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House District 88
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Candidates:
Todd Boorsma
District 88 – Dorr
Republican
Randal L. Brink
District 88 – Saugatuck
Republican
Jeff Farnsworth
District 88 – Plainwell
Republican
Bob Genetski
District 88 – Saugatuck
Republican
Tom Clark
District 88 – Allegan
Democrat
Shelly Edgerton
District 88 – Plainwell
Republican
William D. Galligan
District 88 – Saugatuck
Republican
Joshua R. Leatherman
District 88 – Wayland
Republican
Spencer B. Moore
District 88 – Caledonia
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?

Todd Boorsma: a. Shut down government   b. Raise taxes
Randal L. Brink:   a. Shut down government     b. Raise taxes
Jeff Farnsworth: a. Shut down government   b. Raise taxes
Bob Genetski: a. Shut down government     b. Raise taxes
Tom Clark: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Shelly Edgerton: Did not respond to questionnaire  
William D. Galligan: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Joshua R. Leatherman: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Spencer B. Moore: 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?
Todd Boorsma: a. Yes  b. No
Randal L. Brink:   a. Yes   b. No
Jeff Farnsworth: a. Yes  b. No
Bob Genetski: a. Yes   b. No
Tom Clark: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Shelly Edgerton: Did not respond to questionnaire  
William D. Galligan: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Joshua R. Leatherman: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Spencer B. Moore: 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?
Todd Boorsma: a. Flat tax b. Graduated tax
Randal L. Brink:   a. Flat tax   b. Graduated tax
Jeff Farnsworth: a. Flat tax b. Graduated tax
Bob Genetski: a. Flat tax b. Graduated tax
Tom Clark: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Shelly Edgerton: Did not respond to questionnaire  
William D. Galligan: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Joshua R. Leatherman: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Spencer B. Moore: 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?
Todd Boorsma: a. Support such amendment b. Oppose such amendment
Randal L. Brink:   a. Support such amendment b. Oppose such amendment
Jeff Farnsworth: a. Support such amendment b. Oppose such amendment
Bob Genetski: a. Support such amendment b. Oppose such amendment
Tom Clark: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Shelly Edgerton: Did not respond to questionnaire  
William D. Galligan: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Joshua R. Leatherman: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Spencer B. Moore: 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?
Todd Boorsma: a. Increase fuel tax for road improvements b. Oppose fuel tax increase
Randal L. Brink:   a. Increase fuel tax for road improvements b. Oppose fuel tax increase
Jeff Farnsworth: a. Increase fuel tax for road improvements b. Oppose fuel tax increase
Bob Genetski: a. Increase fuel tax for road improvements b. Oppose fuel tax increase
Tom Clark: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Shelly Edgerton: Did not respond to questionnaire  
William D. Galligan: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Joshua R. Leatherman: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Spencer B. Moore: 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?
Todd Boorsma: a. Would sign tax pledge b. Would not sign pledge
Randal L. Brink:   a. Would sign tax pledge b. Would not sign pledge
Jeff Farnsworth: a. Would sign tax pledge b. Would not sign pledge
Bob Genetski: a. Would sign tax pledge b. Would not sign pledge
Tom Clark: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Shelly Edgerton: Did not respond to questionnaire  
William D. Galligan: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Joshua R. Leatherman: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Spencer B. Moore: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Q7. Additional comments regarding taxes, spending or your candidacy:
Todd Boorsma: The tax and spend mentality does not work. We must change our way of creating revenue and cut spending.
Randal L. Brink:   If our state can't live within a 43.3 billion budget, what are we spending so much money on? If we looked carefully, might we be able to spend somewhat less?
Jeff Farnsworth: I believe strongly that we need to control spending in Lansing every single day of the fiscal year! We can not overspend and then try to balance the budget at the end of the fiscal year!
Bob Genetski: A teacher of at-risk children who has published many articles on school reform in local newspapers and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's Michigan Education Report. Member of Michigan Right to Life, the NRA, and Club for Growth.
Tom Clark: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Shelly Edgerton: Did not respond to questionnaire  
William D. Galligan: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Joshua R. Leatherman: Did not respond to questionnaire  
Spencer B. Moore: Did not respond to questionnaire  
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