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Michigan Representative District 91

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  • Holly J. Hughes
    (Rep)

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    Collene Lamonte
    (Dem)

  • Max Riekse
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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 Montague Township
Mailing Address PO Box 6
Montague, MI 49437
Age 47
Family Husband, Jeff and two childre
Education Anchor Bay High School graduate, 1987. Bachelor of Science from Saginaw Valley State University in General Science for Secondary Education, Summa Cum Laude.
Vehicles owned Dodge Journey
Professional Experience Taught high school science and math for 8 years in Michigan's public schools. Recently working as education policy consultant.
Political Experience Former State Representative during the 2013-2015 legislative term.
Race/ethnicity Caucasian.
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The Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System, or MPSERS, gets much of its funding from school districts that pay into the fund based on the district's payroll. When the Legislature enacts policies that affect payrolls, such as allowing the unfettered growth of charter schools or by urging the privatization of services, MPSERS takes a hit. To fix MPSERS, we need to address how it is funded, and stop creating policies that undermine it.
Cuts to revenue sharing from the state to local communities has made it difficult for many cities, townships and counties to properly fund important services such as police and fire protection or to maintain local roads. Cuts to revenue sharing must be reversed.
State intervention must never come at the expense of democracy. Emergency managers have the authority to render city councils and school boards powerless, which turns a democracy into an autocracy. When emergency managers are used, they must always be held accountable to the communities they serve, not the governor who appointed them.
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While I'm glad to see that the new budget makes appropriations to help Flint and its residents recover, those funds won't reach anyone until at least Oct. 1. Meanwhile, thousands of families still rely on bottled water every day because their tap water is unsafe. Flint's children will also need wrap-around services and educational support to mitigate the effects of lead poisoning.
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While it was a state-appointed emergency manager who decided to switch Flint's water source, it was the job of the federal Environmental Protection Agency to monitor water quality. In light of the Flint water crisis, the EPA should adopt a lower actionable parts-per-billion standard for lead in water, and it should ban certain practices such as pre-flushing water samples that give inaccurate or misleading results.
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Michigan's tax system has changed in recent years in a way that is very unfair to working and middle-class families. New changes have given big corporations massive tax cuts, and now the state refundsvmore taxes to corporations than it receives from them. On the other hand, individuals are payingvabout 45 percent more. This is unfair, and it has to be changed.
The Detroit Educational Commission would have brought teachers and administrators, entrepreneurs and community leaders and Democrats and Republicans together to resolve the challenges facing Detroit Public Schools. I support the proposals brought forward by my Senator, Goeff Hansen, and it's a shame that House Republicans torpedoed the idea.
All schools should be held to the same high standards, including charter schools. Charter schools that don't perform well should lose their charter to operate. Charter authorizers that oversee multiple failing charter schools that don't show improvement should lose their authorizing power.
Yes, the LGBT community should be protected from discrimination.
No. Religion shouldn't be used as an excuse to discriminate.
No. I represent the people of my district and will not be held to any organization's policy pledges that would obstruct my ability to be the voice of my community.
Yes. Having a partisan redistricting system works in the favor of political parties, not the people. I want to see a nonpartisan redistricting commission take its place.
I'd be interested to learn more about how the legalized use of recreational marijuana has affected Washington and Colorado. We need to know if public safety and the safety of communities can be maintained before we entertain the idea of legalizing marijuana here.
My focus is on my own community and the campaign I am running for the State House for Michigan.
I'm a strong supporter of renewable energy as it lowers rates and creates jobs, and I favor policies that encourage the use of more renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The criminal justice system exists to keep communities safe, and that is the yardstick we should use to measure its success. Since incarceration only comes into play after crime is committed, I believe we should put at least the same amount of emphasis on preventing crime by improving education and offering wrap-around services to at-risk youth. When someone does commit a violent crime, they should face a tough punishment.
City of residence Fruitport, Michigan
Age 69
Family Single - one school age child.
Education BA: Political Science & International Relations; 2 MA's from Western Michigan University in Education; History; Political Science & International Relations; & K-12 Teaching Certificate from WMU. & Military education
Vehicles owned Ford - built in America
Professional Experience Retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel; 32 years; Vietnam War & Iraq War Veteran; & Retired Michigan Public School teacher; 23 years.
Political Experience Elected to two terms to Fruitport Township Parks Commission; 6 years.
Race/ethnicity White
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One way for the state to help solve its school retiree financial obligations and help build the future Michigan middle class is to require all charter school teachers to contribute to the - their state funded and run Michigan Public School Retirement system; I would also look into letting church run school teachers be given the chance to come into the state school retirement system - which would help build up the fund balance.
I think we need to send less tax dollars to cities; and greatly reduce our state income & sales taxes. and let local municipalities and cities keep more of the tax dollars raised int their area, i.e. the state sales tax for example.
I firmly think that the state has no business intervening on the behalf of struggling cities; I am against state intervention in most all cases; We as tax payers have given millions of dollars to Detroit over the years with little or no long term result; enough; We need to spend our scarce tax dollars on better roads & bridges & schools. and I would vote against the emergency manager law.
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The state should never have been involved in the Flint water crisis to begun with;
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I don't think the Federal Government has any 'standing' or Constitutional authority to be involved in the Flint water crisis; this is a state issue where the state & our governor screwed it up.
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I think that the Michigan income tax & sales tax needs to be reduced. I also very strongly feel that we need to revoke all Michigan asset forfeiture laws that go against constitutional due process. Police departments are basing their budgets on asset forfeiture with out regards to the rights of Michigan voters.
No; and I do Not support Common Core; I do support a strong Christian orientated K-12 Michigan Public School system open to all cultures & religions; with the 10 Commandants posted in every class room; including charter schools & public universities.; and that it be taught in public schools that marriage is between a man & woman; and that is biblical going back thousands of years.
I would cut for profit charter schools in half; and require all charter school teachers to be part of the Michigan Public School Retirement System.
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If coming from the Federal Government, it can't be good; so NO NO;
NO; I was endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan - PAC in June 2014; and I've received an (A) rating from the NRA two times in the past; I'm a Life Member of the NRA; and I support Donald Trump for President because he is a very strong supporter of the Second Amendment.
This could be like opening up a can of worms; its not good now, but it could end up being much worse.
Yes; to some extent - especially in the case for medical marijuana which should be taxed;decriminalized and made easy to use - with a doctors OK; ; the war on drugs has failed. and it has cost tax payers billions of dollars and has enriched many at the expense of putting thousands of people in jail and prison; We need to find a 'different' way to deal with the sad state of drugs in this state and in the nation. as to the recreational marijuana, I think that it needs to be greatly decriminalization - to the extent that tobacco & alcohol use is;
I fully support Donald Trump as being our next president; I really want to see him win & be in the White House; If you don't like Trump, then I think people should vote for Gary Johnson; anyone but Hillary; she is no good; as are the dirt bag republicans who support her over Trump; these dirt bag RINO Neo-Con Trotskyite Communist anti-Christian & anti-Russian RINO's have got this country into way too many wars which they have make billions on; at the cost of over a million American lives; enough; Trump will keep us out all these nasty neo-con wars for the Wealthy Elites. I would be most highly honored to appear at any Trump - Johnson campaign events; I love Donald Trump; Johnson is OK also
I do not support energy mandates; and I think Michigan needs to get off the national electric grid & prepare for an EMP event which I think is coming in the future; Wind & solar power is great - when it works; and we should give generous tax credits for them; but we must get off the national and regional electric grid; and use more coal electric power.
YES; End the War on Drugs; it has not worked; put those who make thousands of dollars on selling drugs away; treat users; and just leave alone those who are not bothering anyone; don't drive a car while using drugs; and use incarceration for the really bad ones. Judges need to use more common sense when putting people in jail, etc.

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