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Michigan Representative District 18

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    Kevin Hertel
    (Dem)

  • Renata Polonaise
    (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 St. Clair Shores
Age 31
Family Wife: Ann Hertel
Education Attended Michigan State University
Vehicles owned 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Professional Experience Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan 2004 - current
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The state should return revenue sharing that has been cut in recent years to municipalities and restore funding to the school aid fund for our school districts. We cannot continue to blame retirees when the state is not honoring its obligations to our municipalities and school districts.
No, our cities are struggling to provide vital services, in part, because the legislature has significantly cut revenue sharing that should be returned to our communities. The cuts to revenue sharing are negatively impacting the safety of Michigan residents as many communities have had to cut EMS, police and fire services.
The current emergency manager law should be repealed, as it was by a vote of the people, via referendum in 2012. The state should provide tools for communities in financial trouble. Every situation is different and there is not a one size fits all approach. The aftermath of emergency managers in Flint and the Detroit Public Schools is proof that a state takeover does not work and is dangerous to residents.
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The Flint water crisis should have never occurred. It is a perfect example of how governing by only the balance sheet does not account for how a decision impacts real people’s lives. The state should have notified residents of Flint the minute there were any questions about the quality of the water. Government’s number one job is the health and safety of the citizens it serves. However, the state has continually dragged its feet and still has not provided a real solution for the residents of Flint who continue to struggle.
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It was a state appointed emergency financial manager that ultimately made the decision that lead to the Flint water crisis; therefore the state holds most of the responsibility. However all levels of government, federal, state and local have an obligation to correct the issues in Flint and ensure it never happens again.
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Michigan’s tax structure is not fair for working families. Our governor and republican lead legislature has given away tax breaks to large corporations while middle class and lower income families are paying more. Some of the wealthiest corporations are now paying zero or negative taxes while they make record profits. We must create a fair system that requires corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share.
Yes, in order for the Detroit Public Schools System to succeed there must be a mechanism to create stability across the school district. This mechanism does not currently exist today. The opening, closing and location of schools needs to be decided based on the needs of the community.
Under current law almost anyone can authorize and open a charter school in Michigan. While charter schools can fill needs in some communities, the state must increase the oversight of them. No one should make a profit off of educating our children and for-profit charter schools should be outlawed.
Yes, I believe we should be a diverse and inclusive state and that discrimination at any level is wrong. This is not only the right thing to do but it makes economic sense. We have seen a steady decrease of college graduates staying in Michigan in recent years. Young people want to live and raise a family in an inclusive state they are proud of.
No, Religious freedom is already protected by the constitution and there is no need to pass state laws to this effect.
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Yes, I believe we should take the politics out of drawing lines for legislative districts. I support the creation of a non-partisan board to draw legislative districts.
Yes, we incarcerate too many individuals because of marijuana. We need to spend our resources focusing on real criminals.
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Yes, Michigan should be a leader in renewable energy.
Yes, we spend more money on our prisons than we do on higher education in Michigan. We need to provide more resources to help those with addiction or mental illness rather than locking people away with little hope of rehabilitation.
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