ScrambleWatch Q&A: Democrat Andrea Dalessandro on Taxes

Democrat Andrea Dalessandro is facing Republicans Frank Anternori and David Gowan in the race for two seats in Legislative District 30 in the House of Representatives. We asked her some questions about taxes.

Do you support the repeal of the state property tax?

No, I think it would be fiscally irresponsible to do it in a time when we are in such a budget shortfall.

Do you support borrowing for school construction?

Yes, to prepare for this race I’ve held focus groups with Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Every single person that attended my focus group was for financing public schools – long term financing for long term assets. I mean cash is better, but if you don’t have it….Where I live in Sahuarita we were scheduled to have our second high school built, and it’s not. We may have to go to double session or year-round. It’s going to be a real nightmare. Vail also was on schedule to get a school and they are not getting one. Borrowing really makes sense, especially when the interest rate is low.

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

One thing is that the state is so heavily dependent on the sales tax that it concerns me. What happens in an economic downturn like the one we are in right now, we have more people that need the services of the state, whether it’s unemployment, job services or health care, and that’s just when the revenues are the lowest. We need to have a steady cash flow stream to support universities. It can’t be left to the whims of the typical nature of it. I’d like to do a whole reform on the tax structure of the state. I was a CPA and I have my MBA, and that’s something that I think the state needs to look at in the coming years.

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