Democrat Daniel Patterson is running for House of Representatives in LD29. We asked him some questions on tax policy.
Do you support the repeal of the state property tax?
I support doing what was already agreed. When that property tax cut was put in place, the state had a lot more money. But there was an agreement to let it sunset and that revenue is needed. I’m a homeowner, I have to pay that property tax just like everyone else does. We neeed that money especially for education, it’s critical. I support sticking with the agreement that was made when that tax cut went into place. At some point in the futrure, if economic conditions make it possible, we can look at it again but I think with the budget crisis facing the state right now, it would be basically irresponsible to go back on the agreement that was made.
Do you support borrowing for school construction?
Yes I do. When needed especially. It would be nice to be able to pay cash up front for everything but that’s just not the economic reality that we’re dealing with right now. I think bonding for school projects just makes sence, especially in this economic climate.
Any other quick thoughts on tax or budget reform you’d like to share?
Well I think on education, it’s clear that I’m the strongest candidate, that’s why I got the endorsement of the teachers and the schools of the Arizona Education Association. I understand education closely and I care deaply about it with my daughter in public schools here in Tucson in TUSD.
On general economic issues I think its pretty clear I’m very much in touch with the voters in District 29. My wife and I don’t make a lot of money. I understand how it is and how difficult It can be to just pay your bills every month. We’ve got big problems right now. To me, the economy is the big issue in this election. I balance a budget at home I’ll be able to help balance a budget in the state House.