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Michigan Representative District 40

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    Nicole Bedi
    (Dem)

  • Michael D. McCready
    (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 Birmingham, MI
Age 38
Family Damanpreet Singh Bedi (husband) Kavia (age 5) Mahalie (age 2)
Education Lincoln Park High School (1996) Michigan State University, B.S. in Dietetics and B.S in Psychology (2001) Massachusetts General Hospital, Dietetic Intership (2002)
Vehicles owned 2014 Subaru Outback, 2006 Audi A3
Professional Experience 2004-2011: Team Leader Dietitian, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA. 2012-2013: Dietitian, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA 2013-2014: Dietitian, Walgreens Home Infusion Services.
Political Experience n/a
Race/ethnicity white
Campaign Website http://www.votebedi.com
Incumbent? false
As Michigan continues to cut funding from local municipalities and schools, cities and districts are needing to make tough decisions, cutting jobs and privatizing services, which means there are fewer employees paying into the retirement system. For our schools, this problem is complicated by the expansion of charter and cyber schools that outsource non-instructional services, and dilutes enrollment in a school district. To help, the State can lower the cap on the requirements that school districts need to pay into their unfunded liability into the retirement system, but if we are serious about funding long-term cost of pensions, we need to stop the ongoing push to privatize services.
Failed economic policies and underfunded revenue sharing is crippling our cities and towns, and our municipalities are being forced to make tough decisions which include cutting vital services and decreasing fire and police officers in their departments. Since 2001, the State of Michigan has failed to fully fund statutory revenue sharing, keeping money from state sales tax that should be available to our cities. We must continue to protect and enhance our revenue sharing so cities are able to have the funding that they need.

We have seen the disastrous consequences of the undemocratic emergency management in the poisoning of Flint's citizens and the crisis of Detroit’s Public Schools. When struggling cities require intervention from the state, we must ensure that the leadership is accountable to the citizens, and the residents of those cities have a voice. Providing cities funds along with a management plan to get the city back on track will allow the city to function without crippling cuts to their services, allowing cities remain attractive to residents. When citizens move out of failing cities, it strips those cities of the tax base they need to survive.
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The State’s response to the crisis was negligent. For months, the State ignored the citizens of Flint, as well as doctors and scientists with real evidence of a problem. Since the State admitted the problem of lead in the water, distribution of water and filters was both slow and inadequate. Money has been appropriated from the state, but this won't even start to reach Flint until October, and the real cost of the Flint Water Crisis will likely exceed what is currently funded. As a legislator, I would support measures that cover the citizens of Flint’s water/sewage bills, and support legislative proposals that improve water quality and availability statewide.
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Since the crisis, the Federal Government has come to the aid of Flint, as multiple government agencies have all been involved with distribution of water and filters, water testing, health screening, nutritional assistance, and has provided funding for both Head Start and Medicaid expansion. However, the Federal Government’s biggest mistake was that they were aware of problems happening with Flints water, and were not quick enough or forceful enough to ensure changes from preventing the crisis from escalating. I hope the Fed will continue to provide Flint with the infrastructure funding that it needs, as well as continue to evaluate and improve its standards for lead and copper testing.
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Michigan's tax system is not fair. It favors corporations over people, providing runaway tax breaks to business which will actually cost the state $100 million dollars this year. We need to shift our tax breaks back to the real families of Michigan. I support proposed legislation that would provide tax credits to seniors, families with children, and students in college.
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I would support measures to ensure that the loopholes to avoid closure of charters are fully closed and remain closed. Authorizers who do not adequately address substandard charters should face penalty.
Yes. No citizen of the state of Michigan should be discriminated against. LGBT individuals deserve the same protections as every other Michigander. I will continue to support legislative and citizen initiatives that seek to amend Elliott-Larsen to include the LGBT community.
No, state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts are ways to legalize discrimination and have no place in our diverse Michigan. Instead the legislature should focus on ensuring all people are treated with dignity and respect regardless of their race, religion, or sexual orientation.
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Yes, I support legislation that would minimize the influence of political parties in the reapportionment process. I support a non-partisan redistricting commission.
Yes, I support the decriminalization of recreational marijuana. However, I believe that any change we make in our marijuana law must be done with the assurance of the public safety of all communities around Michigan.
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Yes. The current renewable energy mandates have not only saved Michiganders money in utility costs, but have created jobs and established Michigan as a home to a growing renewable energy industry, all while decreasing our carbon footprint. Continuing to invest in renewable energy will continue to be an investment in Michigan.
It is shameful that we spend more money on incarceration than we do on public education in the state of Michigan. My priority is to make our communities safer by reducing crime at a local level, though improving our local public schools, providing community and youth services especially for at-risk youth, and making sure there are good paying jobs in all communities. We can take a strong look at We must enforce tough sentences for violent crime. However, we should also expand our strategies to reducing recidivism and improve programs to help prepare inmates to become productive members of society upon release.
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