State representative candidates discuss priorities |

State representative candidates discuss priorities

Plylar to push for repeal of state income tax

Paul Shockley

Michael Plylar probably won’t raise your taxes if elected to represent House District 57.

“I would never support a tax increase in any form, for any reason,” Plylar wrote in an email in response to a question on his position on a referendum proposing a mill levy hike for the Colorado River Water Conservation District.

Furthermore, if given one law to pass or repeal, the Kremmling resident said he would roll back the state income tax.

“It would provide a much-needed boost to the economy, help more families to live on a single income, and force government officials to make hard choices between what is the role of state government, and what is pork,” Plylar wrote.

Attempts to interview the Libertarian candidate for the district seat were unsuccessful. Plylar did respond to a questionnaire via email.

Among his top priorities, Plylar cited economic development in the district.

“Permanent, well-paying jobs through permanent tax reductions, less regulation, the promotion of our numerous assets,” he wrote.

Plylar said he would push for more local control of all natural resources.

“Instead of bowing to pressures from special interests groups and government bureaucracies, which have created more problems than they solve, I would consider the needs of District 57 first and foremost,” wrote Plylar.

Colorado’s budget should face even more scrutiny, given strapped finances.

“All state agencies and bureaucracies should be reviewed for the constitutionality, relevancy, and effectiveness and any not meeting this very narrow criteria should be ended immediately,” he wrote.

Plylar supports the use of toll roads to fund road construction in Colorado, “especially along the Front Range.”

Mill levy hikes for increased water storage are not the answer to the state’s mounting water issues, he argued.

“Lack of money is not the problem, but the absence of the political will to address tough issues is,” Plylar wrote. “More storage, which inevitably leads to more growth in urban areas across the west, will not solve our water problems.”

A blue-ribbon panel of citizens, without political or financial interests in water policy, could only assure reasoned policy, he wrote.

Plylar believes the prolonged national debate on abortion is essentially a distraction.

And only under the most heinous criminal circumstances should people be put to death, Plylar wrote.

“That an innocent person could be put to death, by the government, should be an impossibility or we should consider abolishing the death penalty.”

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at

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