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Michigan Representative District 103

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  • Daire L. Rendon
    (Rep)

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    Jordan Stancil
    (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?

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City of residence Grayling
Age 42
Education University of Michigan (BA) Georgetown University (MA) Fulbright Scholar
Professional Experience Small business owner, Grayling, MI College lecturer, Paris and Ottawa US diplomat, Jerusalem and Berlin
Campaign Website http://www.jordanstancil.com
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Meeting our obligations to seniors doesn't "threaten" anybody's solvency. Our problems in this state are rooted in a lack of purchasing power on the part of most of our citizens, including seniors. According to one study, 63% of jobs in Michigan pay less than $20 an hour. In my district about 40% of our citizens are in poverty or could be categorized as working poor. You can't pay for anybody's pension with this kind of pitiful economic performance. The answer is to reduce income inequality and rebuild the middle class through better education and training, higher wages, benefits like paid family leave, and the kind of infrastructure spending Michigan really needs.
Revenue sharing has been underfunded for several years, and we should return to full funding if possible.
The emergency manager law should be repealed because that's what the people of this state said they wanted when they voted to repeal it in 2012.
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The focus of the state government's approach to Flint was saving money in the short term, without any regard to the longer-term costs to the taxpayer or consequences for the people of Flint. The context of the crisis was the anti-democratic philosophy embodied in the emergency manager law. Michigan needs to make significant new investments in infrastructure statewide. The state needs an emergency plan in place to ensure that it can respond adequately to any future water crises.
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Michigan has a regressive tax system: the highest earners actually pay a smaller percentage of their income to the state than others do. We should consider a graduated income tax and changes to the sales tax system in order to make the burden of taxation more equal in Michigan. We should, at a minimum, also restore cuts to the earned-income tax credit.
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I believe Michigan should re-evaluate the experiment we have made with charter schools. Charter schools should not undermine the traditional public schools.
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