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Michigan Representative District 105

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  • Triston Cole
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    Wyatt Knight
    (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 Gaylord MI
Age 21
Family none
Education Northern Michigan University Bachelor degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations
Vehicles owned 1997 Ford F-150 2003 Ford Escape
Professional Experience N/A
Political Experience was involved in Model united nations and other International activities while in college.
Race/ethnicity N/A
Campaign Website http://votewyattknight.com/
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I believe that conducting actions such as an audit, which is trying to be done on the Detroit school system, would go a long way to figure out were funds are being potentially mismanaged. These funds would otherwise be allocated to current and future retirees. In the long term, giving more funding to the school system would help elevate the finances, and make it easier to pay for future and current retirees.
Yes I believe the way the state funds our cities is adequate to ensure safety and service delivery.
The state should only intervene on a struggling city when that city asks for the assistance and the state house and senate vote to intervene. I believe that an emergency manager, in extreme cases, can be effective as long as the right people are put in charge of it. As for a dollar amount, the state should allocate to a struggling city, but it would have to be on a case by case basis. I do not believe it should be a blank check.
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I think the state should have responded faster over all. I think the state should have given more funding to emergency responders when this crisis first started. The state or the city should give financial assistance to those families that are wishing to move away from the effected areas or at least give them the resources to combat the problems of lead in their water supply. All this along with the long term goal of replacing the infrastructure of the water pipes in the city, and assuring they work properly and safely.

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I think the federal government could have given more aid to help out the city. Moreover, they should be helping to aid in the goals that I mentioned earlier.
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I believe the Michigan's tax system is generally fair. I do support going back to having deductions for pension and retirement income.

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I think Michigan needs to first focus on public schools and give them the proper tools and resources needed to teach. Then we can focus on the charters schools.
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Yes I support the renewal.
Yes, we do incarcerate too many people in Michigan. We can help this by putting a larger emphasis on rehabilitation and focusing on how to lower recidivism rates along with the legalization of marijuana. I feel would help lower this number, along with stopping the for-profit prison system which are becoming popular in the country.

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