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Michigan Representative District 60

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  • Logan Fleckenstein
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    Jon Hoadley
    (Dem)

  • Alexander Ross
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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?

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City of residence Kalamazoo, MI
Age 32
Family Kris Dieterman, Partner, Benjamin, Wold's Friendliest Beagle
Education B.A. In Social Relations (Public Policy), and B.A. in Women's Studies, both from Michigan State University in 2006
Vehicles owned Chevy Cobalt 2009
Professional Experience President of Badlands Strategies (public affairs firm) 2011-Present. Director of Advocacy, Publicus 2009-2011. Executive Director, National Stonewall Democrats 2007-2009. Campaign Manager, South Dakotans Against Discrimination 2006.
Political Experience I am currently the state representative for the 60th district in Michigan, serving the City Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Township, and a portion of the City of Portage. I have served on various local boards and committees, including the Kalamazoo Downtown Noise Task Force, the Kalamazoo County Democratic Party Executive Board, the board of the Michigan Democratic Party Justice Caucus, and other Michigan Democratic Party caucuses. In 2012 I managed the campaign for Justice Bridget Mary McCormack. I managed the ballot initiative campaign to defend Kalamazoo’s nondiscrimination ordinance, and worked on similar campaigns in Royal Oak and across the country. I also served as the Executive Director of the National Stonewall Democrats, worked for the Gill Action Fund, and managed South Dakotans Against Discrimination.
Race/ethnicity White
Campaign Website http://www.jonhoadley.com
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The financial obligations in and of themselves are not threatening the solvency of various municipalities and schools districts. A balance sheet has two sides--revenue and expenditures. Michigan's municipal finance system is broken. We've starved our cities while increasing revenue to the state. To ensure against long-term insolvency, we need to make sure we're restoring revenue to our cities while looking for appropriate future cost control measures.
The state is not adequately funding our cities to ensure safety and service delivery. We have seen year after year of inflation-adjusted revenue sharing allocation decreases. While most municipalities have done their best to downsize, increase efficiencies, and cut expenses, it is irrational to think we can still provide the same, let alone expanded, level of service with declining dollars.

We need to allow municipalities more flexibility in how they generate revenue as well as prioritizing revenue sharing at the state level.
When cities are struggling, some state intervention is appropriate. However, our current emergency manager law is failing and should be repealed. The assumption of the current law is that through cuts alone emergency managers can bring a municipality into solvency. This does not work. Other states assign additional revenue streams to support emergency managers, allowing the distressed communities an opportunity to reinvest in the infrastructure or amenities that will make the communities more attractive and vibrant for economic development.
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The state was both slow and opaque in its handling of the Flint water crisis. After producing a report, we adjourned for the summer before acting on the recommendations. We need to fix the pipes. We should prioritize pipe removal and replacement while continuing to invest in wrap-around services for those impacted.
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We have a significant crisis in Flint and we have seen very little federal response. While many of our members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have tried to act, we have yet to see the level of investment necessary to solve the problem.

Ultimately, the federal government needs to reinvest in lead removal both for Flint and for hundreds of similar communities across the country.
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No. Our flat tax is regressive and we've seen significant cost shifting from business taxes to higher individual taxes since Gov. Snyder took office. We should look at expanding the tax base by asking all sectors of the economy to pay their share, which would simultaneously allow us to lower the rate. Additionally, I support a progressive tax structure such as the model proposed by Rep. Jim Townsend.
Yes. While the specific details of the commission need to be finalized, the educational marketplace needs some form of regulation to ensure bad actors are not stealing tax-payer dollars while robbing students of a quality education. However, I would recommend that the threshold for creating such a regulating body be not limited to Detroit. Rather, we should have the same set of rules for all our communities in the state, with some level of triggering threshold.
All schools should operate by the same set of rules. Currently, charter schools do not have the same level of transparency as public schools. I would also support some form of certificate of need to prevent the production of excess capacity in various educational markets.
Yes. I'm the primary sponsor of the bill to expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. I have been a champion on these issues for over ten years, helping to pass dozens of similar ordinances across the state.
The original federal law struck an appropriate compromise to protect state intrusion against private religious acts, which I would support. However, recent court cases have radically expanded the law to allow some individuals operating in the open market to opt-out of basic laws designed to protect everyone's civil rights. We must return to an appropriate balance that retains our freedom to worship with our civil liberties.
While I have answered numerous questionnaires, I take my oath to the Constitution as my most important public policy pledge. To the best of my knowledge, I have not taken any public policy pledges that I feel would be in conflict in voting on a piece of public policy to the best of my abilities.
Yes. I am the primary sponsor on legislation that would create a nonpartisan redistricting commission. We are the only major democracy in the world where the elected leaders can select which voters they would like in their districts, as opposed to having voters pick their elected leaders. We should take this decision out of the hands of legislators and place it in the hands of a nonpartisan commission.
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Yes. Every prisoner in Michigan costs the state approximately $35,000 per year. We lock too many folks up for nonviolent drug offenses. Additionally, our prison sentences are approximately 25% longer than neighboring states. We should look for ways to divert more first time offenders into specialty courts, like our veteran courts or drug treatment courts, and invest in prisoner reentry programs to reduce recidivism rates.
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