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Michigan Representative District 72

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    Steven Johnson
    (Rep)

  • Steve Shoemaker
    (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 Shelbyville
Mailing Address PO Box 132
Wayland, MI 49348
Age 25
Education Associates in Applied Science: Electronic Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force Bachelor of Science: Interdisciplinary Studies: Social Science and Business from Liberty University
Vehicles owned This is a pointless question and I refuse to answer it
Professional Experience Served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force as a Staff Sergeant where a led a team of airmen performing maintenance on our nuclear missiles.
Political Experience Interned as Legislative Aide for two State Reps. Precinct Delegate, Wayland Township
Race/ethnicity This should have no relevance to the election
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Incumbent? false
We need to look to a long-term solution instead of short-term gimmicks that only kick the can down the road. A solution that I would propose is to move teachers from a defined benefit to a defined contribution plan. This is what we have in the private sector and is what teachers should use as well.
The State should move away from funding our cities. In order to do this, the State would need to lower taxes significantly and allow local governments to implement taxing proposals to fund their city. This allows for each city to make its own decisions on what services that they are willing to pay for.
The State should not intervene. Bailing out troubled cities only promotes the bad behavior that got the city into trouble in the first place. Cities should have to face the repercussions of the decisions that they made. This is the only way that they will learn from their mistakes.
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Politicians on both sides did a lot of grandstanding without actually trying to help the citizens of Flint. The States should have put down the money to replace the pipes and then got out of Flint and let the citizens of Flint take over from there.
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No, it needs to be lowered on all fronts.
No, the State should get out of Detroit and let the citizens handle their own schools. They need to take responsibility for their own actions and the State continuing to meddle in their affairs will prevent this from happening.
We need to put fewer restrictions on charter schools so that parents will have more options when it comes to choosing a school to educate their children.
No I oppose any legislation that tries to make special classes of people. Everyone should be equal under the law, no special favors for any certain group.
Yes, Freedom of Religion is in the First Amendment for a reason. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has failed to uphold the Constitution so it is up to the States to pass legislation that reinforces the right of anyone to practice his or her faith without coercion from the government.
Yes, I support outlawing abortion and oppose all tax increases.
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Only if we eliminate the Welfare State first.
I will not support Donald Trump ever. He is a Democrat and a danger to the Republican party and conservative values. I will be voting third party.
No, the energy market should be a free-market allowing consumers and producers to make that decision on their own.
Yes, we need to make sure that punishment fits the crime.
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