Utah House, District 22, Marilee Roose

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

Passed along information to Constitution party members in Salt Lake County.

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

The State does not need to tax food and gas.

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

I would not be in favor of taxes on services.

— 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 have been a concerned citizen who felt that the Government entities did not listen and already had decidied what to do. I have also known legislators who felt they just couldn’t reach or reason with the general populace. In this day fo social media I believe I could find a way to be more involved with my constituents and put materials out to the public to help them know  about issues. I would also make it very clear that I am a peoples rep. Not a special interest rep.

— 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 am a peoples Representative, first and always. Others in the legislature can do as they wish but I will do what is right. I don’t intend to be in the legislature long enough to care about power or position. I will be there long enough to fulfill my duty to the people of Utah and my District 22 constituents, during my term of office. After that, my hope is to help someone with the same desires to take my place.

— 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 in favor of making sure the money Utah citizens pay toward schools stays in schools. I have not had the time necessary to make sure this amendment does that. What I don’t want is the slight of hand manuvers that so often rob peter to pay paul in politics. Everything a legislator does has consequenses that last well beyond their term. I also want to be a legilator who bravely takes on a battle for my constituents. I will not side step my duty and then say it is better to let the people decide so I don’t have to be accountable.

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

I am a citizen legislator, I am a statesman, I am a self educated, everyday, woman with an all abiding love of freedom from oppressive and overburdening governmental authority. I believe in the ability of a free society to find answers to the hardest societal questions outside the government. I believe in the power of people to work together to make things better. I know that the best practice of Government is to keep out of the way of the people’s creative progress and protect their right to problem solve. When it comes to Government Less is usually more. Electing me will ensure that you as a citizen will be heard, listened too, and then protected from be trompled upon by too much legislation.

Email statehouse22now@marileeroose.com