ScrambleWatch Q&A: Democrat Matt Heinz on Taxes

Democrat Matt Heinz is running for House of Representatives in LD29. We asked him some questions about tax policy.

Do you support the repeal of the state property tax?

No, I think that we need that $250 million. At this point we can’t really afford to lose any of it. The state depends on these three legs, state income tax, stat sales tax and state property tax. I don’t think we can afford to lose it and we also can’t afford to continue implementing the taxes that were put into effect in 2005-2006.

Do you support borrowing for school construction?

Yes. I think it needs to be approved on an as-needed basis and under very specific circumstances but in a deficit economy, like we have we really need to address advancing public education and that’s one of the ways to do it.

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

In general, I’m pragmatic. I understand that we have a fee for service, we tax people for services. And right now the services we provide as a state like health care is not sufficient, education is not sufficient. And in many of these areas like transportation we’re way behind. We need to catch up. We need to pay attention to these things and we need to spend in a very targeted manner on the issues that are really important.

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