From the outset my intention for this campaign was to make it different. I wanted to avoid making promises I could not live up to. These are three promises I can and will keep if elected.
1. I will put the best interests of the tax payers of Michigan as a whole, and the 86th District in particular, ahead of my own interests and ahead of the interests of large corporations and companies.
2. I will STRONGLY support the existing effort by State Senator Rick Jones (R-24th District) to shut down Pipeline #5. The 63 year old pipeline that runs almost a million gallons of crude oil an hour underneath the Straits of Mackinac. Owned and operated by Enbridge Oil. If that legislation has died away, then I will introduce a new bill with the same goal in mind: Turn off the pipes NOW and then come up with a solution.
3. Introduce a bill that will tie the paychecks of all 110 State Representatives and the 38 State Senators to the median (average) pay in Michigan. The pay checks of our 148 legislators are 43% more than the average wage of the people they are supposed to represent.
Making the pay of a Representative/Senator linked to that of the average person will make us more “representative” of the people of Michigan, but it also provides for all 118 of us to create a climate in Michigan that lifts the income for everyone – because if the average income rises, then so would ours.
Frankly, I believe this idea should have traction with both major parties. Democrats claim to represent the common man – so then let your compensation reflect that. Republicans claim to be interested in job creation. Great, so lets all work together for the people we represent and create better paying jobs for everyone and then enjoy a pay raise ourselves.
There are solutions to the problems in government. The first part in reaching many of them is to eliminate the blinders created by money.