ScrambleWatch Q&A: Republican Sharon Collins on the Environment

Sharon Collins is one of four Republican candidates running for a seat in Legislative District 30 House of Representatives. We asked her some questions on environmental policy.

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

I don’t support it because it takes away the funding for the schools-that was set aside for education.

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

We should have standards but they shouldn’t go over the federal standards like they did in California.

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

I’d say no. I don’t like taxes in general but money is to be used for things we can’t do for ourselves and transportation is one of those things.

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

I would have to look at that. My husband is in construction and he’s working on the Rio Nuevo project downtown. They are trying to be very energy efficient but the problem is that it’s too expensive.

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

I think that’s OK.

Should the state enact environmental rules that are more strict then federal regulations?

No.

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