Utah House, District 13, Tab Uno

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

I signed the petition to get the tax issue on the ballot.  I have gone door to door last year to every home in House District #13 (about 12,000 homes) in person to talk to and find out what the major concerns of residents in House District #13 are.  With this information taken directly from residents, I discovered that tax reform is the fourth most important concern on the minds of residents, the top major concern was reforming our state government.  Now I am prepared to go back to resident communities with this information to address this concern because it is something many residents want to have their State representative address.

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

Food and gasoline taxes are “regressive” taxes, meaning that low and moderate income taxpayers and senior citizens appear to pay more of their income for food and gasoline than other segments of our community.  To require the poor, middle class, and even senior citizens to pay more in percentage terms for government services seems to be unfair.  Such regressive taxes when taken together with all the tax credits and deductions that the very rich and business corporations have available to them, the present tax structure of our state seems to be widely unjust and unfair that requires major reform.

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

Before seeking any further taxes, it is crucial that our state legislature take a closer look at what the state’s present revenue balance currently is.  According to Utah Legislative Watch there may be much more money available to cover existing state expenditures than has been reported.  Additionally, instead of focusing on taxing services, a much better source of taxation would be a more progressive income tax structure that would allow the super-rich (those making over a million dollars a year) to pay their fare share.  By one rough conservative calculation, if all the millionaires in Utah were to pay 0.05% more in income taxes, it would provide almost $200 millions dollars in additional tax revenue.

— 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? —

I would first communicate with the Legislative Research Bureau which apparently I discovered would not provide me any information when I contacted them because I wasn’t a state legislator.  They apparently have information about the actual condition of our State’s revenues and expenditures which according to some aren’t consistent with what was presented to the public by the legislative task force.  So the second thing I would do is to present the real financial facts to residents in town hall or virtual meetings, seek the advice of public accountants who live in House District #13 and come up with our communities’ own version of what we want for a state budget and then present such a budget back to community residents to seek their opinion using various media outlets, internet, email, and even flyers if needed.

— 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.  My first responsibility is to the residents and voters of my House District.  However, I would also work hard with other legislators on their legislation that helps House District #13 in order to maintain a large circle of trusted legislators independently so I wouldn’t lose all my own legislative power to get legislative support for issues important to my constituents.  I would also remain in a strong position to help individual residents with constituency service which is also an important state legislative role.

— 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 against the Utah School Income Tax Constitutional Amendment but not for the usual reasons opponents have been using.  The problem with the current Constitutional restriction of the use of income taxes is that it distorts the financial picture and skews the ability of the state legislature to actually budget for the state’s needs and makes it almost impossible for any state legislator to explain to voters and residents what it is that the state legislature is doing.  I would be favor of having a much more comprehensive and wide-ranging discussion about amending our state constitution involving the best experts on public finance to help work with the public on coming up with a much more transparent and simplified Constitutional provision for overseeing our state’s annual budget.  As it is now, our state legislators are being forced to manipulate numbers and transfer money between state budget accounts and twist legislation that is so convoluted that it destroys the public trust.

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

I have been the hardest working candidate having literally walked to all 12,000 homes twice in House District #13 since March 2018 in order to get to know voter concerns along with my 12 years experience as a clinical social worker who is compassionate and brings over 20 years of public service helping residents and communities to the position of state representative offering a solid track record of my commitment to be the best representative for House District 13 in decades.

— Email —

tablynuno@msn.com

My name is Tab Lyn Uno, a licensed clinical social worker with a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Utah seeking office to our Utah House of Representatives District 13. 

In this anxious time of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the focus on health care has become a matter of life or death.  Many of us have suffered yet persevered with our strength of character and compassion.  It is with the same DEDICATION that I entered into a therapeutic relationship over 18 years with hundreds of clients who suffered great pain, anxiety, and depression that I hope to bring to the state legislature and represent:

  • Clinton
  • West Point
  • Sunset
  • NW Clearfield
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at our Utah House of Representatives.

I have lived my entire life in Utah having been born in the old St. Marks Hospital across from the old Wasatch Springs Plunge in Salt Lake City and subsequently moved to Clearfield 20 years ago when I married Bobbie, my wife.  In this time of societal turmoil, our communities have rallied together, made huge sacrifices to preserve life, mostly with success.  It is with the same breadth of over thirty years of EXPERIENCE and ACCOMPLISHMENT helping people in Salt Lake, Davis, and Weber counties that I offer my services to represent you and your neighbors at our state legislature:

  • 2019-2020.  Licensed Clinical Social Worker independent contractor
  • 2019.  Davis Community Learning Center tutor
  • 2011-2013.  Leonardo exhibit docent
  • 2009-2011.  Parents of Murdered Children, Utah Chapter board member and president
  • 2009.  Salt Lake Community College adjunct instructor
  • 2007-2018.  Family Counseling Service, Ogden therapist
  • 2007-2008.  Clinical Consultants, Salt Lake City therapist
  • 2005-2008.  Davis School District Equity Committee member and chair
  • 2005-2006.  Associated Interventions & Counseling, Ogden therapist
  • 2002-2004.  New Horizons, Ogden, Layton, Brigham City therapist
  • 1997.  Clearfield Job Corps Center outreach specialist
  • 1996.  Mothers Against Gangs in Communities (MAGIC) chair
  • 1994-1996  UofU/Neighborhood Action Coalition community mobilizer
  • 1993-1995  SLC Board of Education member
  • 1993-1994  SL County Aging Services Project CARE coordinator
  • 1990-1993  Sandy City Community Development Block Grant coordinator
  • 1990-1991  Sandy City Historic Preservation Commission staff member
  • 1983-1986  Children’s Museum of Utah docent
  • 1982-1989  West Valley City community development specialist
  • 1979-1981  SLC Board of Education member

I have continuously worked to represent our communities since March 2018 walking throughout our House District visiting all our nearly 12,000 homes twice, meeting over 3,000 people, and getting know the “real” concerns of residents.  It’s time to have a representative who has taken the time and effort to know our community first-hand in order to “truly” represent you and your neighbors at our state capitol.  As your representative I will endeavor to:

  • REFORM STATE GOVERNMENT by continuing to actually represent you by continuing to visit you in person at your homes, self-funding my campaign without strings attached to special interests groups or lobbyists, and voting on behalf of people not political party;
  • REFORM PUBLIC EDUCATION by dramatically increasing teacher and parent control over our public schools and allowing then to hire and fire their own school principals;
  • IMPROVE OUR ROADS by pushing to accelerate vastly needed street improvements on 2000 West, 1800 North, and the Legacy Corridor Extension in a way that is sensitive to our communities’ way of life;
  • REFORM STATE TAXES by focusing on a fair and just income tax system, and NOT increasing our sales taxes, service taxes, gasoline taxes, or property taxes.

It is past time to elect a state representative who enjoys campaigning and talking with people and who has a demonstrated resume of caring for people and listening to their concerns and needs, especially in these perilous and challenging times.