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House District 1
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Candidates:
Daniel Corrigan Grano
District 1 – Royal Oak
Republican
John Stempfle
District 1– Grosse Pointe
Republican
Mary Treder Lang
District 1 – Grosse Pointe Farms
Republican
John Simon
District 1 – Grosse Pointe Park
Republican
Timothy Bledsoe
District 1– Grosse Pointe
Democrat
Ronald Diebel
District 1– Grosse Pointe
Democrat
Kenneth A. Poynter
District 1– Harper Woods
Democrat
Edward Ruedemann
District 1– Grosse Pointe Farms
Democrat
Therese Joseph
District 1– Grosse Pointe Farms
Republican
Pete Waldmeir
District 1– Grosse Pointe Farms
Republican
   

Michigan Taxpayers Alliance 2008 Candidate Questionnaire

*Answers in Bold.

Q1. Last year, Governor Granholm and the state legislature increased the state income tax by 12% and increased the state’s main business tax by 22%. These tax increases allowed the state to increase state spending to a record $43.3 billion.

Governor Granholm and lawmakers supporting these tax hikes said that the tax increases were needed to protect critical programs and invest in future growth. A few lawmakers opposed the tax hikes in principle, but voted for them to avoid a budget impasse and a state government shutdown.

If you had to vote today, and the choice were to increase state taxes or watch state government experience a temporary shutdown, how would you vote?

Daniel Grano: a. Shut down government   b. Raise taxes
John Simon:   a. Shut down government     b. Raise taxes
Mary Treder Lang: a. Shut down government    b. Raise taxes
John Stempfle: a. Shut down government    b. Raise taxes
Pete Waldmeir: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Therese Joseph: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Edward Ruedemann: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Kenneth A. Poynter: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Ronald Diebel: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Timothy Bledsoe: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Q2. State of Michigan employees are the sixth highest paid in the country. Would you support freezing or cutting state government employee salaries or benefits to balance the budget?
Daniel Grano: a. Yes  b. No
John Simon:   a. Yes   b. No
Mary Treder Lang: a. Yes b. No
John Stempfle: a. Yes   b. No
Pete Waldmeir: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Therese Joseph: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Edward Ruedemann: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Kenneth A. Poynter: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Ronald Diebel: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Timothy Bledsoe: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Q3. Michigan’s state income tax is a flat 4.35%. Some advocate for a graduated income tax, where higher income citizens pay a higher percent of their income to the state. Do you support a “flat” income tax, where everyone pays the same percent, or a graduated income tax?
Daniel Grano: a. Flat tax b. Graduated tax
John Simon:   a. Flat tax   b. Graduated tax
Mary Treder Lang: a. Flat tax b. Graduated tax
John Stempfle: a. Flat tax b. Graduated tax
Pete Waldmeir: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Therese Joseph: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Edward Ruedemann: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Kenneth A. Poynter: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Ronald Diebel: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Timothy Bledsoe: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Q4. Under 1993’s Proposal A property tax reform, homeowners’ annual property tax increases are capped at the rate of inflation or 5% (whichever is less) as long as homeowners stay living in their same home. One increasingly common complaint about Proposal A is that the capped property tax increase can occur even if a home declines in value. Would you support amending Proposal A to prohibit a homeowners’ taxes from increasing if their home has lost value, even if such an amendment would result in less government revenue?
Daniel Grano: a. Support such amendment b. Oppose such amendment
John Simon:   a. Support such amendment b. Oppose such amendment
Mary Treder Lang: a. Support such amendment b. Oppose such amendment
John Stempfle: a. Support such amendment b. Oppose such amendment
Pete Waldmeir: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Therese Joseph: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Edward Ruedemann: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Kenneth A. Poynter: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Ronald Diebel: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Timothy Bledsoe: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Q5. Repairs and improvements to Michigan’s roads are funded primarily though a tax on gasoline. Some believe that the deteriorating condition of the roads justifies increasing the state’s 36 cents per gallon gas tax, which they argue is a ‘user fee’ for motorists. Other people believe that the state’s 6% sales tax on gasoline, which currently funds education and other state spending, should be dedicated exclusively to road improvements. Do you believe Michigan should increase fuel taxes to fund road improvements/repairs?
Daniel Grano: a. Increase fuel tax for road improvements b. Oppose fuel tax increase
John Simon:   a. Increase fuel tax for road improvements b. Oppose fuel tax increase
Mary Treder Lang: a. Increase fuel tax for road improvements b. Oppose fuel tax increase
John Stempfle: a. Increase fuel tax for road improvements b. Oppose fuel tax increase
Pete Waldmeir: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Therese Joseph: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Edward Ruedemann: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Kenneth A. Poynter: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Ronald Diebel: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Timothy Bledsoe: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Q6. Some candidates have been very outspoken and firm in their opposition to increasing state taxes. They have make public, written promises in the form of a pledge against raising taxes. The best known pledge against tax increases is distributed by a national taxpayer organization called Americans for Tax Reform. That pledge allows for revenue-neutral tax shifts and increases in legitimate user fees. Detailed information about the ATR pledge can be found at www.atr.org. Would you be willing to sign a pledge to the voters of the district that you seek to represent that you will not vote to raise taxes if you are elected?
Daniel Grano: a. Would sign tax pledge b. Would not sign pledge
John Simon:   a. Would sign tax pledge b. Would not sign pledge
Mary Treder Lang: a. Would sign tax pledge b. Would not sign pledge
John Stempfle: a. Would sign tax pledge b. Would not sign pledge
Pete Waldmeir: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Therese Joseph: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Edward Ruedemann: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Kenneth A. Poynter: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Ronald Diebel: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Timothy Bledsoe: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Q7. Additional comments regarding taxes, spending or your candidacy:
Daniel Grano: None.
John Simon:   We need to elminate the MBT it is hurting many small businesses.
Mary Treder Lang: None.
John Stempfle: We pay too much in taxes and state spending needs to be reduced.
Pete Waldmeir: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Therese Joseph: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Edward Ruedemann: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Kenneth A. Poynter: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Ronald Diebel: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Timothy Bledsoe: Did not respond to questionnaire  
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