Utah House, District 46, Lee Anne Walker

1. What did you do to help with the Utah 2019 Tax Referendum? Everything I could think of. I used my social media. I told everybody of every political persuasion to sign it. I contacted Libertarian leaders statewide. I got in touch with Fred Cox and invited him to a home meeting at my house to speak, sign, and disseminate petition packets. I told everyone, any party or no party, it was going to work because the times have changed. When Harmons got involved, I told everyone to go there to finish their packets and get them turned in.  

2. What is your position of taxes on food and gasoline? I think there should be no tax on unprepared food. We have too many people who are struggling, and cut costs at the grocery store. Which you can do easier than skipping part of rent or utility bills. But a parent who gives the kids food and goes without themselves risks getting sick and not being able to work. Gasoline is very necessary in rural areas and in some occupations, as carpet cleaners and plumbers. We produce a lot of gas and suffer from pollution from the drilling sites, refineries, as well as the vehicle tailpipes. We need to have some auditing and questions asked before raising the gas tax. What is fair, to the people, to the extraction industries, to the refineries? We should not reward the 2 refineries refusing to produce the cleanest tier of gas for Utahns. That isn’t fair to the 3 who stepped up. Perhaps we need to know about Alaska taxing their extractors to the point of sending checks to taxpayers.  

3. What if any taxes would you implement on services and why? I remain open minded to being convinced. I believe the legislature has the process backwards. First you look at what you are bringing in and what it is covering. And be transparent about all the money stashed in accounts not even mentioned in the budgeting process. Then you look at the bucket list of all the things that anybody is asking the legislature to do. And then you look at what is predicted to come in without changes. Get an honest idea about the whole process. No matter how cool some of the bucket list items may be, if you have to make your taxpayers feel like they are going to loose their houses over taxes, pare the projects down, prioritize, spread them out over time.

  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 think there needs to be lots of transparency and discussion.
I think that we have a large bloc of voters, not aligned with either party because they feel not represented in important ways. The role of third parties has been to develop and popularize new ideas. The tax prop was very exciting and hopeful for the future because it brought together so many different people to stand together.  

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 running as a Libertarian. I won’t have to worry about party leadership threatening me, or asking me not to do something that might reflect on their party. As a 70 year old, retired woman lawyer in a wheelchair, I am not intending to make a career of this. I do have something to say: the times have changed. We can go forward and value people over dollars, and go toward a future with clean air, clean water, and lands. I will stick up for all your rights all the time. I intend to speak up and speak out. If we do not bravely face the future and honestly try to do better, we are going to destroy our planet and ourselves.  

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 definitely vote for Equal Rights Amendment. I’ve been waiting 50 years since I stood in the balcony of the Utah House of Representatives and watched that voted down.

7. Name one reason you are the best candidate for the position you signed for. I am old enough to have perspective, and to recognize that my generation’s mantra of not trusting anyone over 30 years old has gone full circle twice. The baby boomers are not to blame for our current mess as much as they were betrayed by opportunists among us to forget that “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” It is not for no reason that all our political leaders look like they are either 80 or high school student body presidents. And that consumerism rather than productivity is the engine of our economy. Dollars, not votes, win elections, and have power in government. I have always been interested in politics. I got degrees in history and political science from BYU. and law from the U of U. I have been cause oriented, and motivated to activism by issues, not party loyalty. I’ve been paying attention my whole life, and not going to blindly follow the conventional wisdom of past decades like we peaked as a people and can flat-line or decline. I have been paying attention to the big issues of district 46: air, watershed, endlessly expanding Canyon traffic problem, planned growth.

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