Cheryl Nunn, Utah House District 16

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

I helped acquire signatures on the petition against the Legislature’s recently passed “Tax Reform Bill” to obtain the 2019 Tax Referendum. I spoke out on my social media and in my community to educate voters. I explained how this was a tax rate reduction for the wealthy on their Utah income taxes while it was an unfair increase in tax rates that low income and others would need to pay for basic necessities like their food and gasoline.

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

They are unfair, especially to those of our lower or limited-income citizens.  Their basic necessities like food & gasoline should NOT be taxed. They can least afford it, so those in the highest income brackets should pay more as they can afford it, while many of our seniors and poor cannot.

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

I prefer we stay with the income tax. It is fairer to all our citizens. Lobbyists have been very successful in making large campaign donations to our Legislators to get their specific service industries exempted, while others just as deserving have not been. It should not become a buffet where Legislators pick and choose which services to tax according to the amount given to them from campaign donors.  Again, such services taxes like necessity sales taxes are paid often by those in our society that can least afford it.

— 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? —

Legislators should not quickly pass controversial legislation in “Special Sessions” without citizen input and environmental impact studies as was done in the Inland Port vote and in many ways the Tax Reform Bill. It is clear that the legislature is NOT listening to their constituents, but to their donors, as evidenced by these two issues as well as the many ballot measures recently passed they have altered after the fact. It really comes down to a need for campaign finance reform. I would like the list of their donors with who or what those donors represent to be listed on the representatives legislature page and personal web pages to start.

— 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 —

Yes. I’m not driven by ego or power. I can’t be motivated by those enticements. My drive to run and serve is about what is best for the future of Utah families as we are going to experience significant growth in population in the near future with best management practices for all the problems that accompany such high growth.

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

The UEA joined legislative leadership, the governor and other education stakeholders at a press conference announcing a historic education funding agreement on March 11, 2020. Since I believe our Utah Education Association knows best about its future funding needs, I would support them in this effort.

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

My opponent voted for the Tax Reform Bill & the Inland Port, I would not have voted for such bills.

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