Utah House, District 36, Nishan Beglarian

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

I helped to inform the people that their voice is continually being weakened.

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

How can some states get by with not taxing food ? Why is Utah not disciplined enough to do the same ? Excessive taxation should be avoided. If the revenue from a gas tax is used responsibly. Then a gas tax is good.

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

The people should pay taxes for services that they actually use. If avoidable, I would not implement any new taxes. Trim the fat. Right now, there is excessive taxation and very little accountability and responsibility.

— 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 agree that the peoples concerns are not being heard. It’s true that the people don’t understand the solutions that legislators come up with, because the solutions are usually so complicated and convoluted, that it’s not easy to understand. Sadly, simple solutions are not sought to solve problems. Purposely making something incomprehensible, hints at deception and dishonesty. Explaining things in an easy to understand manner to my constituents is essential. Thoughtful deliberation.

— 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 will not follow others over a cliff. If it is wrong, I will not vote for it. Those who believe in legislative hostage taking should not be in the legislature.

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

Sometimes voting in favor of something just causes more problems than it solves. First solve the problem of wasted school funding. I would vote against this measure because it will bring additional excessive taxation down the road.

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

I am the best candidate because I am just an ordinary citizen. A man of, by, and for the people. I know exactly what it feels like to be a constituent that is either poorly represented or not represented.

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