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Michigan Representative District 57

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    Bronna Kahle
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    Harvey E. Schmidt
    (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 Clinton
Mailing Address PO Box 681
Adrian, MI 49221
Age 48
Family Married 25 years to Patrick and we are grateful for our two children, Ben & Rebekah, and Ben's wife Savanna.
Education Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, MBA from Baker College, and a graduate of Michigan Excellence in Public Service Series.
Vehicles owned 2010 Ford Fusion 2015 Chevy Cruze
Professional Experience Served as Director of the Adrian Senior Center, small business owner, and active community volunteer for the Lenawee Walk to End Alzheimer's, Associated Charities of Lenawee, Zonta of Lenawee, Habitat for Humanity's Neighborhood Rehabilitation Initiative, the Adrian Symphony Orchestra and at church.
Political Experience No previous elected positions.
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
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In general, local governments know how to best serve their community. However, some form of state-over-locality oversight may be necessary for distressed cities and school districts. I talk to Michigan citizens every day that want a government that is more efficient, more effective, and more accountable. Accountability and transparency is a must, particularly in our distressed cities and school districts. The people of Michigan work hard for their income and government has a responsibility to work just as hard to protect it.
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Looking at the financial impact to our entire state and the undo suffering placed on some Flint residents, this situation offers many important lessons: the need for communities to address aging infrastructure, the value of responsibility and accountability in government at all levels, and the important elf action steps and policies to keep our communities safe and healthy. What happened in Flint is a tragedy. As a mom, I can't imagine being in that situation. It should have never happened and mistakes were made a variety of levels; however, I do think the state has made a good faith effort now to work with the city to come up with real, long-term solutions for local residents and families.
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The recent divisive rhetoric coming from national politicians on this issue is damaging for further work that needs to be done to help the city and the residents of Flint. Moving forward, increased accountability measures and standards must be in place.
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The State has a constitutional responsibility to provide an education to all school aged children in the state and all children deserve a quality education regardless of zip code. I do not support the idea of a city mayor appointed DEC.
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I oppose all discrimination, whether for religious beliefs, race, gender or sexual orientation. We simply need to treat one another with respect and everyone needs to be treated equally under the law.
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I have not signed a public pledge.
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City of residence Tecumseh, MI
Age 65
Family I am the youngest of 10 children. I have been married for 43 years to my wife Pat and we have 3 grown sons, 2 daughters-in-law and 4 grandchildren
Education Graduate of Ferris State University with a BS Degree in Pharmacy
Vehicles owned 2010 Buick LaCrosse 2008 Saturn In addition in my business operations I own a total of 5 vehicles that are combination of General Motors or Ford vehicles.
Professional Experience I have owned and operated Schmidt & Sons Pharmacies in the 57th HD for nearly 40 years. I was appointed to the Michigan Board of Pharmacy for 2 four year terms by Governor Jennifer Granholm. I have been named Michigan's Pharmacist of the Year by the Michigan Pharmacists Association as well National Pharmacist of the Year by the Good Neighbor Pharmacy association of pharmacies.
Political Experience I served for 15 years as a Tecumseh City Councilman followed by 10 years as its Mayor ending in 2010 when I ran for the first time for State Representative for the 57 HD.
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
Campaign Website http://harveyschmidt.com
Incumbent? false
It is important at all times that the playing field be kept level whether it be in how the state funds schools or other entities but it is especially important with school funding. The legislature has passed legislation that is moving us closer to privatizing education by expanding charter schools and cyber schools and encouraging the privatization of non-instructional jobs in schools. The state should reduce the MPSERS cap for public school districts to near zero so the dollars currently covering those caps can be redirected to the classroom where the real work in educating our children occurs.
As City Councilman and Mayor of the City of Tecumseh, one of my greatest frustrations in trying to balance the local budget was the unreliability of predicting what the statutory revenue sharing payments might be in the coming year. More than once our council would adopt a budget in May based on projected sales tax revenues only to have the people in Lansing change the formula or make a percentage reduction in earned revenue sharing to the cities based on their budget short falls. Fully funding statutory revenue sharing would allow municipalities to make decisions at the local level on how funds should be best spent to serve the people they were elected to represent.
I believe the voting public in any municipality should have some democratic control over its elected officials or an Emergency Manager appointed by the state.
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I believe the decisions made to make the switch to the Flint river were based on economic and not human factors. The slow response, once again based on the perceived need to control budget costs, has led to an undeterminable cost to the health and welfare of an entire community. Even now with the appropriations in place, the money will not start flowing into Flint until the new fiscal year starts in October.
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I believe the Federal government could have reacted more swiftly to force the state into action once they knew there was a problem with the drinking water in Flint. I believe it will be important going for the Federal government to provide more funding for repairs and updating Flint's water system.
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I believe in recent years there has been a shift away from placing the focus on the needs of young families and seniors in our state and changing that focus on lowering the tax liabilities of large corporations. Our seniors are now paying taxes on their retirement incomes because the exemptions and deductions they once benefitted from have been taken away; not to mention a reduction in and a restriction in the eligibility for the Homestead Property Tax Credit. Young families have lost the $600 per child income tax deduction that was once available to them and because they are at the lower end in their lifetime earning potential they are paying a higher percentage of their income in taxes.
Yes, it is important that the community be involved in the public school system, especially after years of state control.
I believe the authority to authorize charters should be in the hand s of the State Superintendent for Public Instruction and barring that at minimum there should be penalties put in place for those authorizers who do not adequately address the issues that arises with charters with substandard performance.
No one should ever be discriminated against.
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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. While a believe a non-partisan redistricting commission could be achieved through a number of different scenarios, I strongly support legislation that has been introduced this session in the House that would achieve this goal- HR4800 (Moss) & HJR AA (Hoadley). The bills and resolution have not to this day been given committee hearings.
As a licensed healthcare provider I respect the authority of the State and Federal governments in these matters and in this matter I defer to Federal government. I respect the vote of the people of Michigan to legal the medical use of marijuana and believe there is a basis for its use in treating certain health conditions. Because of this, once the Federal regulatory agencies make a definitive decision on the legality of the drug I believe it would be important for there to be a method of regulating the sale of and standardization of the commercial products being sold whether for medial or recreational use. This kind of approach would go a long way to assure the publics safety.
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Yes. Based on the opinion of many experts who believe it is possible to raise Michigan's renewable energy standard to 20 percent by 2022, I support that goal.
I believe there is a need to reform Michigan's sentencing practices and guidelines. Once incarcerated I believe it is equally important to develop programs that lift the prisoners up instead of those that beat them down. We have to do what we can to stop the revolving door of recidivism. At all times we need to maintain public safety but I also believe that we need to stop treating mental illness and drug addictions as crimes and treat them more as they illnesses they are. There should be consequences for those who cause public harm while using drugs or alcohol or who harm someone as a result of a psychotic episode but care must to taken to address these conditions before that happens.

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