ScrambleWatch Q&A: Democrat Ephraim Cruz on Taxes

Democrat Ephraim Cruz is one of seven candidates running for two seats in the Legislative District 29 House of Representatives Democratic primary that voters will decide on Sept. 2. We asked him some questions about tax policy.

Do you support the repeal of the state property tax?

No, I do not. We cannot keep gutting the tax revenue at every turn, as the Republican-led legislature has been doing for too long. It’s affecting services again in the most vulnerable district, District 29.

Do you support borrowing for school construction?

In light of the actions of, again, the GOP-led legislature for the last few years, we face a position where we have to exercise that avenue. In that regard, I support the governor’s signing of this bill to fund it in that manner.

Would you vote for the TIME initiative, which increases the sales tax by a penny per dollar to fund highway, rail and local transportation projects?

Yes, I support it. That goes toward the speed rail that I’d like to see us realize in the state. I’d much rather see a greater percentage of that tax revenue going toward public transportation and less of it going toward highways, but yes.

Any other quick thoughts on tax or budget reform you’d like to share?

Just to recap with taxation, we need reform. The state has enjoyed a decrease of taxes and an increase in salaries from 1990 until now. We need to raise income taxes and corporation taxes so that we have the revenues to fund these services–the basic human necessities, education, public transportation and health care that we need, especially in my district.

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