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Michigan Representative District 75

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    Chad C. Rossiter
    (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 Grand Rapids, Michigan
Age 26
Education Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University Master of Public Administration, in progress, Grand Valley State University
Professional Experience Senior Loan Officer, Riverbank Finance LLC, 2014- Present Loan Officer Assistant, Compass Mortgage, 2012-2014
Political Experience None.
Campaign Website http://chadrossiter.com
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In a very limited and careful fashion. We do not want to set a precedent of easily obtainable state intervention.
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State intervention needs to be done carefully and only done when all other avenues have been explored. In situations when it is deemed necessary, funds need not be automatically attached.
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It is easy to point fingers and list what could be done better, but the fact of the matter is this was the first time something of this scale has occurred and Flint, the State of Michigan, and the Federal government all dealt with it as the issues arrived. It may not have been an all around ideal response, but the water crisis has ultimately served as a wake up call and warning for other cities across the country as far as underground infrastructure.
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Same exact answer as the last question: It is easy to point fingers and list what could be done better, but the fact of the matter is this was the first time something of this scale has occurred and Flint, the State of Michigan, and the Federal government all dealt with it as the issues arrived. It may not have been an all around ideal response, but the water crisis has ultimately served as a wake up call and warning for other cities across the country as far as underground infrastructure.
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This is a loaded question is I have ever seen one. The current system is generally fair, there a lot more issues in the Federal tax system than with Michigan's.
Something drastic needs to be done to fix Detroit Public Schools, but creating a commission of this type is an overstep of bureaucracy. There needs to be a more pragmatic solution.
Charter schools should be allowed to operate in a competitive manner especially if they are providing cost effective and
Yes, each and every person deserves equal protection under the law. Why this is even a debate, is beyond me.
Last year, the state level law the Restoration of Religious Freedom Act in Indiana garnered a substantial amount of negative media coverage. The media coverage painted the law as a license to discriminate, but that is misguiding. The original Restoration of Religious Freedom Act passed the US House unanimously and passed the US Senate with overwhelming support. The law is merely a protection of the First Amendment and acts as a safeguard so that he government does not interfere with one's ability to freely practice their religion. As long as the act is worded in a way that it simply protects the First Amendment rights of individuals, I would support it.
No. Chad Rossiter lives in no organization's pocket. Viva la Revolución!
As a whole, the two party system is detrimental to the political process. Political parties influence needs to be limited, but I think the best way to do so lies in the hands of people voting outside of the two parties and not in legislation. My boy George Washington warned us about this big time:

“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” - George Washington
I support the legalization, regulation, and taxation of recreational marijuana.
Interestingly, Don Trump has not yet asked me to join him on the campaign trail. Trump is not the most qualified nor most desirable candidate. His nomination is an indication of the frustration that many people feel with the current climate of politics and of government.
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Too many and at too great of a cost. Michigan's prisoners are incarcerated considerably longer on average than across the nation. Reducing average sentence length, particularly for non-violent offenders, will reduce costs. The aging prison population needs to be addressed as health care costs for older inmates is becoming increasingly expensive for Michigan.

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