Utah House, District 41, Wendy Garvin

1. What did you do to help with the Utah 2019 Tax Referendum? I helped enter and coordinate events across the state. I helped deliver referendum packets to events. I held signing events. I volunteered at multiple signing events, Harmons and other stores. I collected many packets worth of signatures. I helped recruit volunteers to gather signatures, and I helped coordinate volunteer efforts.

2. What is your position of taxes on food and gasoline? I am opposed to any increases in taxes on food or gasoline

3. What if any taxes would you implement on services and why? I would not implement any taxes on services unless they were taxed equally across the board, including such professions as lawyers and realtors. I would prefer not to tax services at all.

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 hold regular town hall meetings throughout the year, not just during session. I would keep track of comments publicly, and notify constituents of how many comments I got on a particular issue, and how I intended to respond.

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 would be willing to to oppose leadership. As a junior legislator, I wouldn’t be likely to get committee positions, and as a member of the minority party, I would be even less likely to get such positions, so it’s very unlikely those things would be on the table. As a Democrat, I would need to work hard at bipartisan relationships to get any legislation passed. Disagreeing with Leadership is already part of the day to day work of a Democrat, so I don’t think it’s likely to affect my standing in the legislature greatly.

6. Are you in favor of the Utah School Income Tax Constitutional Amendment that will be voted on in November? Why or not. I think this is the best proposal I’ve heard yet to deal with the inequalities in the income tax fund. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, I need time to engage with the constituents in my district to find out their opinions. On this, like all things, my goal is to represent my constituents first and foremost.

7. Name one reason you are the best candidate for the position you signed for. I will listen to my constituents. I will spend my time in my district, talking to my constituents, and I will represent them. My oath is to my constituents, the constitution, and the people of Utah, not to the leadership of the legislature.

Email wendy@wendyforutah.com