Utah State House of Representatives, District 30 Mike Winder

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

I was one of the key Republican votes in the House that voted AGAINST the tax reform package. By keeping the vote count under 50, it enabled the referendum to go forward. I signed the referendum and encouraged others to, as well.

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

I would like to see a way for the state to do away with all tax on unprepared food. Gasoline and automobile related sales tax should be earmarked as user fees for highway needs only.

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

I do not anticipate proposing or supporting any taxes on services that are not already taxed today.

— 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 spend countless hours listening and responding to constituents on issues important to them. I have an email newsletter that goes to over 5,000 and an official Facebook page with over 6,000 “likes” that I use to educate them on issues I am dealing with.

— 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 have a record in my two terms in the House of listening to my West Valley City constituents and representing them accordingly, regardless of any pressure by leadership.

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

Absolutely! This will enable us to better weather the ups and downs of income tax revenue in the state while building a stabilization fund for handling education needs.

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

I have a strong and proven record of fighting for the people of West Valley City, and would be honored to continue representing them on Utah’s Capitol Hill.

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