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Shawnna Bolick Candidate Questionnaire Responses

June 25, 2014

1) Do you support limiting increases in state spending to no faster than the projected rate of increase of Arizona’s economy?

Yes, absolutely.

2) Do you support “Truth in Spending” legislation that would require the Governor and Legislature to notify the public via news release whenever they propose a state budget that would increase state spending faster than the projected rate of increase of Arizona’s economy, as projected by the Economic Estimates Commission?

Yes, absolutely. I would even be willing to sponsor or co-sponsor such legislation.

3) The structure of a state’s tax system has a significant impact on its ability to increase the economic prosperity of its residents. Do you support eliminating or phasing out Arizona’s personal and corporate income taxes?

Yes, I support eliminating or phasing out Arizona’s personal and corporate income taxes.

4) If you do support phasing out Arizona’s personal and corporate income taxes, how
quickly do you believe that can be done?

I believe it can be done within 8-10 years once we know how the revenue stream will be replaced. But with anything significant we need to tinker with more than the tax code in order to ensure we have true reform. One of the first places we
need to look is the school finance funding formula. Again, I am interested in working on this issue and bringing it in the 21st century.

5) Do you support using any additional state revenue obtained due to the Marketplace
Fairness Act to reduce the burden to hardworking Arizonans of harmful taxes such as the state income tax?

Yes, I think that would be a good use of revenue to reduce the state income tax.

6) Will you support expanding the eligibility for Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship
Accounts?

Yes, I am a strong advocate for Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts. I am
interested in sponsoring or co-sponsoring additional expansion efforts.

7) Do you support forbidding school districts or charter schools from using students” personal information for political purposes — such as passing bond overrides?

Yes, I support forbidding school districts or charter schools from using students’ personal information for political purposes. I’d go even a step further by cutting off access to students’ personal information and data collection efforts the federal government wants due to the federal’s common core standards.

8) Do you support allowing S corporations and other businesses to make tax credit contributions to student tuition organizations (STOs) that provide scholarships to help children get into independent schools?

Yes, I support allowing S-corporations and other businesses to make tax credit contributions to STOs. In a truly free market individuals and corporations should have the ability to redirect their tax liability to fund programs in which they support and benefit our state.

9) Do you support allowing local school district boards and charter school governing boards to opt-out of the Common Core standards and to establish a process for them to adopt their own standards?

Yes, absolutely. Last May our charter school operators asked us if it would be possible and I believe that was how last session’s failed legislation came to be.

10) Do you support preventing public sector labor unions (or “associations”) from using their members’ dues for political activity without allowing members to annually “opt-in” to automatic paycheck deductions?

Yes, I support paycheck protection and again, I would be interested in sponsoring legislation along these lines.

11) Would you support legislation to stop “pension spiking” by limiting the annual compensation used to determine the benefits received by government workers?

Yes, I would sponsor or co-sponsor legislation to eliminate the ability to spike pensions by government employees.

12) To keep state and local governments from being bankrupted by unfunded defined-benefit pension schemes, would you support transitioning all future government employees to defined-contribution pension systems, such as 401Ks or IRAs?

Yes, I am a true supporter of moving from a defined benefit to a defined contribution system for all future government employees.

13) Would you support legislation allowing Arizona consumers to purchase insurance plans offered in other states?

Yes, as someone whose insurance was cancelled in September 2013 each Arizonan should have the ability to purchase insurance plans across state lines.

14) Would you support legislation requiring the director of Arizona’s Medicaid program to request annual waivers from the federal government to limit abuses of the system — including the introduction of reasonable co-pays and a limit on the amount of total time an able-bodied adult can stay in the system?

Yes, I support legislation requiring the director of Arizona’s Medicaid program to request annual waivers from the federal government to limit abuses of the systems. I think co-pays are one step in the right direction of limiting abuse of this vulnerable system.

15) Would you support providing Arizonans who elect not to sign up for health coverage under the ObamaCare exchange with an income tax deduction to help pay the penalty?

Yes, absolutely this is a great idea and I’ve never heard of it until reading this survey.

16) Would you support legislation reducing government regulation of transportation network companies (e.g., ridesharing companies) and permitting them to compete more freely with traditional forms of transportation (such as taxi companies)?

Yes. I think the more competition the better for consumers.

17) Do you support legislation to help Arizona small businesses by prohibiting taxing districts from levying a tax on the full cash value of the first $2.4 million of assessed cash valued of personal property and used for agricultural, trade or business purposes?

Yes, I am an advocate for small business owners. I have spoken with several in my legislative district who would love to expand their operations but are getting hit with capital gains. I generally support anything reducing regulation and tax burden on small businesses.

18) Do you support permitting individuals who are privately certified for a certain occupation to legally engage in their field of choice without having to obtain additional government certifications or licenses?

Yes, I support permitting individuals who are privately certified for a certain occupation to legally engage in their field without having to obtain further additional government certifications or licenses.

19) Do you support removing capital gains taxes on gold and silver and treating such assets as money instead of as investments?

Yes.

20) Would you support resolutions and other measures designed to end federal ownership and management of Arizona’s public lands (other than national parks), and turn over most of those lands to private ownership and stewardship?

Yes, our federal lands would be better managed locally and/or privately.

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