1. What did you do to help with the Utah 2019 Tax Referendum? Early on, I was the So. Davis Coordinator where I hosted many signature events, trained individuals to witness signatures across the Wasatch Front from Layton to Provo, and supported signature witnesses with their events & needed packets. I helped facilitate the collaboration with Harmons & Associated Food Stores which necessitated a leadership role in coordinating signature gathering in the grocery stores throughout the state. Specific duties included: liaison between referendum group and Harmons/AFS, protocol development, Team Member of: advertising, Facebook communications, public relations, media interviews, store/area coordinator oversight, technology/logistics planning, 24 hr. problem solving for hundreds of volunteers throughout the state. It was my pleasure getting to work with many talented individuals that came together to make the impossible….possible.
2. What is your position of taxes on food and gasoline? I disagree with the increase on taxes for food and gasoline. I have been a struggling single mom of three in graduate school, so I know that the extra tax money for food would be very detrimental for those already struggling purchase food for their families.
The gas tax increase would cause all goods in the state of Utah to increase because of shipping costs for goods to the stores. Additionally, a gas increase would hurt the state’s rural areas because distance to and from work and school is greater.
3. What if any taxes would you implement on services and why? I disagree with the introduction of any service tax as a new type of taxation for several reasons. 1. Any time a new type of taxation in introduced, there are many levels of new government oversight which is an inefficient use of tax dollars and the opportunity for government regulation to grow much larger. 2. The very fabric of the way we have always done business in Utah is based on our opportunity to make money through ingenuity and providing services. Service taxes would change the very fabric of how we live our lives in Utah by making it too difficult and expensive for small businesses to manage being a tax collector for Utah. 3. Once there is a service tax for some services, the government will continue to choose winners and losers by adding additional types of services to be taxed. Small service businesses do not have the luxury of a strong lobby on Capitol Hill. It is the very essence of unfair taxation.
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 believe that most of the legislature members were told that the task force town halls were held to get the public’s feedback. Unfortunately, the public felt the town halls were not devised to gather information but to educate or convince the public that the tax reform ideas were a good thing.
If elected, I would be transparent regarding the needs of the government, as well as the voices of the people! Technology is a great way to gather feedback from my constituents such as the use of surveys, emails, texts, and phone calls. I would educate on the issues via social media and a bill summary blog with explanations for why I voted the way that I did. All communication will be with done with civility.
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! I am running because I feel that the people’s voice is not being heard on Capitol Hill. I will vote by listening to the voice of my constituents, rather than political pressure.
6. Are you in favor of the Utah School Income Tax Constitutional Amendment that will be voted on in November? Why or not. This is a tricky question because I am not opposed to a constitutional amendment regarding income tax allocation. However, I do not like the vagueness of the current bill regarding children and disabilities. I would like to see the specific programs that would receive income tax funding with the amendment.
7. Name one reason you are the best candidate for the position you signed for. It is the right time for fiscally responsible representation with my #1 goal to listen to the VOICE of the people.
I am Marci Green Campbell and I am running for Utah Senate District 23 (So. Davis County and No. Rose Park). Raised in So. Davis County, it would be my honor to represent District 23. I’ve been a successful business owner and real estate broker/developer. As a single mother of three, I obtained a master’s degree in counseling and a PhD in Family Studies and Human Development. I currently teach psychology college courses. My experience in the mental health field may be greatly needed as we address future ramifications of the pandemic.
I have known both prosperity and survival which enabled me to see the dire need to do something about the 2019 tax reform law passed shortly before Christmas. After becoming a key leader in the tax referendum, I collaborated with many amazing organizers and volunteers which saved our state from increased food, gas, and some service taxes. This historic accomplishment is due to the combined efforts of hundreds of concerned Utahns across the state! I will promote and protect liberty with conservative guided principles such as limited government and responsible growth. The main theme that was heard from fellow Utahns during the tax referendum, was that they felt that their voice was not being heard by the legislature. I was a voice for you during the referendum and I will continue to be a citizen’s voice on Capitol Hill for transparent taxation and spending accountability. Marci Green Campbell’s #1 goal is to listen to the voice of the people!