ON THE ISSUES

“Fighting for Michigan Workers”

I will protect Michigan workers.

I am extremely proud of the fact that my father put in 48 years at the Ford Motor Company and I myself am a proud member of the International Association of Firefighters Local 1557. The union to which I belong is my second family and allowed me to give my two children a college education and the promise of a middle class life. The unions in Michigan and around the country have allowed workers to provide the American dream to future generations. To break that promise in this state is to destroy Michigan’s middle class. As your State Representative I will fight to keep collective bargaining rights for our workers, support access to affordable health care and help families keep food on the table.

 

“Fighting for your Tax Dollars”

In the State House I plan to fight against the attacks on middle class families and their livelihood. I will work to repeal the new taxes on seniors and work to restore the cuts to kids’ education.

The key to bringing good jobs to our state is having an educated workforce, second to none. Our children need to know that education and knowledge is the power that will drive our state’s economic future out of this slump. I will also work to restore the $1.8 million in funding raided from our public schools.  We have a moral responsibility to provide our children with the tools they need to get good paying jobs, so they will remain in Michigan.In 2012, Michigan’s working families, seniors and homeowners will be paying $1.4 billion more in state taxes, while corporate special interests got a $1.8 billion, no-strings-attached tax giveaway. The deduction for children was eliminated, as was the charitable giving deduction. The homestead exemption tax credit was severely cut, and 400,000 taxpayers who once relied on the credit are estimated to no longer be eligible for it. The earned income tax credit was slashed to a fraction of what it once was.Being a public servant and in the community daily I have seen the effects of tax hikes on seniors and families. My top priority in Lansing is to prevent more tax breaks for big corporations – without the promise of one job – that are paid for on the backs of our seniors and those just trying to provide for their families.

 

“Keep Sterling Heights and Warren Safe”

I will make sure tax dollars are used for important services like public safety and not to pay for tax breaks for corporations like big banks and insurance companies.

I was a firefighter so I know firsthand how vital having good public services are to the health our state and the well-being of our citizens. There are even more threats to take valuable revenue from cities and towns by repealing the personal property tax. I refuse to let that happen and I will fight against this bad policy. I believe regular audits of state government programs should be mandatory so citizens know that every tax dollar is being used efficiently and effectively to provide the public services we need.

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