Throne, the former minority leader in the state House, said she was the only candidate being honest with voters about the situation the state finds itself in fiscally. She said reports show the state’s current tax structure is unsustainable and too many important programs like education face cuts. That was why she wanted to look at ways to change the tax system in the future.
“I didn’t get into this race to tell people what they want to hear. I got into this race to tell people what they need to know. And the simple fact of the matter is our future is bleak if we don’t tackle the tax issue,” Throne said. “I have said throughout this campaign that I would not advocate for a state income tax. I think the problem is we get hung up on finding that one magic solution. The truth of the matter is if we do not broaden our economy at the same time we diversify it, we won’t solve our fiscal crisis.”