16 Oct

Libertarian Patty Malowney Challenges Republican Tommy Brann on Key Issues to Voters in District 77 House Race


Libertarian Patty Malowney Challenges Republican Tommy Brann on Key Issues to Voters in District 77 House Race

WYOMING, Michigan – Patty Malowney, candidate for state representative, sets herself apart from Republican Tommy Brann on important issues to voters, including her pledge to not raise taxes and her support of Proposal 1.

The single mom says, “Democrats have no representation in this race. The Democrat is not knocking on doors, not fund-raising and has been a no-show for debates.” Malowney also states that she has has major differences with the Republican candidate Tommy Brann.

Malowney pledges that she will absolutely not raise taxes, but instead prioritize government spending. Unlike Brann who said “I think it’s a dangerous pledge to sign,” she believes in libertarian principles of smaller government. She says these differences are why voters are getting behind the third party candidate.

“When I talk to voters about the need for a small, efficiently run government that focuses on our priorities first, they get it,” Malowney explains.

Malowney says she has knocked on thousands of doors and has support from both Republicans and Democrats. Women in the community relate with her. Tracy Cherry, who describes herself as a fellow hard-working single mother, says, “I see a lot of myself in Patty. We need someone with her passion and motivation.”

Ken Richards, a Wyoming supporter, believes Patty will make a difference in our community. He says, “Patty is the type of person that is willing to go beyond her boundaries to make a difference where others have failed.”

Malowney says her priorities are Michigan’s roads and schools but recognizes that Proposal 1 is an important issue for Michigan voters. For voters like Rick Jekel, Proposal 1 is his single issue. While he is not a marijuana smoker himself, he recognizes the need for marijuana legalization and says, “I can’t support a candidate who doesn’t publicly support Proposal 1.” Many voters share his sentiment.

Malowney says she is a passionate, freedom-loving mom, and believes her grassroots efforts will pay off in November.


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07 Oct

Michigan State Representative 77th District Candidate Forum

Please share this video. I think you will see clear differences between myself and candidate Tommy Brann. You will also notice the Democrat did not attend the debate. I am the best candidate for the 77th District.
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24 Sep

Why I Support Shared Parenting in Michigan

On Wednesday, October 10, I am going to be in Lansing attending the Capitols for Kids event hosted by Americans for Equal Shared Parenting and AFESP Michigan.  I’d like to talk a little bit about why I support House Bill 4691, (Shared Parenting or 50/50 parenting).  I believe the goal of family court is to preserve the family.  I believe children need and deserve to have their mother, father, siblings, and extended family in their lives.

Fairness in family court:

Currently, custody determinations are made by a judge, rather than being based on Constitutional rights. Both parents deserve equal time with their children.  In many cases a mother is given custody simply because she is the mom. This is not fair to fathers or children Additionally, family lawyers don’t work to resolve custody issues as there is money to be gained by dragging a custody dispute out. By making the baseline 50/50 parenting time, we eliminate the inequity in family court, lawyers fees, and courtroom resources.  In order to remove shared custody a parent will have to provide clear and compelling evidence for why it should be removed.

Save taxpayer money:

According to Michigan Department of Health & Human Services 2015 report, our child support collection program costs taxpayers $234.4 million per year (67% is federally funded, 16.5% state funded, and 16.4% county funded).  It costs $1 of taxpayer money to collect $5.76 of child support. How much could be saved by having 50/50 custody arrangements, eliminating the need for child support in many cases?

Undue burdens on parents:

The penalties child support providers pay for getting behind on child support are too high and do little to actually help the children. Approximately 67 percent of support cases are past due. Jail time or taking away a parent’s Driver’s License does more harm than good. How is a parent expected to work and provide child support if they can’t drive to work or are placed in jail?  I believe having fairer courtrooms where parents have 50/50 custody will eliminate many of the issues in family court.

We need a new baseline:

Parents need to go into child-raising with the understanding that custody will be split 50/50 just like marital property is. A parent should not be profiting off of another parent because of having a child together.

Will shared parenting work?  Deanna Kloostra, a Michigan divorce coach, questions whether or not this will change anything.  She is not the only one that has expressed concerns to me. The main concerns I have heard are in regard to  domestic abuse and child abuse.  Some fear it will make a woman afraid to divorce her husband.  Additionally, some think that the courts will just find a way around this, and others question whether it’s best for parents to share custody equally.  I hope to post a follow up to this post in the future as the shared parenting bill will be hopefully be reintroduced in the Senate.

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24 Sep

Is the Government Responsible for Fixing Generational Poverty?

Recently, I had a lengthy conversation on my personal Facebook page regarding generational poverty.  I would like to talk about that subject and what the government’s role is. People have asked me what my plan is to end generational dependence on welfare.  I want to explain a simple concept — our government was not created to take care of people’s problems. Generational dependence was caused by government, and won’t be fixed by government solutions. Do I believe in a safety net? Yes, but like most people I believe it should be short term. This may not be a Libertarian idea. I will admit that. However, I didn’t put the safety net in place, so I have to work with where we are at.  Government has never created a solution to poverty. The bigger our government grows, the bigger the divide grows between those who are poor and those who are wealthy. I am not oblivious to the problem, I just disagree on the solution.

How do people get of poverty and whose responsibility is it to end the cycle?  I get a little emotional when people who have never struggled talk about poverty (and responsibility). Many of them grew up in good homes with parents who modeled responsibility for them. Having been on both sides of poverty, I understand that people in poor homes may not have the same opportunities or role models. However, this does not mean they can’t be successful adults or break out from this cycle. Look at any successful person and you will see hard work and perseverance have a lot to do with a person’s success.  This is not something government can do for a person.

I am not going to talk about how government fixes poverty because we don’t! I am going to talk about how government creates poverty.  Things people need to get out of poverty — incentive to work and improve their lives, a good education, affordable housing, and inertia! Yes, if you want to do better in life, you need to change. The government can’t do it for you. This post goes out to the college kids working two jobs, the single moms and dads working hard to pay their bills to provide their children with a better life, and the people who sacrifice to change their lives.  I believe you are capable of changing your lives and I don’t believe the government needs to do it for you.

Welfare programs create dependence on government.  When it makes more sense to stay home than to work, we create dependence.  As a single mother I understand how expensive raising a child is. But I also don’t think it is the government’s job to care for my children.  How do we change this? Should poor children and families be starved off of welfare? I don’t think like that. We can’t undo the problem we created by just ripping the safety net out, but we can make sure our kids go to good schools and have opportunities.  I believe in our public schools and that education is where we start.

I have talked to a lot of voters about choice in education. I believe our children deserve a quality education where they not only learn how to read and write ,but learn necessary life skills. I do not believe a successful education is measured simply by how children score on a test, but rather how prepared they are for life. Teachers and parents play a bigger part in a child’s success than any government program and I believe our kids’  education is the starting point for addressing poverty. There are, of course, other things we need to do, but the solution to poverty is not more government.

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21 Jun

Libertarian Single Mom Patty Malowney Seeks to Unseat Republican Tommy Brann in District 77 Michigan House Race

FOR RELEASE June 25, 2018

Libertarian Single Mom Patty Malowney Seeks to Unseat Republican Tommy Brann in District 77 Michigan House Race

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – In what’s likely to become one of the more hard-fought races in the 2018 Michigan House election, Wyoming resident Patty Malowney is taking head-on incumbent Republican Tommy Brann

“I like Tommy personally,” said Malowney. “He seems to be a nice guy. But I think residents in the Wyoming and Byron Township area deserve more effective and inclusive leadership, especially on issues critical to all voters: better roads, better schools, lower-cost auto insurance, parents’ rights, family court reform, and more freedom under the Constitution. When I talk to voters in my district, these are the issues they tell me they are most interested in, the issues that affect them personally.”

Malowney admits it was those issues that drove her to get into the political race – even though politics is not one of her favorite endeavors.

“I’m not a natural politician,” she said. “I’m just a regular person who has experienced enough of life to know there are better ways to do things, ways that don’t get mired in the political process. I believe I have the skills and the personality necessary to get things done.”

Getting things done is Malowney’s strong suit.

I am a single mother of five children. Also, I am the co-founder of the popular website,” she said. “I’ve had to work hard to pull myself out of poverty. It takes passion and determination and leadership skills, especially regarding having to, at times, overcome terrible bureaucracy created by our elected officials. Like all of us, I have watched government grow bigger and bigger, and take away more of our freedom, not to mention our ability to achieve happiness. Because I’ve experienced struggles first hand, I don’t think anyone is going to fight harder for families, and to help make the quality of our lives better by making government work for us, instead of against us.” 

Although she sees strengths in both of the major political parties, it’s the Libertarian Party where Malowney feels most at home, citing its reliance on the Constitution, freedom, liberty, and limited government as the reasons for her candidacy as a Libertarian.

In keeping with her hands-on, can-do attitude, Malowney believes the best way to lead is to listen to people, which is why she spends much of her time going door to door in her district, meeting people and asking them what issues are most important to them.

It’s not easy knocking on all these doors,” she said. “But I can’t do a good job in Lansing if I don’t take the time to get to know my constituents. So that’s my goal: to meet as many people as I can, get to know them and the issues that are important to them, and then share why I believe I’m the best candidate in this race. I’ve met wonderful people, most of whom have said they will remember me when they vote on Tuesday, November 6th.”


For more information, please contact

Patty Malowney, candidate for the 77th District

616.437.9466 (phone)


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07 Jun

Patty on The Mad Statist Podcast

Patty Malowney was featured on The Mad Statist Podcast.
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29 May

Patty Malowney Talks About Mom Issues

Michigan moms get together with state rep candidate Patty Malowney to talk about mom issues, homeschooling, and family rights.

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20 May

The Struggle to Find Affordable Housing in Grand Rapids

Millennials Struggle to Find Affordable Housing in Grand Rapids

There is currently a big push for an increase in minimum wage. In my earlier discussion about minimum wage, I talked about how the problem wasn’t with wages, but rather the high cost of living in Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids is currently one of the hottest housing markets. People want to live in Grand Rapids and the housing market reflects this. According to a 2017 report by Trulia, Grand Rapids ranked 11th in the country for job growth and ranked 17th for its share of millennial households. Grand Rapids is the place to be right now and there is not enough housing to meet the demand. What this means for Grand Rapids renters and home buyers is that rent and home prices are going up!

We are trying to attract talent and workers to this area, we have the job growth but people can’t find rent that matches their income. The big problem right now is that the housing market both in home sales and rentals is not meeting the demand for people seeking mid-priced housing. Because of this people are paying over asking prices when buying homes. Ask anyone who’s recently bought a home in the area and they will tell you how hard it is to buy a mid-range priced home.

Rent is also going up. Because tenants are staying put, this leaves less available houses and apartments for rent. The remaining rentals are going up in price because of the demand.

Why is rent so high and what can we do about it?

Zoning laws, government regulation, and high property taxes kill affordable housing

Non homestead property owners pay around 30% higher taxes than homestead property owners. This increase in taxes is passed on to renters. Thus, it costs more to rent a home than it does to buy. In addition, there is not enough new development in affordable housing.

Should government provide the answers?

Let me start by saying that we need to change our mindset that it is the government’s responsibility to create lower rent. Housing supply and demand should dictate rent prices. However, we are doing numerous things to slow down growth in the housing market. Without new houses, new apartment buildings, and growth, there will continue to be a shortage. This shortage will continue to drive up the price of rent. Millennials are finding jobs and settling down in West Michigan. We have the job growth, now to allow room for growth in affordable housing.

There is never a simple answer to complicated problems. When planning for growth, property owners also have concerns. Anything that creates room for more affordable housing, might also compromise property values for current owners. Remember the big housing bust of 2008? Nobody wants to see a repeat of this. However, if we want our area to grow in talent and population, we need to allow for solutions for affordable housing.

Homelessness and affordable housing are issues that are completely intertwined and issues that I am passionate about fixing in this area. There have been contentious discussions locally regarding planning and accommodating growth in the area. While zoning laws are a local issue, some legislators have started to look into state-level solutions. We need to be mindful of both the current residents (their home values, their concerns for their community), while still looking out for residents that are in need of affordable housing.

I would like to see Grand Rapids continue to grow, improve the supply of affordable housing, and without state government dictating how they should do it. We have a great community and are capable of finding solutions to bring down rent and allow for more affordable housing development.

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10 May

You Can’t Minimum Wage Your Way to a Better Life

Recently I was approached by someone asking me to sign a petition to raise the minimum wage in Michigan. People can’t live on minimum wage. To fix this many think we should raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. If you disagree, people think you don’t care. I do not support raising the minimum wage. And I do care. You cannot minimum wage your way to a better life.

You Can’t Minimum Wage Your Way to a Better Life: Should we Raise the Minimum Wage in Michigan?

Why can’t people make it on minimum wage?

Rent is too highThe rental market in Grand Rapids is so hot right now that some areas have gone up by 20% in the last year, according to Zillow.

Car insurance is too high. Michigan has the highest auto insurance rates in the country.

Gas prices are too high. Michigan has the 6th highest gas tax in the country.

The cost of an education is too high.

There aren’t enough good paying jobs.

You have to have a college degree for jobs that shouldn’t take a degree to do.

But, we aren’t talking about minimum wage here anyway. Only about 1% of the population makes minimum wage. We are talking about people who are struggling to make a living on less than $15 an hour. Someone has picked $15 an hour as the set point for “a living wage”.

When I got my first job the minimum wage was $3.25, my first apartment was around $200 a month and gas was $.89 a gallon. Now minimum wage in Michigan is $9.25, average rent for an apartment in Grand Rapids is $1016 and gas is around $2.89 a gallon (depending on the day). Minimum wage has nearly tripled but people still can’t make a living on it.

The problem isn’t the wage; it’s how much it costs to live!

What will raising minimum wage do to Michigan’s economy?

We will lose jobs. If employers are paying more per employee, we will lose businesses and jobs. Why should businesses pay more for employees when they can go elsewhere? In addition, they may turn more jobs over to automation rather than pay the high price of wages.

It will result in inflation. Everything in our economy is based on supply and demand. When the government manipulates this, businesses will adjust prices to offset the cost of paying their employees. We can tell a business to pay employees more but we can’t stop them from them from raising their prices or scaling back their workforce.

It’s unfair. It’s unfair to workers. Now all of a sudden anyone making $15 an hour will be making the same as people who may have no job skills or work experience. Perhaps they worked hard to move up in their company and now they are making the same as someone making minimum wage.

What can we do to help workers make a wage they can live on?

Reduce the red tape and change the tax laws so that our housing market matches demand, and rent goes down!

Get rid of no-fault insurance in Michigan so that people can afford car insurance.

Lower the gas tax in Michigan so that people can afford to drive in Michigan.

Improve the business climate in Michigan so we have more companies thriving and creating jobs in Michigan.

Change the way we run our schools and colleges. We spend far too much time pushing and financing the college-education lie. Young adults are in over their heads in student loan debt because they were told if they went to college they would get a good job. We need to rethink our education system. Bring education back to basics and create opportunities for our graduates to get jobs in fields where they can actually make a living.

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04 May

Michigan is Inching in On Homeschooling Rights

Michigan is one of the best states in the country to homeschool in. Parents are not required to register with the state or have any contact with school officials. In 2015, two Detroit children were found dead in a freezer after being withdrawn from school two years earlier. The mother claimed the children were homeschooled. Because Michigan does not require homeschooled children to be registered with the state, homeschooling came under scrutiny. The Michigan House introduced a bill to keep closer tabs on homeschooling families. In addition to requiring families to register with the state, this bill would have required that they be seen twice a year by a professional (such as a social worker or physician). This bill and other bills that have attempted to force homeschool families to register with the state have also failed.

School District Funding and Homeschooling Partnerships

Michigan’s constitution contains the Blaine Amendment which clearly prohibits state funding of non-public education.

“No public monies or property shall be appropriated or paid or any public credit utilized, by the legislature or any other political subdivision or agency of the state directly or indirectly to aid or maintain any private, denominational or other nonpublic, pre-elementary, elementary, or secondary school. No payment, credit, tax benefit, exemption or deductions, tuition voucher, subsidy, grant or loan of public monies or property shall be provided, directly or indirectly, to support the attendance of any student or the employment of any person at any such nonpublic school or at any location or institution where instruction is offered in whole or in part to such nonpublic school students. The legislature may provide for the transportation of students to and from any school.”

However, school districts have creatively worked around the Blaine amendment. According to the HSLDA, Michigan’s Supreme Court ruled that “shared time” or non-essential classes were maintained through Michigan’s Constitution Article VIII, the right to education. The court also said part of the Blaine amendment was unconstitutional. “We hold that portion of the second sentence of Article 8, § 2 hereinafter quoted unconstitutional, void and unenforceable: ‘or at any location or institution where instruction is offered in whole or in part to such nonpublic school students.’” (Traverse City School Dist. V. Atty. Gen.) This provided public schools leeway to create homeschool-public school partnerships.

Are Homeschool-Public School Partnerships a Win-Win for Michigan?

The appeal of homeschool-public school partnerships is that students can enroll part-time to take non-essential or extra-curricular classes. The school gets funds for the shared-time enrolled students and homeschool students are able to take non-essential courses like music or foreign language through the partnership. While this may seem like a win-win for Michigan schools and homeschoolers, homeschoolers should be leery.

What’s wrong with government involvement in homeschooling?

Michigan is creatively collecting homeschool data.

Michigan is creatively getting homeschoolers integrated into the public school system. Legislators have tried to introduce legislation to track homeschooling by requiring homeschoolers to register with the state. These attempts have failed. Instead, they are collecting homeschool student data by way of public school partnerships. While homeschoolers are not required to register with the state to be part of this program, enrolled students provide their data to the public school district voluntarily in order to participate.

Michigan homeschoolers are giving control over to the state.

At this point, homeschoolers may not be concerned about the state’s involvement in their children’s education. However, the more homeschoolers participate in these programs, the more control they are giving to the state to decide how their children should be educated. Homeschoolers may be inadvertently creating a pathway to Michigan regulating how their children are educated.

Homeschooling is growing; government interest in regulating it will likewise grow.

Homeschooling used to be a foreign concept, but the homeschool movement is growing. As homeschooling popularity grows, homeschool-public school partnerships will also grow. There are pros to this, schools get funding while at the same time being able to serve students at a reduced cost. Homeschool parents are paying taxes to pay for public schools without getting the benefits. Nevertheless, the larger the homeschool-public school partnership is, the more likely the government will become involved. Where there is money at play, there is government that wants to spend it or to tell you as parents how to spend it. INCH has reported on these concerns here. House Bill 4805 demonstrates the need for legislation to protect homeschooling in Michigan. Homeschoolers must stay vigilant in protecting their right to decide how their children are educated.

As a former homeschool parent, I intend to represent Michigan homeschool families by not only voting no to proposals that would force you to change how you educate your children, but I would also like to introduce a bill of rights for homeschoolers in Michigan. I oppose any requirements for homeschoolers to register with the state of Michigan or any requirements to follow public school education plans. I would love to hear your input on this topic. Please leave a comment on my blog, Facebook, or drop me an email at I hope to be the voice for homeschool families and parental rights in Michigan.

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