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Michigan Representative District 5

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    Fred Durhal III
    (Dem)

  • Dorothy Patterson
    (Rep)

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How should the state assist other municipalities and school districts whose solvency is threatened by its financial obligations to current and future retirees?

Is the way the state funds our cities adequate to ensure safety and service delivery? If not, what changes would you support to our municipal finance model?

When cities are struggling, what is the appropriate way for the state to intervene? Should state intervention – through the emergency manager law or some other avenue – come with dollars attached? Why or why not?

How would you rate the state’s response to the Flint water crisis?

Explain your answer and what you would do, if anything, to improve the state’s response.

How would you rate the federal government’s response to the Flint water crisis?

Explain your answer and what you would do, if anything, to improve the federal government’s response.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor? If so, explain.

Have you ever filed for personal bankruptcy? If so, explain.

Do you believe Michigan’s tax system is generally fair? If not, what changes do you support?

Would you support the establishment of a Detroit Educational Commission that would have authority to site, open and close traditional public and charter schools?

What changes, if any, would you support in the way Michigan authorizes and regulates charter schools?

Do you favor amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity?

Do you support state-level laws modeled on the federal Restoration of Religious Freedom Act?

Have you signed any public pledge to support or oppose any organization’s public policy objectives, such as outlawing abortion or barring any increase in taxes?

Do you support legislation to minimize or eliminate the influence of political parties on drawing lines for legislative districts?

Do you support decriminalization of recreational marijuana?

Do you support and will you appear at campaign events with your party’s presidential nominee?

Do you support the renewal and/or expansion of renewable energy mandates for Michigan energy producers?

Do we incarcerate too many people in Michigan? What would you change in the criminal justice system?

City of residence Detroit
Age 32
Family (Former) Rep. Fred Durhal, Jr.- Father Martha Durhal- Mother
Education Eastern Michigan University- Political Science, Music Education Wayne County Community College- Liberal Arts
Vehicles owned Chevrolet Malibu Buick Lacrosse
Professional Experience -Political Consultant -Sales
Political Experience Current- Assistant Democratic Leader, State Representative District 5 -Schauer for Governor Campaign, Field Organizer -Political Consultant Durhal for Mayor, Campaign Manager -District Office Manager- State Rep. Fred Durhal, Jr. Worked on over 25 Campaigns.
Race/ethnicity African-American
Campaign Website http://durhal4rep.com
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Protecting our worker's pensions are first and foremost. When a person pays into a pension or retirement system, their finances should never be in jeopardy. It is my belief, that the state should set up a fund similar to the "Rainy Day fund", or budget stabilization fund, to ensure that cities, municipalities, or school districts that are in jeopardy, will have access to emergency funds as approved by the legislature. Prior to approval, in collaboration with that entities elected officials, there should be a review and plan to ensure that the pensions and retirement are protected.
No. Statutory Revenue Sharing is instrumental in ensuring a city or municipality's success. As a state, for over a decade, we have not properly funded Statutory Revenue Sharing to our cities or municipalities as was promised. This has led to the decline of our cities being able to provide adequate public safety, and public services. The changes I would support would be an increase in Statutory Revenue Sharing, constitutionally mandated (state), dedicated and guaranteed to a city or municipality based on the needs for public safety per population and crime rates. The increase would also assist and ensure that the basic services of each city or municipality be met and provided.
I do not support Emergency Managers. Emergency Managers have not been successful in totality because it disenfranchises the democracy of a city by stripping its elected officials of their powers. Under current law, Emergency Managers are not required to work in conjunction with the elected officials who are residents of that city, whom are able to identify the needs of that city but to ensure the community's interest are maintained. I do support a full comprehensive State assistance program identifying cities before they reach distress, providing adequate state funding, and developing a recovery plan with local officials ensuring solvency. The State has a responsibility to protect cities.
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Due to an Emergency Manager being appointed by the State in Flint, the crisis was presented because of the choice to switch water systems. The initial response to the crisis was poor because it was known about by the Governor's own admission close to three months before action was taken. Gov. Snyder knew about the crisis in Oct., and it was not until Jan. 5th, that a State of Emergency was declared. Furthermore, it wasn't until Jan. 12th, that the National Guard was mobilized to assist Flint residents in the crisis by distributing clean water. Following this, the Legislature appropriated funding to assist with the crisis, however, this funding is not adequate. Much more funding is needed.
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The federal Govt's response was based off of the actions of the State. The federal response was average because after the State declared an emergency, President Obama issued an emergency declaration for the State of Michigan and sent one time HHS federal aid in the amount of 3.6M, to supplement State and local response efforts. To improve the response, I would implement a long term plan to address the human and infrastructural damage that has occurred. The long term effects of this crisis, will last through generations. Therefore, aid will be needed for lead testing, educational services, nutritional services, and to repair the infrastructure of water systems in homes that were affected.
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I don't believe Michigan's tax system is generally fair. The average taxpayer in Michigan's pays more in taxes based on their income, as opposed to Corporations who receive tax breaks. I would support a Graduated Income Tax system that would ensure everyone pays their fair share, and level the playing field, while not supporting corporate welfare. Also, the elimination of Michigan's Earned Income Tax (EITC) credit has been detrimental to families who use those returns to fix their homes, automobiles, and pay off their debt. I would support full restoration of Michigan's Earned Income tax Credit.
I support local control and right to democracy. If there must be such an entity, then I support accountability for both. I am a proponent of Public School Education and access to those schools. Schools should be opened where there is a need, and closed for chronic failing schools. The proliferation of Charter Schools has been detrimental to the success of DPS, particularly as we speak on the decline of enrollment in DPS. Ten years ago, DPS had over 87,000 students enrolled. Today, the enrollment is under 47,000 students. Although it is important to recognize a parent's choice for a quality education for their child, the same opportunities afforded for Charters should be available to Public.
I would be in support of Charter accountability in the way of a Smart Cap, particularly in areas such as DPS. Authorization of Charter Schools should be regulated and reviewed, and Charter Schools that are chronically failing our students should not be allowed to operate.
I am in full support of amending the Elliott-Larsen Act to prohibit discrimination towards anyone. It is my belief, that all citizens deserve the same rights as everyone else. Discrimination is not acceptable no matter who the individual is. I have co-sponsored legislation to amend this. I have also introduced legislation, HB 4492 of 2015 that would also prohibit wage discrimination based on a person's gender. The idea behind this is to ensure that women in Michigan, receive equal pay for equal work, otherwise known as pay equity.
No. I believe it allows for discrimination based on a person's belief if they are not similar to another individual's religious beliefs.
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Yes. I support the minimization of influence. I believe the redistricting process should be a fair non-partisan process that is based on the Voting Rights Act, population, community input, and fair representation..
Yes, because I support the will of the people. I do however, acknowledge that it needs to be regulated, studied, tested, and an avenue created for our State and cities to generate revenue to help with public safety and advocacy. There has been a National trend of the decriminalization of marijuana. Citizens have voted overwhelmingly to decriminalize marijuana. I support the voice of the majority of our citizens.
Yes. I support Hillary Clinton for President. I have and will appear at campaign events to ensure her election to the Presidency.
Yes. While I support and I am thankful for our Michigan energy producers because of how they drive our economy and provide jobs, I acknowledge a need for renewable resources. I support and fight for clean air and water and believe we need to protect our environment. I am willing to work with our energy producers to find a common and fair ground to produce a clean and healthy environment.
Yes. Currently there are over 45,000 people incarcerated in Michigan. This creates a heavy burden to our budget, as we spend on average $37,500 per/year, per/prisoner. One way I would change the criminal justice system is to be more proactive. We should invest in Education not Incarceration. Education is paramount to prevent the pipeline to prison. If half the amount spent on a prisoner was spent per student we could decrease incarceration. Another way would be to look at criminal justice reforms by revisiting mandatory minimums and truth and sentencing. Finally, recidivism is an issue. We have to provide opportunities for our returning citizens and support "Ban the Box" legislation.
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