ScrambleWatch Q&A: Republican Sharon Collins on Taxes

Republican Sharon Collins is one of four candidates in the Legislative District 30 House of Representatives GOP primary. We asked her a few questions about taxes.

Do you support the repeal of the state property tax?

Yes. I’m a Republican. I don’t believe we have taxed ourselves into prosperity yet, so yes.

Since it will cost the state $250 million what should the state cut to make up for lost revenue?

Well, we could take out the School Facility Board. That’s the board we build our public schools with but we used to do local bonding, which works very well and I think we need to do that.

Do you support borrowing for school construction?

Yes. I like bonding for school construction, local bonding. And believe me, it’s not that easy. The whole economics of education, how to figure it out, because $7 billion is mandated already with the budget so it’s very hard to have any extra money.

Would you support the TIME initiative, which would increase the sales tax by a penny for a dollar for highway, rail and local transportation?

After looking over the T.I.M.E. initiative I have decided not to support it. There are too many variables that have little to do with transportation.

I also think it seeks to provide monies for too many ideas and the money will go to a large money pit and only special interest specific ideas will be funded.

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