Jeff Burningham on Tax Reform



Reduce waste, unnecessary spending for meaningful tax cut

I think more flexibility is a good thing so that we can be smart about spending and make sure we get things right and not rush into tax reform that may hurt people. Most importantly, we need to look at spending. Our state budget has grown nearly 50% since 2015! As governor, I'll reduce waste and unnecessary spending so we can give a meaningful tax cut to Utah families who are the industrious ones who have generated the surplus we are now enjoying in the first place.
Source: UtahPolicy.com on 2020 Utah gubernatorial race , Mar 18, 2020

Before we modernize tax code, we need to review spending

The people of Utah have ensured we don't have a revenue problem in this state, but we do have a spending problem. Discretionary spending has grown by more than 30% over the past five years. How many Utahns have seen a 30% increase in their income? As governor, I'll do a top-to-bottom review of government and eliminate waste. Before we modernize the tax code, we need to modernize our spending.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune on 2020 Utah gubernatorial race , Jan 29, 2020

Cut waste before imposing new taxes

We absolutely do not have a revenue problem in Utah. Here's a simple but game-changing idea: before imposing new taxes on the people of Utah, let's do a top-to-bottom review of government and cut waste. Then we'll know how much revenue we actually need. State government spending does not need to grow at the same rate as our economy. We can find ways to be more efficient with tax dollars. Low taxes encourage businesses to grow and allow Utahns to keep more of their hard-earned money.
Source: 2020 Utah gubernatorial campaign website JeffBurningham.com , Jan 6, 2020

Focus on taxpayer impact, not government revenue

I believe the first question should never be, "How does tax policy impact government revenue?" Instead, the first question should be, "How does tax policy impact the people of Utah?" We should not raise taxes, especially when 1) we're experiencing large budget surpluses, and 2) government spending has grown 30% in the past five years.
Source: Deseret News on 2020 Utah gubernatorial race , Nov 9, 2019

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UT Senatorial:
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Jonathan Swinton
Mike Lee
Misty Snow
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Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
Murphy(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R)
Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D) vs.Chase(R) vs.Fairfax(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary) vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
Edwards(D) vs.Rispone(R) vs.Abraham(R) vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
Bryant(R,retiring) vs.Foster(R) vs.Hood(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: Carney(incumbent) vs.Williams(D) vs.Murray(R) vs.Bonini(C)
IN: Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D) vs.Myers(D)
MO: Parson(incumbent) vs.Galloway(D) vs.Neely(R)
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D) vs.Cooney(D) vs.Williams(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R) vs.Grange(R) vs.Pisano(C)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) vs.Coachman(R) vs.Lenz(D)
NH: Sununu(incumbent) vs.Volinsky(D) vs. fsFeltes(D)
PR: Rossello(D) vs.Garced(D) vs.Pierluisi(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Huntsman(R) vs.Cox(R) vs.Burningham(R) vs.Newton(D) vs.Hughes(R) vs.Peterson(D)
VT: Scott(incumbent) vs.Holcombe(D) vs.Zuckerman(D)
WA: Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R) vs.Culp(R)
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D) vs.Salango(D)
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