Providing Adequate Funding
Michigan municipalities should be able to receive proper resources to spur economic development at the local level and maintain strong neighborhoods throughout the state. Instead, Lansing Republicans have threatened our communities and neighborhoods by cutting the funding that local governments need to keep our police and firefighters on the street. We must ensure that tax dollars delineated by the state don't get caught in Lansing bureaucracy and reach the communities that utilize them.
Protecting Local Control
As a result of the slashes to revenue sharing, some Michigan communities find themselves in state financial receivership. The vicious cycle continued when the current Governor's administration decimated local control by enacting an Emergency Financial Manager law--an anti-democracy movement that garnered nation-wide criticism and should be repealed. This law allows the Governor to appoint individuals with broad powers to dissolve democratically-elected local governments and school boards and stick cash-strapped cities with the bill. Michigan citizens should expect to reserve the right to vote in and vote out elected officials in their local government.
As State Representative
I have been a vocal opponent against the defunding of our local communities, and will oppose new efforts to repeal of the tax on industrial property without any replacement revenue -- funding that is a lifeline to our local governments, Cities, villages and townships should have the necessary support to provide services and protections to their citizens without worrying about going into state financial receivership.