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Michigan Representative District 19

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    Laura Cox
    (Rep)

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    Steve King
    (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?

City of residence Livonia
Age 51
Family My husband Mike Cox and I have four children; Lindsey, Sinead, Conor and Rory. As well as two grandchildren, Grace and Savanna
Education B.A. Criminal Justice, Michigan State University M.S. Criminal Justice Research and Planning, Michigan State University
Vehicles owned Lincoln MKX, Lincoln MKZ, Chevy Trailblazer, Ford Flex
Professional Experience I began my public service career as a U.S. Customs special agent, learning firsthand what it takes to protect Michigan’s residents. I worked undercover, conducted surveillance and executed search warrants to stop drug traffickers and money launderers. During my 13 years as an agent, I worked on sophisticated financial investigations to stop smugglers and currency traffickers, and other duties to protect Michigan’s citizens and U.S. borders.
Political Experience As a legislator, I am chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government, vice chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Judiciary. I am also a member of the House Appropriations Committee, as well as a member of the appropriations subcommittees on the Department of Community Health and Higher Education. Prior to serving as a State Representative, I was elected to the Wayne County Commission where I served for 12 years and chaired the Ways and Means Committee.
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
Incumbent? true
If a community or city has proven that they cannot manage their finances and their affairs by their own means then appointing someone to prevent or manage a bankruptcy makes sense. However, The state should be required to be open and above board on every action that emergency manager takes. Every cent the emergency manager spends should be recorded and transparent.

The funding mechanism for municipalities is broken. The state revenue sharing formula needs to be looked at, and under my leadership we have, but politically it will create winners and losers and people are unwilling to make great changes at this time.
Yes. If a community or city has proven that they cannot manage their finances and their affairs by their own means then appointing someone to prevent or manage a bankruptcy makes sense. However, The state should be required to be open and above board on every action that emergency manager takes. Every cent the emergency manager spends should be recorded and transparent.
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The legislature has been responsive and eager to meet the needs of the people of Flint during this crisis. Ensuring the people of Flint have clean water, the necessary health screenings and medical care to deal with the lead issues and the funding necessary to replace lead pipes with new lines to deliver fresh water to families.
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Generally fair. If there is a surplus, it's too high. In general, I want to maintain state spending levels and keep money in the citizens of Michigan's pockets.
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If they are reasonable and encourage choice for students and good education for kids.
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No, I support the current system.
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I believe the government's main job is to keep citizens safe.
City of residence Livonia
Family four adult children
Education Bachelor of science/ Kinesiology Masters / Educational leadership
Vehicles owned I have owned dozens of vehicles over my lifetime.
Professional Experience Professional entertainer and small business owner more than 40 years
Political Experience School Board trustee
Campaign Website http://stevekingmichigan.us
Incumbent? false
I do not support the emergency manager method of dealing with debt. Early intervention through state audits and more regional delivery of all services will help control cost. Bankruptcy is an unfortunate but viable option to insolvency.
No. Homeland security funds have filled in for the lack of revenue sharing in the security arena.There are too many fiefdoms in every city and county in the state.Extremely top heavy with excessive non productive administrators that crush the retiree health/pension system when they leave. More incentives for shared services and regional models of service delivery.
No emergency manager. State should only intervene if the involvement will save taxpayer money and structural changes will actually fix things moving forward. No Bailouts
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The Flint debacle is a black eye for the state and the mind set should have been fix it first and then sort it out.
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Tough for the Feds to respond to something that was not an act of nature. If they were to wade in every time a politician or municipality screwed up that's all they would do.
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Taxes and fees are too high overall.
Yes. There needs to be more accountability for charter schools
The Free Press expose on charter schools says it all. Not enough oversite.
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Absolutely Not! I support the separation of church and state and do not like private religious beliefs being thrust into the public square
No. Never will. I pledge to uphold the Constitution.
Yes! Voters should pick their representatives. Politicians should not be able to pick their voters.
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Yes. There is no justice in the criminal justice system. I support a complete overhaul.

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