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Michigan Representative District 33

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  • Yani Warda
    (Dem)

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    Jeff Yaroch
    (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?

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City of residence Richmond
Age 45
Family Sara Yaroch, Spouse Reagan, 2 year old daughter Madison, 10 month old daughter
Education Juris Doctorate, and Licensed Attorney Bachelors of Business Administration in Human Resources Management AAS in Fire Science Harvard University, JFK School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program
Vehicles owned Chevy HHR Chevy Traverse
Political Experience Richmond City Council, 16 years Republican Precinct Delegate, 2 years
Race/ethnicity Caucasion
Campaign Website http://www.WeTrustYaroch.com
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I believe the state, school districts, and municipalities have a duty to be fiscally responsible when they negotiate retiree benefits. We should remember that teacher retirements are set by the state and retiree healthcare is negotiated by the school district. With that being said, I feel whichever public body negotiated the benefit should be responsible to fulfill its obligation.
There is much debate as to whether our State government is following the Michigan Constitution regarding Revenue Sharing. I support the state meeting its obligation to provide revenue sharing, and I am against the unfunded mandates and quasi-unfunded mandates that were supposed to be prohibited by the Headlee Amendment. I served on SEMCOG’s local government taskforce, and I believe there are many options for proper funding that should be considered.
I have always felt as a local elected official that our state government has not treated us as partners in service to the citizens and our suggestions for improving local government operations have often fallen on deaf ears. The state should rein in its unfunded mandates and allow local government to be more efficient. I believe the Flint Water Crisis and DPS being under emergency management are clear examples that the Emergency Manager Law is not always the answer.
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The Flint Water Crisis was a total failure of local, state, and the federal government to fulfill one of their most basic obligations. I think we learned in kindergarten that if you break it, you must fix it. The State has a duty to correct its mistake and all who are responsible must be held accountable for their failures; otherwise, we are doomed to repeat the mistake.
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I am personally disappointed in our Federal Government which has a pattern of overreaching, but then denies responsibility when it fails to meet its obligations. Unfortunately, state government has no control over the Federal Government, so it is up to each of us to support federal candidates that will be accountable to the people and hold the federal government accountable for its actions.
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Overall, I support collecting less tax and keeping more money in the hands of taxpayers and businesses. I believe the overarching theme of state budgeting is taking from Peter to pay Paul. For example, the sales tax on gas does not go to roads but to the general fund. I think citizens would feel the tax system would be fairer if where the funds were taken from matched what they were actually spent on. I want to tie the source of revenue to the expense.
I support all of our children receiving a great education. I do this by considering all options for that solution. In the case of establishing a Detroit Educational Commission, I am concerned that creating another level of bureaucracy may not be the solution.
I believe in an equal playing field, and charter schools should meet the same criteria as public schools.
I am tired of politicians making this a wedge issue to further their own election possibilities. I believe thoughtful leaders can work to protect our religious freedom while preventing discrimination.
I support the protection of our freedom of religion found in the the 1st Amendment. As to whether I would support a state level Restoration of Religious Freedom Act, I would say the devil is in the details. It would depend on the specific provisions of the bill.
I am endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan PAC. I have signed a taxpayers pledge to not raise taxes.In Richmond I worked with Council to lower the city’s tax rate 27.6%, so I have already proven that I will take action to reduce taxes and not just talk about it.
It is a noble goal to minimize political influence in drawing district lines, but I question how that realistically would occur.
I believe as was the case with medical marijuana, the issue of recreational use should be a vote of the people. However, as the Federal government still treats marijuana as an illegal substance, any action the state takes to legalize it would be ineffectual.
I believe government has stopped working for the people. Therefore, the focus of my campaign for State Representative is to get government working for the people again. I will not be at other candidates' events as I will be spending time in my district listening to the concerns people have so I can support them.
I am presently researching this issue and talking to stakeholders before I take a position on this issue.
It is unfortunate for society that we incarcerate so many people. I question whether our corrections systems can better rehabilitate prisoners and prevent recidivism.

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