UCA Candidate Survey Response 2016: Mike Winder, Candidate for House District 30

 

 

Mike Winder

Candidate for House District 30

Mike@mikewinder.com

Mikewinder.com

8016331300

West Valley City

Salt Lake County

Republican 

 

UCA Candidate Survey

 

Should government be involved in funding the arts and humanities?

 

 Yes

 

Please explain your answer (one or two sentences is sufficient):

 

I happen to agree with John F. Kennedy, who said, "The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of the nation, is very close to the center of a nation's purpose- and is a test of the quality of a nation's civilization."

 

If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on public K-12 arts & humanities education, what would you choose to do?

 

Increase Spending

 

If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on after school K-12 arts & humanities education program, what would you choose to do?

 

Increase Spending

 

Do you believe that during-the-day arts and humanities education should be a part of K-12 curriculum?

 

Yes

 

If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on cultural programs, what would you choose to do?

 

Increase Spending

 

 

Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?

 

Yes

 

Do you support Utah's Percent-for-Art Act, which designates 1% of public building costs for public art? 

 

Yes

 

 

Do you support the designation of Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty as the State Work of Art? 

 

Yes

 

 

If your office could impact legislation, would you support a bill that exempts cultural non-profits from property tax?

 

 Yes

 

 

Please explain your answer to (one or two sentences is sufficient):

 

I'm shocked that we charge property tax on cultural non-profits.

 

Would you support a minor increase to bed or tourism taxes to fund more cultural districts in your community?

 

Yes

 

Please explain your answer (one or two sentences is sufficient):

 

Yes, but as a former mayor I would advocate for local control on how those dollars are spent.

 

Last year the state legislature passed a bill (HB223 Local Historic District Amendments) restricting the creation of historical districts. What are your thoughts about historic preservation? (One or two sentences is sufficient).

 

As a former eight-year member of the State Board of History, founder of the West Valley City Historical Society, a graduate in history, with 12 published books, largely historical, I greatly value historic preservation and would not support restricting them.

 

Have you had a personal experience with arts, culture, or humanities that has had an impact on your life? Please explain (one or two sentences is sufficient).

 

I am a proud member of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums Advisory Board and have had numerous experiences personally and with my family that have enriched our lives.

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