Nebo School Board, District 3, Shauna Warnick

— 1. What did you do to help with the Utah 2019 Tax Referendum? —

I sought out and signed the petition.

— 2. What is your position of taxes on food and gasoline? —

I am against taxes on groceries.  Families need to eat, and taxes on food for lower income families, where every dollar must be accounted for, affects them the most.  While a reimbursement for low income families sounds like a good idea, a lump sum, even divided in half or prepaid, is not how those kind of budgets work.  I grew up in a very low income family.  Things were always tight, and if a lump sum came in, it was used to pay for something we hadn’t been able to afford before.  This would be for things like a skirt for a choir class, or running shoes for the track team.  We would have been grateful for the check, but it wouldn’t have been used for food.

As for gasoline, it would be nice if the taxes on gas could pay for transportation projects, such as roads.  But I also believe the taxes should be modest, so lower income families that need to drive for school and work can afford it.

— 3. What if any taxes would you implement on services and why? —

I am against over-taxing,  over-burdening, and over-regulating small businesses.  When I attended an informational meeting about the 2019 Tax reform bill, the legislator spoke about taxing large service industries that directly relate to tourism, which I thought sounded like an intriguing idea.  But I think modestly taxing the larger service industries sounds like a better idea than small businesses.

— 4. Many Utahns felt that after the town halls and committee meetings that the legislative tax task force held throughout 2019 that their concerns were not heard and that special interests wielded too much influence. On the other hand, many legislators felt that the people didn’t understand the issue or the solutions that they put forth. If elected, how would you respond to the concerns and issues that your constituents bring to you and how would you educate them on the issues you are dealing with? —

One of my priorities as an elected official is to keep my constituents in the loop about the happenings in Nebo school district, and decisions facing the school board.  I plan to send out an update on school board issues to my constituents monthly, by email and social media, as well as point constituents to the excellent information that is posted on our district website and social media.  In these updates, I plan to invite input, so I can better understand all around the issues we are handling.

— 5. Are you willing to vote against bills that legislative leadership wants you to support even when threatened with losing coveted committee positions, having your legislation held hostage, etc? Explain —

Yes, I am willing to stand up and vote my conscience.  I believe in diligent investigation and respectful honest thorough conversations about the issues before votes are taken.

— 6. Are you in favor of the Utah School Income Tax Constitutional Amendment that will be voted on in November? Why or not? —

I am in favor of the Utah School Income Tax Constitutional Amendment.  This will make the handling of our income taxes more transparent.  According to conversations with my state senator, there has been liberal of manipulation of the education budget for many years to fund other sources that needed funding, but were not under the education guidelines.  This bill looks like it seeks to be transparent about spending without manipulation and also protect the education of our students.  I support that there are stipulations such as minimum annual funding and establishing a stabilization fund to protect school budgets against economic downturns.  Also, the items that will be added to the  income tax fund make sense with the spirit of supporting Utah’s children.

— 7. Name one reason you are the best candidate for the position you signed for. —

I am an advocate that doesn’t shy away from hard conversations, and care enough about each student to be an accessible listener and conversation facilitator. I feel a keen responsibility as a careful steward of public funds to get the biggest bang for our buck. I have the time, experience, and bandwidth to invest in the children of Nebo School district.

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