Issues

Issues

Our Economy

Michigan spends far too much of our money trying to pick businesses, rather than creating an atmosphere that attracts businesses to Michigan.  We should have a competitive tax structure that attracts businesses and workers to Michigan. We want the economy to thrive, not because of funding from government programs, but because Michigan is a great state to do business in.

Our Roads

Michigan is one of the most expensive places to drive in the country. We have the 6th highest gas tax, the most expensive auto insurance in the country, and we are barely keeping up with preserving our roads, let alone making long-term investments.  We can do better.

Our Future

In order to protect our future we need to think ahead. Now is the time to drop the Headlee cap! What does this do for Michigan? It locks in how much Michigan can spend of your money.  The Headlee amendment ensures that state revenue can’t grow past 9.5% of total personal income.  By locking in a lower rate, we can protect Michigan’s future.  Libertarian candidate for Governor, Bill Gelineau, proposes lowering the the Headlee Cap from 9.49% to 8.55% – a 10% reduction. I support his plan.

Our Children

I care about Michigan families. Who knows what’s best for your kids? That’s right. You do. As your representative I will fight to make sure that you are the one in charge of your kids’ upbringing, education, and care.  I will also fight to make sure that family courts are making decisions that are in the best interest of our children.

Our Hungry and Homeless

1 in 9 people in Kent county receive food stamps. Many of the schools in my district qualify for the USDA’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which means they receive free breakfast and lunch. In order to qualify for the CEP the school must have at least 40% of their student body eligible for public assistance. These figures are of substantial concern for me.

According to Grand Rapids Area Coalition to End Homelessness most recent data, 4,602 people were literally homeless, meaning they were “staying in a shelter, on the streets, or living in a place not fit for habitation”.

I care about food insecurity and homelessness; however, the solutions are not simple handouts that only serve to enable families and make people dependent on government. I plan to address these concerns by strengthening our economy, our community, and making it easy for community-based programs to help.

Independent Ideas

Because my ideas are not attached to a party agenda – I am neither a Republican or Democrat – I believe that I will bring more to the table.  I prefer practical solutions over idealistic ones, and believe I can work with both parties to serve the people in my district best.

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