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Michigan Representative District 24

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    Dana Camphous-Peterson
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    Steve Marino
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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 Harrison Township
Age 53
Family Husband Bill and Four children Amanda, Tami, Mathew and Jason
Education COTTEY COLLEGE Nevada, Missouri SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY Cape Girardeau, Missouri NORTHWOOD INSTITUTE Midland, Michigan KINGS COLLEGE London, England
Vehicles owned Ford Focus
Professional Experience CARE HOUSE Mount Clemens, Michigan Founder Responsible for initialization of cost-free services for sexually and physically abused children for Macomb County. Achievements included the initiation of services, start-up funding, and the continued procurement of financing for this non-profit corporation. Considerable time is spent on private corporate presentations, one-on-one contacts, and the ground-zero development of a financial support base.
Political Experience MACOMB COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSION, DISTRICT 18 Representing Families of Harrison and Clinton Townships During my term of office I was appointed to serve on the Macomb County Commission in 2005-2006 then was elected and served two terms as well as serving as the vice chair women of the commission. I worked to develop a wide network of contacts in regional and state-level government as well as in the health care, education, automotive and non-profit sectors. I established myself as a no-nonsense, hard-working leader.
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Schools currently pay a portion of the unfunded MPSERS liablitiy with money the state sends them in their foundation grant. If they did not have to pay this money into MPSERS it would level the playing field between public and charter schools. When Republicans privatize services, it exacerbates the retirement funding problems.
The current funding for statutory revenue sharing for cities is inadequate because of the cuts that have been made to that funding since 2001. We should fully fund revenue sharing so that cities will have more money to allocate to police and fire services; quality of life services such as trash removal, recycling and upkeep of local parks; and to fix and maintain local roads.
Our emergency manager law has failed our cities and needs to be reformed. Any intervention in a city needs to preserve democracy and local control in that city. Residents need to always have officials who are accountable and transparent.

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The state is moving slowly in its response to the Flint water crisis. While the state has appropriated money for Flint in the fiscal year 2016-17 budget, that money won't be available until October. State officials should be doing more now to help kids, seniors and families through, for example, wrap-around services in schools and nutrition services.Getting clean drinking water remains a challenge for residents who have to rely on filters, which need to be regularly replaced, and bottled water that they have to pick up at certain locations. We should look at other ways of delivering water to families. We should consider full coverage of water bills while the safety of Flint's tap water is
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The federal response to the Flint Water crisis could have been stronger. Once they knew of the problems, they should have been more forceful with state officials about what they needed to do and when it needed to be done.The EPA could help by prohibiting practices such as pre-flushing which can artificially lower lead levels when samples are being taken. The federal government could also help by providing more funding for repairs and updates to Flint's water delivery system.

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Our tax system favors corporations and the wealthy over average families. We should restore the tax credits and deductions that benefit families, such as the deduction for children 18 or under, the restoration of the state Earned Income Tax Credit to 20 percent of the federal EITC and repealing the retirement tax. We need to prioritize families over corporations when it comes to taxes.

Yes. A Detroit Education Commission would have helped create a sensible school plan for the city. The DEC had the support of Republicans, Democrats, the Mayor, the transformation manager, school officials and community members. Such broad-based support should have meant that the DEC remained a part of the final legislation.
We need a better system for closing charter schools when they are not performing well for students. We need penalties for charter school authorizers who fail to address their charter schools that are substandard and not doing a good job of educating students.
Yes. No one should suffer from discrimination.
No. People should not be able to hide behind religion and discriminate against others.
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Yes. We need a redistricting process that is not controlled by political parties. I support moving to a non-partisan redistricting commission. I support the House Democratic proposal introduced in House Resolution 4800 and House Joint Resolution AA, which so far have not received a committee hearing.
Any change in our law needs to be done only if was can ensure the safety of our residents and our communities. I would first want to study how laws in Colorado and Washington have worked in those states, and determine if any of their laws would be a good fit for Michigan.
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Yes. Renewable energy is an important component allowing us to meet the energy needs of residents and businesses, and create jobs. We should be open to new ways of generating energy that protects our environment while still meeting our energy needs
The best way to keep our communities safe is to work to reduce crime by improving our public schools so that our young people have the opportunity to succeed and find good jobs. We need to support wrap-around services in our schools for high-risk youth. For those that do commit violent crimes, we need to enforce tough sentences that keep them off of our streets.
City of residence Harrison Twp., MI
Age 27
Education Michigan State University: - B.A., Economics - B.A., Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy - B.A., Public Policy and Public Administration
Vehicles owned Jeep/Chrysler/Ford
Professional Experience - Macomb County Commissioner - President, Campaign Finance Strategies (2014-Present) - Government Relations Coordinator, Delta Dental (2012-2014) - Michigan House of Representatives
Political Experience - Macomb County Commissioner (currently) - Harrison Twp. Zoning Board of Appeals - Macomb County Health Department Hearing Board - SEMCOG Executive Committee - Michigan Association of Counties Economic Development & Taxation Committee - National Association of Counties Steering Committee on Finance, Pensions, and Intergovernmental Affairs - Macomb Chamber of Commerce, Public Policy Committee
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As a home rule state, I believe that with the privileges that come along with local control so do additional responsibilities. While Michigan should always monitor the fiscal impact of insolvency on a case-by-case basis for municipalities and school districts, the state must strike a balance between sovereignty and solvency.
For two decades, Lansing has slashed statutory revenue sharing in our communities while increasing unfunded mandates and restrictions on local control. We need to ensure that we increase statutory revenue-sharing so our local communities are able to get ahead. Likewise, PA 51 of 1951 (road funding formula) needs to be revisited to ensure townships and other municipalities can invest in our infrastructure.
I believe that an EFM should always be the last resort. Likewise, I don't believe that EFM's should be accompanied by appropriations. Tax dollars are already being consumed upon entering emergency management. Currently, our financial review teams prior to emergency management are simply reactionary. We must get ahead of these funding issues so we can move forward.
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The State's response should have been immediate and more sensitive to and conscious of the impact on Flint's residents for one of life's most basic necessities.
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The EPA (in conjunction with Flint and DHHS officials) should have been more diligent given the surprising numbers of lead piping throughout the country. Although I do believe this was a complete failure at all levels of government, the EPA should have ensured Michigan was interpreting the Lead&Copper rule correctly.
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While I believe our tax climate has improved with the repeal of the MBT and numerous unnecessary regulatory burdens, I firmly believe that Michigan has incredible potential and now is not a time to be complacent.
Only if there were significant protections on school choice.
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Only if there was little or no fiscal impact on our energy sector, consumer prices, or Michigan's competitiveness.
Yes. Given the incredibly high recidivism rates in SE Michigan as well as the rising costs of Corrections, we must continue focus on substance abuse programs as well additional alternative judicial proceedings such as Macomb County's Veterans Court.

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