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Michigan Representative District 4

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  • Dan Finn
    (Grn)

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    Rose Mary C. Robinson
    (Dem)

  • Matt Schonert
    (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 Detroit
Age 76
Family Mother of 6
Education Graduate of Wayne State University School of Law
Vehicles owned none
Professional Experience Attorney at Law for over 43 years; Former General Counsel AFSCME Council 25
Political Experience Elected County Commissioner 6 times in Detroit; Elected city-wide to the Detroit Charter Commission (2009); Elected State Representative in 2012 and 2014; Elected Delegate to the 1968 Democratic National Convention
Race/ethnicity white
Incumbent? true
The state should protect retiree pensions.
No, it is not adequate.

The elimination of the personal property tax and the creation of an appointed tax authority were major mistakes in how the state distributes revenues to municipalities. This requires a re-evaluation of the revenue sharing formula and an examination of the specific needs of each municipality.

The state should seek thoughtful ways to assist without undermining representative government. I consistently oppose emergency management.
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The State of Michigan had a responsibility receiving initial reports of problems with the Flint River contaminants. The Governor was on notice and should have acted to protect the public health. We need to have a major overhaul at the MDEQ and other agencies responsible for protecting our water, air and land.
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There should have been less political visits and more direct action. Federal resources should correct infrastructure problems.
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The system is not fair. The burden is on working people.

I would like to see tax credits restored such as earned income tax and eliminate the taxing of pensions.

There has been an abuse in granting mega-credits to corporations which puts a drain on annual budget.
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Charters should be capped and the state should restore and strengthen public education.
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Yes. I was the first state elected official to endorse and support Senator Bernie Sanders.

Look forward to seeing who our nominee will be.
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Absolutely. There are many changes that could be considered to improve the justice system.

I support presumptive parole legislation, stronger re-entry programs and efforts to create a more coherent and rational approach to the penal code

I would continue to build on the legislation I supported that set up the commission for indigent defendants to prevent wrongful convictions.

There are so many solutions to reducing the prison population such as release of aged and infirm prisoners.
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