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Michigan Representative District 52

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    Eric Borregard
    (Grn)

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    Randy Clark
    (Rep)

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    Donna Lasinski
    (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 Dexter
Age 60
Family Son
Education Madonna University, Bachelors in Broadcasting and Cinema Arts 2015 Oakland Community College, Associates Degree in Applied Science 1985 Harrison High School 1974
Vehicles owned Hyundi Accent, Honda CRV
Professional Experience President of EB Graphics LLC since 2000 President, Vice President and Studio Manager Artech Inc. 1983 to 2000 Sr. Technical Illustrator at Williams International 1981 to 1983
Political Experience Green Party’s candidate for U of M Board of Regents in 2012 and a Washtenaw Community College Board candidate in 2014. Chairman of the Huron Valley Green Party, Vice Chair of Southwest Oakland Cable Commission Promotions Committee
Race/ethnicity White
Incumbent? false
Make-up the short fall, by taxing corporations, raising the gas tax and taxing petroleum products and anything made out of plastic, tax legalized recreational marijuana.
Clearly public safety budgets are being over stated, the war on drugs is in fact a blank check to wage a war on our young people, their parents and a race war on minorities. Local municipal really need to look at being greener, cutting back on courtrooms, the size of police departments, using energy efficient sub-compact vehicles as police cars like in Europe would cut fuel costs. We need to end the sexism in public safety, 51% of police officers should be women, black and other minorities proportional to the community. Yes, there is lots of money to be saved, but the inflated male egos of white government officials are just too big to save any of it.
Michigan should not be voiding out in mass the people’s constitutional right to vote. The reason cities don’t have enough money for infrastructure improvements, is because the people do not have the job opportunities to support the property tax base in those cities. The state should be guaranteeing jobs opportunities to every able body person at their level of ability or provide a grantee of a minimum income that can be taxed. There is no reason other than racism or pure evil for Michigan not do this for all its citizens in a postindustrial pre-environmental apocalyptic era like we are living through now. Many other counties around the world are able to do this for their people now.
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The Center for Public Integrity ranks Michigan’s state government the most corrupt and least transparent in the county. Consequently MDEQ and Michigan Public Health are penniless ineffective state institutions with zero transparency, every state document should be available online. The government need to be better funded to attract more academically gifted & qualified people, not just GOP political hacks. Flint is a tiny part of a larger environmental disaster of poisonings that rob Michigan's children’s of their cognitive potential and IQ, through lead, mercury and Co2. I think the state’s current industrialization agenda should be abandoned in favor of the Green Party’s New Deal economy.
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The federal government’s focus on an economy of endless wars has weakens us nation, senseless blowing 7 trillion dollars over the last 13 years. Meanwhile both Democrats and Republicans have sold the American people out on trade deals, bankrupted the U.S. economy, neglected the schools and higher education, healthcare, the environment, basic infrastructure like roads. mass transit & water treatment to the point of dystopian hell. The Green New Deal economic plan prioritizes funding of all our environmental, health and education challenges and expanding employment. While at same time eliminating the wars and cutting the size our military by 50%, making us and our drinking water safe again.
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Yes, in 2010 in Washtenaw County, like many I washed out after a divorce and real estate debt after the 2008 meltdown.
No, we need to raise gas taxes high enough to save our environment. This would encourage conservation and give us the funds needed for more energy efficient mass transit projects. We also need to tax corporations and the wealthy more, middle and low income people much less.
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I favor closing all charter schools in the state, K-12 tax dollars should only be use for local public schools.
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Generally it depends on which ones I’m not big on ethanol production, but wind, solar and hydro that doesn’t damage wilderness areas, yes.
Yes, so let the majority of them go for starters. Change the sentencing guideline so there is more State accountability and incentives for actual rehabilitation of prisoner and not just for making people worse.
City of residence Salem Township, Washtenaw County
Mailing Address PO Box 75313
Salem, MI 48175
Age 58
Family Mary, Son Zachery, Daughter Alexandra
Education Attended U of M & Eastern Michigan Business Degree
Vehicles owned I drive a GMC pickup
Professional Experience Small business owner for 35 years
Political Experience Current Treasurer of South Lyon School Board
Twitter http://@grclark
Incumbent? false
Provide financial management assistance.
Ultimately our cities need to stand on their own and should not require state financial assistance, but to get to that position the state needs to provide a positive path to success with oversight assistance and if necessary state loans.
1st through voluntary management assistance, if and emergency manger becomes necessary then the state should step in and force changes to accomplish a balanced budget.
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It appears that the crisis was caused by the Flint water department along with poor oversight of the state DEQ. Once the problem was identified I believe the state administration acted appropriately to remedy the situation. Now it appears there is much work that needs to be done yet, but I believe the governor and his staff are working diligently to find the solutions.
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If the federal agencies were aware of the potential problem and did nothing, they should bear as much burden as the state to fix the problem.
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I believe that charter schools should meet the same standards as our public schools, and if they are going to receive per pupil funding then the school should be required to receive special education students and provide the same level of service to those students as public K-12 schools.
I favor any proposal to provide equal and fair treatment to all citizens

I believe a balance needs to be struck between personal rights of religious freedoms as protected by the US and Michigan constitutional law and the interest of the state in legislating secular laws.
No, I would not favor any tax increases except possibly the increase of fuel tax if 100% of the new tax went only to road infrastructure, thus making it more of a user fee.
This is one of the most difficult topics, trying to create a districting method without partisan influence. I would entertain any plan and base my decision on fairness at that time.
I do not have a personal opinion on this topic and would guess at some point the Michigan voters will decide this issue.
At this time I am focused on the campaign for the State House District 52 race, I am not aware of any presidential candidate appearances scheduled for the district. If there are any I will make a decision on my appearance at that time based on my availability and commitments to my district.
I believe that energy suppliers need to have an incentive to invest in research and construction of renewable energy sources. I want to be careful that any mandate does not adversely affect the availability of dependable and affordable energy for Michigan residents and businesses.
I believe we may have an excessive amount of people in the correction system. We could look at sentencing guidelines and alternative forms of punishment and rehabilitation as alternative punishment for non violent offenders.
City of residence Scio Township
Age 47
Family Mike Lasinski - husband Alec, Nate and Jack Lasinski - sons
Education BBA, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan '90 MBA, Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University '95
Vehicles owned 2011 Ford Fusion 2004 Ford Expedition
Professional Experience President, ThinkStretch LLC Senior Associate, Mercer Management Consulting Business Process Reengineering, DTE Energy
Political Experience Treasurer, Ann Arbor Public School Board Early Learning Advisory Council, Granholm Appointee
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
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The financial obligations to current and future school retirees is entirely under the purview of the state. The state determines the type of retirement plan, annual contribution levels and degree of solvency. School districts cannot change the terms of retirement, the funding level or the plans offered to employees/retirees. Financial obligations to retirees should not threaten any school districts solvency when they have no control or influence over the cost of the system.

Our municipal finance model is not meeting the basic needs of our cities, resulting in disinvestment in infrastructure and basic services. Over the last decade, the state has reduced funding to cities by almost 60%. Compared to other states, Michigan currently imposes some of the strongest limitations on generating local revenue. To ensure the safety of our cities with appropriate police and fire protection, as well as adequate service delivery, the state should appropriate the designated dollars for cities and allow cities to generate voter approved revenues.

Many of our cities are struggling with solvency due to state policies imposing costly service obligations, reductions in state revenue sharing, and state limitations on local revenue generation. The appropriate way for the state to intervene is with evidence based legislation that recognizes the inadequacy of the current tangle of legislation forcing our cities into a state of financial desperation.
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We have already seen the pulling back and reductions in promised infrastructure programs and health and human service spending in Flint. As a state, we will be challenged by the Flint crisis for decades. Early intervention to reduce future spending should be a priority.
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We are again seeing the proffering of "advice" on how to manage the Flint water system from the federal government without clear participation and action with local officials. The federal government should participate financially in the Flint water crisis due to its role in the creation of the crisis.
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As both a small business owner and an individual tax payer, I am impacted by both our business tax structure and our personal tax structure. Our current tax structure is strangling local governments and schools. We need broad reform of the Headlee Act and Proposal A to counteract the disinvestment we have made over the last decade.
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Charter schools must be more transparent with their fiscal and academic performance and held accountable to the same standards as public schools.
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Yes, voters should choose their legislators, legislators should not choose their voters. Redistricting should be more transparent and conducted by an independent commission with citizen participation.
My first priority would be to clear up and untangle the current legislation surrounding medical marijuana. While marijuana is currently banned by the federal government, state efforts to relax restrictions have created a confusing regulatory mess. We need to be able to conduct medical research within a strong, sensible regulatory framework.
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Significant generation capacity will be taken off line over the next decade as facilities reach their life span. Renewable energy is a necessity for the next investment in generation capacity to meet clean air standards and customer demands for clean power. A renewable energy mandate with a broad set of options to meet the criteria with the lowest cost to customers would continue Michigan's positive progress toward its clean energy goals.
Yes. Our criminal justice system presents several opportunities to lower cost and increase public safety. Restorative justice programs, successful drug courts as modeled in Kalamazoo, and minimum sentence and parole reforms could significantly create positive change in our prison systems and communities.

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