Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Michigan House of Representatives District 5 — Natalie Price (D) and Paul Taros (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.
Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Michigan’s state legislature. Michigan is one of 13 states with a divided government.
Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?
“In addition to education, environment, and equity (see above), I am passionate about improving our state’s support of local governments. Current conflicting tax laws (Prop A and Headlee) improperly restrict how local governments can collect the money they need. The state has also diverted $8.6 billion in revenue sharing away from our cities. We must fix this broken system in order to give all our cities the resources they need to provide essential services to our residents.”
“The legislature needs to be good stewards of our tax dollars. We need to insure that we are getting the most value for every dollar we spend. If a program is not achieving its intended results we need to eliminate it and try another approach. The idea that every existing program just needs more money to achieve its goals is ridiculous and must stop. Michigan needs to eliminate corporate welfare, improve education, fix our roads and infrastructure, lower energy costs and limit out-of-state students at our universities.”
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