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Michigan Representative District 45

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    Ted Golden
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    Michael Webber
    (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 Rochester Hills, MI
Age 73
Family Married
Education University of Michigan Undergrad 1961-64, U. of M. Medical School 1964-68, Medical Degree 1968
Vehicles owned 2013 Equinox, 2009 PT Cruiser
Professional Experience Dermatology Resident Henry Ford Hospital 1969-72, U.S. Navy 1972-74 Chief of Dermatology, U.S.Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune NC, Private Dermatology Practice Sterling Heights MI 1974-2013, Chief of Dermatology William Beaumont Hospital Troy 1981-2002
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This question and the following two are all related with the basic problem being the lack of adequate funding. The above question is a huge controversial topic with many opinions. The current emergency manger law is a starting point. The taxpayers of Michigan probably do not want to bail out other communities with financial problems, especially after the two big bail outs for the City of Detroit and the Detroit Public Schools. However, the state has the same obligations to the rest of the state.
The way the state funds our cities is not adequate for all to provide essential services. Cities probably will be short changed by the elimination of the personal property business tax starting this year. It is easy to advocate for cities to get a bigger slice of the state funding pie. However, a problem is a growing appetite, but a stagnant size of the pie. There will be a lot of fighting over the distribution of the pie. Michigan's number one problem is low per capita income, which results in low tax revenue per capita. Governor Synder has improved the business climate. I want to improve the living climate in order to make Michigan more attractive concerning high paying jobs
At this time the state has an emergency manager law on the books defining the method in which it is to intervene. This is the method that should be followed unless it is replaced with something else. The state is suppose to pay for an EM when one is appointed, which is appropriate. I feel that dollars should not come attached with the initial intervention. Some state financial aid may be appropriate at some point depending on the circumstances. The goal is to solve the financial problem without imposing a burden on the rest of the state's taxpayers.
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The state's initial response was to cover up the Flint water crisis by alleged criminal activity. It does not get any worse. The state was then slow to acknowledge the problem and declare an emergency crisis. Now that the facts are out the state's response appears to be adequate. However, all the expenses are not known.
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The federal government has an established criteria to follow concerning situations such as Flint. They stated that they acted within those guidelines. How much aid and funding should the federal government provide? New criteria concerning federal action has to be established concerning situations such as what happened in Flint. Our representatives in Washington must act to get more federal aid for Flint.
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No. I am in favor of a graduated income tax. I am in favor of making all health insurance premiums paid with after tax dollars a subtractions from income item on the Michigan income tax return, and also the Federal income tax return. Governor Synder eliminated a lot of businesses taxes and recouped the tax revenue by taxing those least able to pay. Most Michigan taxpayers will be better off with a graduated state income tax. Michigan's Constitution does not allow for a graduated state income tax, but times have changed since 1963. I will proposed through legislative action that an amendment to the state constitution to allow a graduated income tax be placed on the ballot.
Yes. In Detroit the public and charter schools together are not currently or logically located where the students live. Many students do not have local neighborhood schools, and have a major transportation problem getting to school. A Detroit Educational Commission (DEC) should control the location of schools. A DEC should have the authority to close bad public and charter schools. A DEC should have the authority to prevent charter schools from opening that would be detrimental to good existing Detroit public schools.
The Detroit Free Press ran a very good series of articles detailing deficiencies in the way Michigan authorizes and regulates charter schools. Changes need to be made by the legislature governing charter schools. I am not an expert in this area. As a legislator I would rely on recommendations made by the Michigan Dept. of Education, and other experts who advocate for correcting the deficiencies pointed out by the Detroit Free Press. In the interim I propose that there be a moratorium on opening new charter schools.
Yes. Amending the above Act will improve the living climate in Michigan. Many large businesses want the Act amended. This is something that large businesses will consider when deciding where to make future investments for good high paying jobs, which is what Michigan needs. Above all it is the right thing to do to give everyone equal protection under the law.
No. The intent of recent state laws here and elsewhere is a response to the recent legalization of gay marriage and other rights that gays recently gained that were already enjoyed by everyone else. These historic changes should be accepted, and lets move on. Time heals the soul. Individual freedom, religious freedom, and the rule of law are foremost principles of this country. This country gives people a lot of room for their opinions and actions, but at times there are clashes. Laws should not formalize religious intolerance. Hopefully, civility and accommodation will prevail in the situations that caused this recent legislative activity.
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Yes. I feel that criteria should be established concerning the drawing of legislative districts. A non-partisan commission should draw the voting districts based on the established criteria.
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I support and will vote for the Democratic Party's presidential nominee.
Yes. In the history of our planet a species has recently become aware of the fact that they are damaging mother earth. Other species have previously had profound effects on their surroundings, but some Homo sapiens are the first to have the cognitive ability to scientifically gather the facts and formulate the concept of cause and effect. What is the politics behind conservative Republicans denying global warming? Living better is a complex human endeavor of using earth's resources, but not killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. The environment must be protected from too much adverse human activity for good health for all.
No. The felons in prison have committed criminal acts and were convicted. Fewer people would be jailed if marijuana were decriminalized. In select cases a shorter sentence or an earlier discharge would decrease prisoner load. The prison population would be reduced if the rate of recidivism could be reduced. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and reducing crime is the best approach, but how is that accomplished? Poverty and drug addiction are the etiologies of much criminal activity, and much needs to be done in these areas. Reducing the number of guns and gun violence would decrease the number entering prison, especially those serving long terms or life.
City of residence Rochester Hills
Age 38
Family Wife Julia, Son James
Education BA in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University
Vehicles owned 2009 Pontiac Torrent
Professional Experience Legislative Staff person in MI State Government. Licensed Insurance Agent Rochester Hills City Council 2007-2014
Political Experience State Representative 2015-2016 Rochester Hills City Council 2007-2014
Race/ethnicity White
Campaign Website http://www.webberforstaterep
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The state is taking their obligation seriously to pay down the MPSERs liability that is on the books. Making some of these payments helps the districts, the retirees and the taxpayers.
I know that the MML is currently reviewing this and will make some recommendations to the legislature. As a former City Councilman for seven years I take this issue seriously. We do need to continue to fund Revenue Sharing and there was an increase in that for this next budget.
The city, township, or village is a product of the state and the residents are residents of the state. So the state has an obligation to step in if city services are not getting to residents. I think the question of dollars attached is really a case by case basis.
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I think that the initial response was not very good in terms of what needed to be done to improve the situation for our neighbors in Flint. The legislature has approved every request made regarding money for this crisis that has come before us. The legislature also held hearings on a bi-partisan basis to make sure that we understand what went wrong and make sure it never happens again.
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Again, I don't think either the state or the federal government acted quickly enough to identify what steps had to be taken to improve the situation in a timely fashion. I also thought that at the EPA level, there was a lot of finger pointing at the state which did not help the situation.
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I would support a reduction in the state income tax back down to 3.9% because it was raised during the previous governor's administration with the expectation that it would be lowered back down to 3.9 after a few years and that reduction never took place.
I would support a DEC concept but with far less power to open and close schools that what was proposed. Getting schools in areas of Detroit that need schools needs to be a priority. But it is not helped with former DPS school buildings that are deed restricted that the City now owns.
There has to be greater accountability in terms of charter schools and better vetting of the authorizers. But the state needs to do that and not a DEC type entity.
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The legislative district lines are drawn by the legislature and not political parties.
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There is a place for renewable energy such as solar, wind, etc. But I am not supportive of a further mandate at this time.
I think that we keep people in prison longer in Michigan and that our parole process is different to other states that appear to be tough on crime like Texas. I am a supporter of Presumptive Parole that passed the House and I think we can look at other ways such as looking at our elderly prison population, etc.

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