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House District 13
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Candidates:
John Graziani
District 13 – Southgate
Democrat
John C. Harris
District 13 – Wyandotte
Democrat
Bill Jarosz
District 13 – Wyandotte
Democrat
Andrew James Kandrevas
District 13 – Southgate
Democrat
Bo Schimers
District 13 –Southgate
Democrat
Timothy S. Kachinski
District 13 –Southgate
Republican
Matthew Schafer
District 13 –Southgate
Republican
J.M. Vida
District 13 – Trenton
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?

Bill Jarosz: a. Shut down government  b. Raise taxes
Timothy S. Kachinski: a. Shut down government   b. Raise taxes
J.M. Vida a. Shut down government   b. Raise taxes
John Graziani: Did not respond to questionnaire    
John C. Harris:   Did not respond to questionnaire    
Andrew Kandrevas: Did not respond to questionnaire    
Bo Schimers: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Matthew Schafer 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?
Bill Jarosz: a. Yes b. No
Timothy S. Kachinski: a. Yes b. No
J.M. Vida a. Yes b. No
John Graziani: Did not respond to questionnaire  
John C. Harris:   Did not respond to questionnaire  
Andrew Kandrevas: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Bo Schimers: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Matthew Schafer 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?
Bill Jarosz: a. Flat tax b. Graduated tax
Timothy S. Kachinski: a. Flat tax b. Graduated tax
J.M. Vida No Income Tax Period  
John Graziani: Did not respond to questionnaire  
John C. Harris:   Did not respond to questionnaire  
Andrew Kandrevas: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Bo Schimers: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Matthew Schafer 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?
Bill Jarosz: a. Support such amendment b. Oppose such amendment
Timothy S. Kachinski: a. Support such amendment b. Oppose such amendment
J.M. Vida a. Support such amendment b. Oppose such amendment
John Graziani: Did not respond to questionnaire  
John C. Harris:   Did not respond to questionnaire  
Andrew Kandrevas: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Bo Schimers: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Matthew Schafer 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?
Bill Jarosz: a. Increase fuel tax for road improvements b. Oppose fuel tax increase
Timothy S. Kachinski: a. Increase fuel tax for road improvements b. Oppose fuel tax increase
J.M. Vida a. Increase fuel tax for road improvements b. Oppose fuel tax increase
John Graziani: Did not respond to questionnaire  
John C. Harris:   Did not respond to questionnaire  
Andrew Kandrevas: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Bo Schimers: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Matthew Schafer 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?
Bill Jarosz: a. Would sign tax pledge b. Would not sign pledge
Timothy S. Kachinski: a. Would sign tax pledge b. Would not sign pledge
J.M. Vida a. Would sign tax pledge b. Would not sign pledge
John Graziani: Did not respond to questionnaire  
John C. Harris:   Did not respond to questionnaire  
Andrew Kandrevas: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Bo Schimers: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Matthew Schafer Did not respond to questionnaire  
Q7. Additional comments regarding taxes, spending or your candidacy:
Bill Jarosz: I believe that when you lower taxes that the gov. tax base increases because of spending.
Timothy S. Kachinski: Fair Tax
J.M. Vida Cut property taxes, Cut Gas Tax, I am not for sale!
John Graziani: Did not respond to questionnaire
John C. Harris:   Did not respond to questionnaire
Andrew Kandrevas: Did not respond to questionnaire
Bo Schimers: Did not respond to questionnaire
Matthew Schafer Did not respond to questionnaire
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