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Michigan Representative District 100

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  • Sandy Clarke
    (Dem)

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    Scott A. VanSingel
    (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 Grant
Age 36
Family Daughter- Sophia- Age 5
Education B.S. B.A- Finance/Accounting- Central Michigan University. MBA- Cornerstone University
Vehicles owned Chevy Silverado- 2013
Professional Experience Auditor- Pricewaterhouse Coopers- 2 years Financial Analyst- Dematic Corp- 10 years Real Estate Investor- 13 years
Political Experience Newaygo Co Republican Party Treasurer
Race/ethnicity White
Campaign Website http://www.svs4rep.com
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The emergency manager law is not perfect, however, it is to date the best option we have. I believe in local control, however, when locals prove they are incapable of handling their finances and the State of Michigan is liable for their debts, it is best for all that emergency managers are appointed to take control of the situation.
I would like to see an increase in revenue sharing. I am an advocate for local control and local elected officials are much more likely to be efficient and effective with using their tax dollars.
As noted above, the emergency manager model seems to be the best option we have currently. I am not comfortable sending any funds to failed cities, however, due to the way our State Constitution is written, bankruptcy is the more costly option. I would advocate that if/when funds are given to a struggling city, reforms are put in place so that the situation is not repeated.
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The initial handling by the locals and DEQ was terrible. There was deliberate misrepresentation of the facts and these individuals should be held accountable. At the higher levels of government, there was little direct involvement, however, our Governor took responsibility and has taken control of the situation. I would rate his response as excellent.
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The Federal government to my knowledge had little to do with the response other than stirring feelings of racial animosity and class warfare. This was very unprofessional and was not helpful to the situation.
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Generally. The 2011 reforms greatly helped to make the tax code more fair, especially to businesses. We still could make needed reforms to business taxes and could possibly speed up the phase-out of personal property taxes.
Yes. The legislation that was recently passed will likely provide options for parents, hold failing schools accountable, and provide necessary oversight into a troubled school district.
The law seems to be adequate at this time, however, I would advocate that they are not restricted from being opened in areas where they are needed, such as Detroit.
No. While I value and care about the dignity of all people, sexual orientation and gender identity are behaviors as opposed to race and gender. While I do not believe in discrimination, I can see such a law being abused and used to force those in the faith community to violate their beliefs. I do not believe the government should be in the business of promoting behaviors that many of us find to be immoral or harmful.
Yes. Religious freedom is extremely important. So much so, it was included in the very first amendment to the constitution. I see an increasing hostility to people of faith and such state laws are necessary to end this by statute.
I have completed numerous candidate questionnaires. I have promised to defend and promote the 2nd amendment, protect the lives of the unborn, and fight efforts to raise taxes. I have not however signed a "no tax" pledge as I believe this unfairly restricts the ability of the legislature to make any type of meaningful tax reforms.
Yes. The current system is too partisan and results in significant gerrymandering. It should be more bi-partisan.
No. Marijuana is a gateway drug. Despite what its well-funded lobby states, it is harmful and it drains the ambition from people.
I am not a fan of Donald Trump, however, I am even less in support of Hillary Clinton. I will support Mr. Trump and work to see that he is elected as I believe he is the better of the two options at this point.
The current 10% mandate is sufficient. I would like to see the free market determine if more renewable energy is demanded.
There are always examples of individuals who probably are not a threat to society and could be released, however, there are many examples of people who probably should be removed from society and have not been. I have traveled to many countries in the world with much lower incarceration rates than what we have. In almost all cases, the level of crime is much higher than here which is the trade off for spending less on the justice system. I personally like living in a safe community and if that means investing in the prison system, I am willing to do so. I would like to see cultural changes first which would eliminate the need to incarcerate people.

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