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Michigan Representative District 104

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  • Kelly J. Clark
    (L)

  • Betsy Coffia
    (Dem)

  • Larry C. Inman
    (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 8971 Crockett Rd, Williamsburg, Michigan , 49690
Age 62
Family none
Education Associate of Science, Northwestern Michigan College, Bachelor of Science, Northern Michigan University
Vehicles owned 2015 F 150 Ford Truck
Professional Experience Retired Vice President of Huntington National Bank, 28 years
Political Experience State Representative 104th First Term, Grand Traverse County Commissioner 22 years.
Race/ethnicity White Male
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Incumbent? true
Currently , the Governor assigns a Emergency Manager
Currently the State gives all units of Government Revenue sharing funds to support services to the public. If State Revenues increase , we should give priority to K 12, Community Colleges and University, Revenue Sharing, Road Funding and Veterans support.
Hopefully the Community can resolve their own financial matter and have local control, I am not a big fan of Emergency Managers, but that is up to the Governor to in act. Funding should depend on the situation at hand, we recently approved $670 Million for DPS, with oversight financial review commission.
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First, the local DPW board in Flint should have known the conversion from the Detroit Water to Flint should have required pipe coating, then you have the Federal EPA who was first to blame and they have done little to help. You have State DEQ who is to blame as well. All that being said its time move on to correct the problem in Flint. The State legislature and the Governor did what was necessary and get emergency water supplies and filters to the residents of Flint and did pay for the past due and current water bills. We are moving forward as a State to assist the City of Flint. The Governor has spent a great deal of time in Flint communicating and actions to make sure the water is safe.
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It is my understanding the EPA was first to be aware of the high levels of lead in the water and did not take action to correct it. Congress should hold the EPA responsible for their non actions.
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I am not sure I would rate our tax system fair, but it does support a user fee base other than the Income tax. We should look at what other State models are to see if there is a better system that fits our economy base.
I supported the Mayor's proposal for a DEC , it would have brought more buy in and more local control to help DPS in its turn around plan.
Charter School should have the same requirements as public schools in terms of mandates. I am fine with the current system on charter authorization.
First we should treat everyone the same. Personally, what people do in their personal lives is their business. I would have to review such a bill, but in concept I favor no discrimination.
In order to answer the question, I would have to look into the Act as cited above.
I have not signed any pledges, I have only responded to questionaires.
I think the current system works and is balanced over time .
When it comes to the question of medical or recreational use of marijuana, I believe that decision should be made by a public state wide vote.
Yes, if I am invited and if it is possible for me to attend.
I support clean energy and renewable energy policy. I think we should work together with energy producers to set reasonable and obtainable goals so they can be placed into company strategic plans. If you want to have mandates , they should be reasonable and obtainable. I favor those targets and goals to strive for cleaner energy use.
We are seeing a decline in our prison system. We have done some great things to offset the higher crime and more prisoners . We have done Drug Courts, Mental Health Courts, Veterans Court, Community Corrections to treat there issues, We have prisoner re entry to provide them with a safety net prior to release of prison, ie, getting them a job, and trade skill, a place to live etc so they can be productive citizens again. We now have medical parole for those people that are not likely a threat being considered for nursing homes. We are closing a record number of prisons , saving the tax dollars without risk to the public , so the trend is getting better.

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