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House District 27
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Candidates:
David Mocila
District 27 – Ferndale
Republican
Charles Findlay
District 27 – Royal Oak
Democrat
Andy LeCureaux
District 27 – Hazel Park
Democrat
Ellen Gogen Lipton
District 27 – Huntington Woods
Democrat
Mark Richardson
District 27 – Berkley
Democrat
Kevin Weeden
District 27 – Hazel Park
Democrat
Norman J. Ochelski, Sr.
District 27 – Hazel Park
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?

David Mocila: a. Shut down government   b. Raise taxes
Charles Findlay:   Did not respond to questionnaire  
Andy LeCureaux: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Ellen Gogen Lipton: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Mark Richardson: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Kevin Weeden: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Norman J. Ochelski: 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?
David Mocila: a. Yes  b. No
Charles Findlay:   Did not respond to questionnaire  
Andy LeCureaux: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Ellen Gogen Lipton: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Mark Richardson: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Kevin Weeden: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Norman J. Ochelski: 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?
David Mocila: a. Flat tax b. Graduated tax
Charles Findlay:   Did not respond to questionnaire  
Andy LeCureaux: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Ellen Gogen Lipton: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Mark Richardson: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Kevin Weeden: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Norman J. Ochelski: 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?
David Mocila: a. Support such amendment b. Oppose such amendment
Charles Findlay:   Did not respond to questionnaire  
Andy LeCureaux: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Ellen Gogen Lipton: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Mark Richardson: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Kevin Weeden: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Norman J. Ochelski: 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?
David Mocila: a. Increase fuel tax for road improvements b. Oppose fuel tax increase
Charles Findlay:   Did not respond to questionnaire  
Andy LeCureaux: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Ellen Gogen Lipton: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Mark Richardson: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Kevin Weeden: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Norman J. Ochelski: 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?
David Mocila: a. Would sign tax pledge b. Would not sign pledge
Charles Findlay:   Did not respond to questionnaire  
Andy LeCureaux: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Ellen Gogen Lipton: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Mark Richardson: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Kevin Weeden: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Norman J. Ochelski: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Q7. Additional comments regarding taxes, spending or your candidacy:
David Mocila: None.
Charles Findlay:   Did not respond to questionnaire
Andy LeCureaux: Did not respond to questionnaire
Ellen Gogen Lipton: Did not respond to questionnaire
Mark Richardson: Did not respond to questionnaire
Kevin Weeden: Did not respond to questionnaire
Norman J. Ochelski: Did not respond to questionnaire
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