Utah House District 42 Sam Winkler

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

I did sign the referendum and shared signing locations on my social media.

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

We should not tax unprepared foods.  I do support tax on junk foods along with gasoline.

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

I don’t agree with taxes on services received.  However, if through the communication with the residents of the State of Utah it was determined in order to reduce or eliminate taxes on food and/or increase funding for education a tax on services needs to be implemented, it would be implemented on all services equally across the board to keep the rate as low as possible.  However, if the residents do not agree with the tax, I would not support such a measure.

— 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? —

First, special interests shouldn’t have as much influence as they do.  Second, if there are questions or concerns on a specific bill, then the bill may still have flaws and needs further review, attention, and public hearings – especially on something that affects people in the pocketbook.  When constituents bring issues to me, I would listen to the concerns, ask questions, and share all sides of the story with an open, unbiased stance.  I would ask more questions and we would have a conversation covering all the issues from multiple view points.  Many times once parties can see the issues from multiple perspectives, it’s easier to have a conversation and come up with a solution that will work for most people.

— 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.  As a police officer I have vowed to be unbiased in my dealings and I will vote for or against bills based upon the bill and the benefit for the people I represent.  I will do what is best for the people no matter what the leadership wants me to do.

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

I would only support this if there is guarantees that the legislature would not repeal HB 357 guaranteeing schools to receive a certain amount of funding.  Education is crucial in preparing our children to run the world and allow for growth to continue.  If the amendment passes, some monies will be lost to other programs and education funding must be guaranteed.  If they could not guarantee those funds, I would not support this.

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

I have worked hand-in-hand within the community as a police officer for over 20 years.  I have personally seen the issues within our schools.  The issues of growth within our communities.  How the air has affected our health and how our biased legislators make decisions and do not listen to us.  As a police officer, I am unbiased to external influences and will make decisions based solely on what is best for the people of our community.  I will truly listen to all sides of the argument, ask questions, and learn all sides before making decisions.  Because of these acquired skills, I will be the best candidate.

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