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Michigan Representative District 49

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    Jeremy A. Baker
    (Rep)

  • Phil Phelps
    (Dem)

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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 Mount Morris
Age 27
Family Katie Baker - Wife Wayne Baker Sr. -Father Wayne Baker Jr. - Brother Tammy Burgess-Baker - Mother Christina Baker - Sister Bryan Baker - Brother Nathaniel Sullivan - Brother Jamie Sullivan - Sister-in-law Syvannah Sullivan - sister Daniel Johnston - Father-in- law
Education BS - Biology
Vehicles owned 1995 GMC Sierra
Professional Experience 8 Years total retail management 1 year chemistry lab assistant 1 summer security guard
Political Experience None
Race/ethnicity White
Incumbent? false
There should be no more pensions issued but instead retirements funds should go into a private fund such as a 401k. Once the municipality or school district is solvent again, they should be allowed to revisit the idea of returning to a pension system. As far as state assistance goes, the state may help to make the initial deposit towards the 401k based on the number of years towards the pension.
I feel it is adequate based on my experiences, but I am not a politician. This is all new to me. I am certainly willing to listen to arguments from either side. As a scientist, any arguments grounded in logic, reason, or science will be used to determine expansion or reduction of funds used for safety and service delivery.
When cities are struggling, the appropriate way for the state to intervene is by rewarding the proper cuts. The first cuts that should be made, I feel, are the salaries of the administrators that cause the city to struggle. Other unnecessary expenses that are cut should also be rewarded with additional appropriations made to that city in the form of a bailout. I also feel that a city that has a history of struggling should have to go some kind of state sponsored financial training, similar to what people go through with bankruptcy.
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It took almost two years of of complaints before anyone started to pay attention. I feel that this is because elected leaders are detached from there constituents. When the complaints started coming in no one wanted to listen, believe, or look into it. First and foremost, to improve the states response, we need to believe our constituents. I feel that this has become a problem at all levels of government; this detachment from the constituents.
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As mentioned before, leaders did not listen, believe, or investigate the claims made by constituents. Because of this, it took two years for a response. Once the problem was brought into the public eye, leaders refused to provide aid to the city. The purpose of a disaster relief fund is to aid areas afflicted by a disaster. Instead of using these funds to help Flint, they argued a large number of 'what-ifs' and why Flint lives didn't matter. The sad truth is that our leaders are to disconnected from the every day person. It is time to for the regular person to take over. They are living through the situations that are afflicting citizens all over the country.
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Yes. I was hospitalized December 2014 and January 2014. I had angioplasty March 2014. With all of the medical bills that piled up, as well as other debt from credit cards, utilities, etc, and changing jobs for health purposes, I ended up filing bankruptcy February 2015.
I believe that anyone making less than a particular threshold should not pay any income tax at all. Everyone above that threshold pays a flat percentage.
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I feel that if charter schools are going to receive public funding they should be required to follow all the same standards of public schools. If they choose not to then they should not receive public funding.
Discrimination by a government entity is unacceptable in every form. In the case of private businesses, if they choose to not do business with a particular individual, the only person really being hurt is that company. That is a decision that they should be free to make on their own. With the world we live in today, The only exception to this rule is in the case of a monopoly. If the private business has a monopoly on that business, than they are also hurting consumers, which is unacceptable. This is my stance on discrimination. Personal freedoms above all else.
Yes. I believe in personal freedoms and the government shouldn't limit those freedoms for any businesses other than the government itself and monopolies. There is a strong encroachment in personal freedoms.
I pledged to protect our second amendment rights in its entirety. First and foremost, I am a scientist. And not a single argument has been stated to me that is grounded in logic, reason, or science. The gun laws proposed are based on fear and emotion which have no place in the rule of law.
Yes I do. I feel that this is a necessary step to eliminating career politicians and political families. We need more people like you and me elected to office who truly know what it is like to be a citizen of this great nation.
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We do incarcerate too many people. I feel that we need shorter sentences for non-violent offenders. Contracts with private prison systems should all be voided, as promising a specific number of incarceration unfairly tips the scales of justice.
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