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Michigan Representative District 88

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    Kim Nagy
    (Dem)

  • Roger Victory
    (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?

City of residence Jenison (Georgetown Twp)
Age 58
Family Daughter: Kathryn Carlisle, age 26 Son: David Carlisle, age 23
Education Master of Music, Northwestern University Bachelor of Music, Hope College
Vehicles owned Saturn Vue Toyota Camry
Professional Experience i currently teach full time in Northview Public Schools. I am the owner/director of West Michigan Conservatory of Music. Previous positions include adjunct professor at Roosevelt University and Elmhurst College, Hudsonville Public Schools, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, and Niles Public Schools.
Political Experience Executive Board Ottawa Democratic Party
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
Campaign Website http://www.kimnagy4rep.com
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The state must review revenue sharing and prioritize adequately funding municipalities and schools. We have been under funding for years, forcing municipalities and school districts to make extremely difficult budget decisions. The state must provide funds for Michiganders that have retired/will retire with a pension as part of their employment contract with the state or municipality. The state could develop a pool for future retiree costs. Cutting retirees pensions has immense negative impact on our state's economy and on the lives of our neighbors.
We should consider reworking the revenue sharing program to reflect population and service demands. Municipal revenue from state sources has steadily declined and caps on municipalities ability to increase local revenue sources are detrimental. Cities with low per capita tax bases are forced to use millages to provide services, causing residents and businesses to relocate. If we do not even the playing field for municipalities and cities we will see more financial crises. Given corporate tax cuts, property tax cuts and lack of adequate funding of municipalities, we will have to consider revising taxes to provide vital services.
The state must see to adequate protection services, health services and schools. If the EFM law helped elected local city councils/ school boards to achieve financial stability, attaching dollars to implement positive systemic change would be appropriate. There must be a mechanism for the state to assist when municipalities are facing fiscal crisis, however, locally elected boards must be part of developing solutions.
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The state has not made a commitment to provide health care, nutrition services and educational support for the children of Flint until they graduate from high school. There must be a commitment to replace the pipes. flushing pipes is not adequate. It will be all too easy for future legislators who were not in office during this crisis period to ignore the needs of the Flint community. We must lock in state support now.
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The federal government provided money to support the citizens of Flint, but it will soon run out. If the Federal government supplied funds for replacing infrastructure, thereby creating jobs in Flint, the positive impact would be enormous.
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Corporate taxes have been cut to the point that we are net-negative this year for corporate tax. We need to revisit the corporate rates. Given the income gap in Michigan and the shrinking middle class, i would carefully consider a graduated income tax. Given the changes in the auto industry away from gas-fueled engines, we may have to look carefully at toll roads to provide revenue for road repair.
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Population density and number of existing public school must be considered in locating charter schools. Charter schools must be required to provide the same services public schools provide including comprehensive special-education programming if they are to be evaluated with the same measures (student test scores) as traditional public schools. Charter schools should be subject to the same oversight as public schools, if public schools are threatened with closure after a series of years of "failing", the same should apply to charters. Chartering organizations should be required to provide services and evaluation of the educational and administrative program at their schools.
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Yes. Drawing district lines should be completely non-partisan.
I generally support decriminalization, however, I have deep concerns over children who test positive for THC due to second-hand smoke. The effects of THC in a developing brain are different and more long-lasting than in an adult brain. I believe we must include safeguards for kids when discussing legalization and/or decriminalization.
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I believe that giving courts and judges maximum flexibility in sentencing will serve the public to best advantage. Use of drug courts that focus on treatment services, considering mental health issues, will help those in need and let the courts deal with true criminal acts. I believe that local control is best in most circumstances and if we give judges and courts flexibility, they will most often take the right course for their community.
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