Scramblewatch Q&A: Republican Marilyn Zerull on the Environment

<!–[if gte vml 1]> <![endif]–><!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–>Marilyn Zerull is one of three Republicans competing in the Legislative District 26 House of Representatives GOP primary. We asked for her thoughts on environmental policy.

Do you support allowing some state trust land to be set aside for conservation without payment to the trust?

I honestly don’t have an opinion on that. I don’t know enough about that particular issue.

Should the state set fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks sold in Arizona?

Yes, I think we should be able to set our own standards because our environment issues are different from other states. I want to make sure the cars on the road are not being improperly maintained and polluting the air.

Should the state increase gasoline taxes to pay for more highway construction?

Yes, I believe the people who use the roads should pay for it. I don’t believe in increasing the sales tax–it’s wrong to make everyone pay for something they don’t all use. I also believe there is nothing wrong with toll roads as a way to help pay for costs.

Should the state require new schools to incorporate renewable energy features such as solar panels if it will increase construction costs?

I don’t believe in mandates. I believe there should be incentives to do that.

Should the state continue to provide tax credits for solar installation?

Yes, for private use and business use-that would be an incentive.

Should the state enact environmental rules that are stricter than current federal regulations?

I don’t know whether they need to be stricter but they do need to be taylor-made to our state. We have a unique situation here because of our terrain. The rules need to meet our needs.

 

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