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Michigan Representative District 70

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    James A. Lower
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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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Age 27
Family Kristen Lower
Education BA Economics Michigan State University MBA Grand Valley State University
Vehicles owned We own General Motors and Ford Products only.
Professional Experience Edmore Village Manager, Legislative Director MI Senate , Ionia County Commissioner, Legislative Aide/Director MI House,
Political Experience Montcalm County Republican Party Member, Campaign Manager: Brian Calley for State Senate 2010, Rick Outman for State Rep. 2012 and 2014
Race/ethnicity White
Campaign Website http://www.votelower.com
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This should be done on a cases by case basis there is no simple one size fits all solution. For example bankruptcy made sense for the City of Detroit but it did not makes sense for DPS.
I want to eliminate our property tax system all together. This system is complicated, unfair, and inefficient. Administering this system costs millions of dollars per year. A sales tax is simpler, fairer, and more efficient. Making this transition would help our economy by letting families and small businesses keep more of their hard earned dollars. It would also help us keep and attract businesses by eliminating the uncertainty that comes with millages and arbitrary property tax assessments.
The state is liable for the debt and decisions any local government makes whether they have an emergency manager or not. If a local government goes bankrupt, the state is on the hook either way. So, having an emergency manager come into communities that are facing these hardships makes sense. The law has recently been updated and I will spend some time learning about what changes were made if am elected to this office.
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From what I have seen the response has been good. However, I have not been to Flint. I have not talked to anyone who lives in Flint. It is not an issue that has come up in my district thus far. I would need to learn more from actual residents of Flint before I could make a fair assessment.
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From what I have read the State has been doing more than the federal government. However, as I said above it is not an issue I know a lot about. I have been focused mainly on my district at this point.
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I want to eliminate our property tax system all together. This system is complicated, unfair, and inefficient. Administering this system costs millions of dollars per year. A sales tax is simpler, fairer, and more efficient. Making this transition would help our economy by letting families and small businesses keep more of their hard earned dollars. It would also help us keep and attract businesses by eliminating the uncertainty that comes with millages and arbitrary property tax assessments.
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I am happy with our charter schools. I would like to see even more options for parents and students on a statewide basis. I believe it is important that we continually look at ways to improve our education system. Simply locking ourselves into one model, for no other reason than it is the way we have always done things is not acceptable to me. We can and must do better so our children have the best education possible.
No. I think discrimination is discrimination. Enumerating specific types of discrimination or classes of individuals is not necessary. If we want things to be fair, then let’s make sure they are fair for all people.
I need to learn more about this issue. I support religious freedom 100%. However, I am not familiar enough with these laws to comment at this point.
I have not signed any pledges.
This is a broad question but in principle I would prefer lines be drawn on a non-partisan basis. I have not seen a proposal to date that would functionally eliminate politics from this equation.
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I support our nominee. It is going to be an interesting year at the national level. I would take Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton any day of the week.
We are currently meeting these mandates. However, I do not think they need to be expanded.
Our prison population fluctuates with the economy generally. The economy is up, so the prison population is down. A strong economy is the cure to many of the problems we face as a society.

I come from a district with many MDOC employees. As I go door to door I am hearing many of them do not feel as safe as they once did due to staffing cut backs. This is an issue I would like to help solve if elected. I have heard several good ideas from employees who work in the prison system. I would like to continue to have conversations with employees and retirees from our prison system. Some of the best ideas come from the people working on the ground.

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