Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Bert Johnson on the Issues by Akindele Akinyemi

While the haters from the NAACP and company continue their negative war campaign on Bert Johnson, who has already won the seat for State Representative in District 5, here is more proof that Korey Hall would be a poor choice for state representative.

Read the questions and answers statements below from the Gannett Michigan Voter Guide:

Q: What makes you the most qualified to hold this office?

Korey Hall: Highly educated, Community involvementand commitment, Experience at every level of government, Demonstrated track record of coalition building and community mobilization.

Bert Johnson: I've worked diligently over the past 5 1/2 yrs in the office of State Rep. McConico. As Chief of Staff, I was a driving force for policy implementation and dealing with quality of life issues. My experience and relationships within the Michigan House affords me the ability to hit the ground running. I have no learning curve relating to operations, policy, or the Lansing system of Government. For 5 yrs. I manned a district office to maintain a strong community presence. Moreover, my life and legal experience sets me apart from a group of candidates who've never served this community.

Q: If you had to choose between tax incentives to encourage Michigan’s auto-based manufacturing industry and emerging industries, what would you do?

K: There are workable solutions that can and will benefit our auto-based manufacturing industry and atrract emerging industries. We can and should re-define industries that are fundamental to the economic sustainability of our state.

B: Michigan has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of putting the world on wheels. While the auto-based manufacturing industry has been and remains a mainstay in Michigan's economy, we are faced with securing and growing new industry and technological businesses in order to compete globally. I believe in preserving, protecting and continuing to provide a true tax incentive to the auto industry, yet feel that an emphasis must be placed on offering those same incentives to emerging industry business partners to (re)locate them in Michigan.

Q: The Single Business Tax is on the way out. Should a replacement business tax recover all of the $2 billion the SBT generates for the state, effectively shifting taxes from one business sector to another, or should there be a net tax cut for businesses?

K: I support Any action that will help bring jobs into my community!

B: Allowing the SBT to sunset without a legitiment replacement would be irresponsible. Striking the balance of fair taxation between business and Michigan's employee base is more than a notion, yet the necessity for such a compromise must be a priority before any subtraction of the SBT. I will advocate for shared tax responsibilty in an effort to sustain the tax base as a whole.

Q: Proposal A of 1994 strictly limited school districts from seeking more taxes from voters. Districts say they’re hurting. Should the tax restriction be lifted?

K: yes, Proposal A shifted funding for public school districts from property taxes to sales tax which is regressive. A better way of funding our school districts must be found.

B: Prop A had some serious flaws and unintended consequences. However, funding for Michigan's school districts does not have to be limited to the Fed or the State. There are numerous Non-Profit Organizations in position to partner with our local school districts. Lifting the tax restriction isn't the most prudent of responses. Our districts require more parent-student-administration accountability. Voters have been taxed time and time again without a true accounting of how and where the money has been spent. New taxation won't necessarily solve the issues.

There you have it. You can clearly see how Bert Johnson would represent the district better than Korey Hall. Mr. Hall should reconsider and join in the Bert Johsnon Express.


Anonymous said...

What took him so long to respond? Hall's comments were listed in a timely manner of the News' website. In fact, he was the only candidate in the race who responded when the information first became available. What did Johnson do, read Korey's responses and try to "one-up" him?

And what was what that crap on Blackwell's show? Johnson and Mcconico need to hang it up and find another line of work. Oops--I forgot, they can both fall back on what they know best: Mcconico has the law practice that has kept him from voting on issues for the people in Dist. 5. And I guess Johnson can revert back to his old ways of robbing people at gunpoint.

akindele akinyemi said...

and I guess Hall can always retort back to the NAACP by using false baseless legislative report card reports and making up numbers on the # of people wanting educational choices.