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Michigan Representative District 54

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    Kevin Jardine
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    Ronnie D. Peterson
    (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 Ypsilanti, MI
Age 27
Education Huron High School (H.S. Diploma), Pensacola Christian College, Faith Bible Institute (Cert. of Completion)
Professional Experience Management, sales, customer service, retail, marketing, and server management/IT
Political Experience Campaign Manager (2010), Political Analyst/Asst. Campaign Manager (2014), Township Trustee Candidate (2014)
Incumbent? false
First, the state should require a mandatory sequester of no less than 10% for a minimum of 4 years for any municipality/school district whose solvency is imminently endangered. Secondly, the state should require the implementation of a multi-year budgeting plan/rainy-day fund. Should these two requirements be met, the state would then be free to assist in a short-term financial loan, to help alleviate any financial strains on said municipality/school district.
Yes, I feel it is adequate.
The state should have a bi-partisan committee formed for municipal emergency intervention. The state should also prepare emergency stratagem and budget a rainy day account for such issues, managed by said committee, to help guide the struggling city and regain its financial supervision.
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The state should have had preventative quality checks and maintenance every 5 to 10 years, to ensure the integrity and quality of the major water lines, thereby preventing lead from the aging pipes to leach into the water supply.
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The federal government should be the one to hold the states accountable for their preventative quality checks and maintenance on their major water pipes
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No. I believe that Michigan's tax system punishes the middle class and reinforces the rich. I would support tentatively moving Michigan to a flat tax with no deductions or credits. This would eliminate almost all of the complexity behind the state tax codes, as well as the need for filing any exemptions. The flat tax would be part of a transitional phase to gradually move Michigan to an all-encompassing sales/usage tax instead of an income tax. Whereas a flat tax is more fair than a progressive income tax, the most fair tax system is the sales/usage tax; where you only get taxed on what you buy instead of getting taxed on the money that you earn.
Yes. It is very apparent that the Detroit Public School system has neglected its sole duty of making sure that its students receive a well-rounded, quality education, and that any internal reform initiation has either failed or been eschewed completely. Therefore, due to woeful mismanagement, it is necessary that another governing body take over to reform DPS in its stead.
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Yes. Incarceration is fine if used for violent or likely-violent criminals; however, those who do not pose a danger to society, yet still owe the justice system, should be reprimanded by way of fines, public service, and, in some circumstances, an option for unpaid/reduced pay military service.
City of residence Ypsilanti Township
Age 63
Family Gloria Peterson, Wife
Education Ypsilanti High School, Diploma Central Michigan University, B.S. Community Development / Public Administration
Vehicles owned 2014 Lincoln MKX 2016 Ford Escape
Professional Experience Commissioner, Washtenaw County Political Director, AFSCME Michigan Council 25 Public Health Educator, Washtenaw County
Political Experience Washtenaw County Commissioner Ypsilanti City Council, Council Member Michigan Democratic Party, Executive Board Member Michigan Democratic Party, State Central Committee Member
Race/ethnicity African American
Campaign Website http://peterson4rep.com
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The state should ensure the fiscal solvency of school districts as a general principle. Districts should be monitored for their fiscal well-being and required to operate on a sound financial basis. When districts are distressed the state should intervene to protect previously negotiated financial obligations made to retirees with supplemental funding. The type of funding should be a product of the legislative process.
The state needs to make drastic changes in its philosophy regarding assisting municipalities. As the MSU white paper, "Beyond State Takeovers" pointed out, the state must reverse the emphasis on cost cutting and minimizing taxes and shift to investing in cities and improving vital services. The "Flint Water Crisis" can be attributed in large measure to Emergency Managers' focusing on cost cutting instead of exploring ways to improve the city's fiscal condition and rebuilding its infrastructure and services. The reduction in state municipal revenue sharing and limitations on local property taxes and fees has wreaked havoc on local government finances. We need to increase funding for cities.
The Emergency Manager law has failed and only succeeded in disenfranchising local communities by taking their self-government rights away. I could support MSU's white paper "Beyond State Takeovers" recommendation of creating a state agency that partners with cities to provide technical assistance on fiscal management. This agency would go beyond the Treasury Department's Office of Fiscal Management and be adequately resourced to provide much need financial support, guidance and technical expertise to complement local municipalities efforts. I would support an independent agency not tied to the revenue sharing process that is empowered with supporting distressed communities.
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The state refused initially to take responsibility for the Flint water crisis. They rebuked FOIA requests for information regarding the problem and later attempted to shift responsibility for the crisis to the U.S. EPA. There is much evidence to support the idea that there were inequities in handling of the crisis because Flint is a poor, African American city that votes for Democrats. The governor's staff were aware of the crisis yet did little to mitigate the health hazard it posed to the community. State government has to be held to a higher standard in how it treats citizens. We also need more accountability and transparency in government.
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The local Flint EPA consultant responded swiftly and properly to the Flint water crisis. The Regional EPA Director, on the other hand, responded politically and did not engage the DEQ professionally to help mitigate the crisis. It is reprehensible and inexcusable that the EPA did not contact the DEQ to inform them that they were in violation of Safe Drinking Water Act regulations and provide whatever assistance appropriate to protect citizens and remedy the situation. The EPA should be required to step in immediately to inform the state DEQ about violations or substandard management of safe drinking water processes. The EPA should be held to a higher degree of accountability and transparency
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I filed for bankruptcy but withdrew the petition and settled my accounts outside the judicial system.
No, I believe the current tax policy is poorly designed. Seniors, middle class and working class families are underwriting tax cuts for businesses and corporations. The governor's tax cuts for corporations have not only shifted the tax burden to working people but resulted in less funding available to invest in improving services and increasing opportunities for better Pre-K-12 public schools, and affordable higher educations for our children.
Yes I support the Detroit Educational Commission and charging it with the authority to open and close traditional public and charter schools.
There should be much tighter requirements for establishing charter schools and more transparency regarding financial disclosure of their ownership, their authorizing entities and sub-contractors. Charter schools that refuse to comply with transparency or financial disclosure standards should be subject to penalties or closure. We also need to implement more oversight, conflict of interest requirements, and ethics standards for charter schools and their boards of directors. As Rep. Sarah Roberts suggests current policies do not adequately govern the way charter schools are authorized or managed.
Yes, I believe the LGBT community is entitled to the same rights as all Michigan citizens.
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Yes. I believe an independent non-partisan commission should be formed to draw legislative lines. Political parties are inherently biased and will also draw districts that favor their interests.
Yes I believe recreational marijuana use should be decriminalized but subject to regulation and appropriate taxation.
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Yes I believe renewal energy mandates should be a priority for Michigan energy producers.
Yes we incarcerate too many people. I think we should re-assess sentencing guidelines and incarceration of victimless crime offenders and explore alternative programs for youthful offenders. I also believe we should invest more funding in community policing, crime prevention and programs that curtail poverty and offer more educational and job-training opportunities for potential offenders.

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