax,” for all capital generating services which are performed by machines or software, rather than human workers. That tax shall be earmarked for education, as all other income tax is. We will also focus on taxing the services that will no longer be prohibited in Utah, after a review of unnecessary “freedom restrictions,” identified by the Moses administration.

— 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? —

Those many Utahn’s were right to feel that they were not heard. They weren’t. Those tax meetings were held last minute and over the December holidays. Lets not forget that the legislature was trying to cram these changes through with as little citizen input as possible. Of course people didn’t understand the issues, the legislature was writing bad policy and slamming it through without time to even properly read it. In the future, if the legislature feels they are being treated unfairly, how about trying to NOT pull a “fast one,” on the citizens of Utah. I would have vetoed that law without the slightest hesitation. Our constituents did bring their concerns up, and they weren’t heard. They moved on to a public referendum due to this. The system worked great! I’m going to make public referendums easier once I’m in office. It’s the citizen’s constitutional right to play check’s and balances the legislature, and share law making authority 50/50. Good job Citizens! 🙂

— 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 —

Absolutely! That’s what the Governor’s veto is for. In Utah, it is even a line-item veto.  Fantastic! As Governor I will literally sit there, and line by line cut out the ridiculous fat, and greedy giveaways. It’s our legislature’s job to lead, not line their friend’s pockets with land, and free water rights. Bye bye special interest nonsense. It’s called checks and balances. Checking the power of the Legislature is one of my biggest and most important jobs as Governor. I am very much looking forward to this part of the job, and take it extremely seriously. I will be the people’s Governor, and will especially not tolerate the working class needs being ignored.

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

No, I do not support changing our constitution for this purpose. Utah has a difficult enough time paying for education as it is, and I believe moving the money to the general fund is a slippery slope. I don’t trust our current Legislature to make the right decisions with that money. The constitutional earmark was written into our constitution for a reason; to prevent exactly what our Legislature is currently attempting to do with our income taxes. Shame on them.

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

I make solutions happen, and fast. I am literally the ONLY candidate with a holistic solution to biggest issues that face Utah. Our all encompassing solution will stabilize the western electric grid, save massive amounts of energy waste, restore the Great Salt Lake and other saline lakes of the Great Basin, clean up our dirty Wasatch Front inverted pollution, and increase our fresh water and snowfall across the State. In our first hundred days we will commission a feasibility study for this project. This concept is so revolutionary and potentially profitable, that I’ve been asked to give a TEDx Talk on the subject on August 22nd, 2020 at the Peery Egyptian Theater in Ogden, UT. The title of the talk is “Using Ancient Technologies to Terraform the Earth, First.” Under the Moses administration, Utah will become the Pioneers of the Future.

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