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Michigan Representative District 107

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    Phil Bellfy
    (Dem)

  • Lee Chatfield
    (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 Rural Sault Ste. Marie
Education PhD, American Studies
Political Experience 40+ years of public advocacy. Ran for public office many times, starting in the late 1970s, most recently for State Senate in 2014.
Race/ethnicity American Indian
Campaign Website http://philbellfy.com
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Restore revenue sharing to its statutory limits. Failing that, the state should assume those obligations. Get rid of the "emergency manager" law, which is anti-democratic.
Restore revenue sharing to its statutory limits. Get rid of the "emergency manager" law, which is anti-democratic.
Restore revenue sharing to its statutory limits. "The State" cannot first create the problem and then "step in" and attempt to "solve" the crises they created by short-changing cities.
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The problem should have never arose in the first place, and I'm more than just a little bit ticked off that the current administration in Lansing has not been indicted for deliberately poisoning an entire community. So, what would I do (if I could)? Throw them all in jail, starting with Snyder, and assess them "damages" from their personal/campaign funds for as much as it takes to bring safe drinking water to Flint. Of course, we here in the 107th House District face our own "water crisis" in the form of Line 5, a pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac which mostly transports crude oil (from Canada to Canada). --Don't "Flint" our Straits--
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Of course, I'm running for state office, and there's little the State Legislature can do to change federal policy (or response). But, I would like to see them indict everyone responsible, and step in and insure Flint's water is safe to drink. Simply declare the Flint water crisis is a "homeland security" issue and use the bloated Pentagon budget to rebuild Flint's infrastructure. I'm sickened by the fact that the US spends 100s of billions on war and destruction all over the globe, but can't find the money to give everyone in this country clean drinking water (and healthcare, and education, and safe bridges and highways, etc.). We have our national (and state) priorities upside down!! 
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"Generally fair? Fair? To who or whom? It seems to be generously "fair" to "artificial persons" (business), but genuinely "unfair" to "natural persons" (actual real human beings). Anyway, what we need is a steeply graduated income tax, exempting all income below the federal "poverty level" from taxation. We should bring back (and increase) the Single Business Tax (again, exempting small, local businesses).
Absolutely not. What ever happened to the Republican "battle-cry" of Local Control?
The question presumes that "charter schools" are a permanent part of the education-landscape, a premise with which I disagree. I would like to see a ban on for-profit schools (which means a cancellation of the charter for those that already exist). I would work to enact a simple state-wide policy --no public tax dollars going to for-profit entities (schools or otherwise).
My stand on the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act may sound controversial to some --get rid of it. All it does is provide bigots with a list of people they can discriminate against. I would like to see it replaced with much simpler legislation: "Michigan extends Civil Rights protections to every human being within its jurisdiction."
I do not support the implementation of "Sharia Law" in Michigan (or any other state), because that's what RFRA does --it makes banned discriminatory practices "legal" once again. Carried to its extreme (which is inevitable), every piece of civil rights legislation (starting with the 14th Amendment) will simply vanish under the guise of "religious freedom." It's absolute insanity!
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I would support the establishment of an Independent Commission to draw District lines based on simple geography alone, perhaps modeled on Iowa's redistricting legislation: (1) - Districts must be convenient and contiguous. (2) - Districts must preserve the integrity of political subdivisions like counties and cities. (3) - Districts must, to the extent consistent with other requirements, be reasonably compact –-defined in terms of regular polygons, comparisons of length and width, and overall boundary perimeter.
Yes. And release all "low-level drug-offenders" from jail/prison immediately.
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Yes. We should design our energy policy to become "energy independent," based on renewable sources, as quickly as possible.
Too many people in jail? Yes. Changes? Michigan now spends more on "Corrections" than it does on Higher Ed. This is crazy. First, I would support legislation to release all current non-violent drug offenders to "house arrest." Secondly, I would reform the entire sentencing structure to one that only incarcerates those who pose a valid threat to public safety (others could be fined and sentenced to "instant parole/probation"). The entire system should be reformed to actually rehabilitate those who are sent to prison.
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