Salt Lake County Council, District 2 Mary Burkett

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

Signed referendum.

So busy campaigning I couldn’t do more.

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

No food tax.

Minimal gas tax.

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

No new taxes. Reform taxes to eliminate food taxes.

— 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’d keep my mouth shut and listen. I’d also call constituents to explain the situation and get their input. It’s a good idea to let them help write the bill.

The real problem with most state legislators is that they think they are smarter than everyone else. At last, that’s how they come across.

— 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’m assuming that will happen. I look forward to working with Thomas Massie on a veteran’s committee.

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

No. We need to petition and sue, if necessary, to gain access to SITLA lands that are surrounded by federal land. We can generate income from those tracks of land.

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

I embrace the constitution and want to return to it.

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