Thank you for reading the cogent and salient responses of Burgess Foster for State Rep District 3 below that is published in the 2016 voter guide questionnaire for the League of Women Voters. We appreciate your cooperation to promote voter education with information about candidates' views. Here is a copy of Burgess' submission for
Michigan House District 3.
Biographical Info:Campaign Websitewww.burgessdfoster.infoFacebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/burgess.foster.7Occupation / Current PositionState Rep District 3EducationBA Cum Laude (University of NC System) MA History (Wayne State University) MPA Public Administration (U of M) MS-Management (University of Maryland)Qualifications / Experience1991, 2009 Candidate for Det. City Council; 2010 Candidate for the Michigan House of Representatives, 2014 Nominee for U.S. Congress, 14th District; 2016 Candidate, Michigan House District 3
1.) Indexing Ad Valorem (Property Taxes) to Inflation or 3% of Valuation: Rationale: so that if housing valuations plummet again, cities cannot over charge residents on their property taxes. 2.) Fill Teacher Vacancies in the city of Detroit: Rationale: by proposing that non-certified teachers get emergency certs; have BA degres with Honors in teachable subjects, i.e., Business, Management, History, Government, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Genetics, English, etc. and a Master's. 3. Merge DDOT & SMART: Rationale:ensure that bus fares are reduced, synergies captured, 24 hour service restored to the working poor,
Education: What measures do you support/propose to achieve improved educational outcomes for students and for school districts?
Raising the standard to graduate to prepare our student to compete on a global basis. Shifting from a 2.0 to a 2.33. Moving the grading metric from a 4.0 scale to a 4.33 scale. This allows educators to nuance grading in ways that gives better scoring towards performance. Requiring High School Students to have accumulated at least 30-60 college credits at a regionally accredited college or university, to graduate high school. This ensures that they will incur less debt when they matriculate to a four year higher learning institute. In addition, propose the North Carolina Standard in higher education course loads.
Elections: What policy changes do you support regarding campaign funding and voting rights for Michigan voters?
Those who are classified as reentry or former Department of Corrections inmates should be able to vote after they have served their time. Maybe, including them in society instead of excluding them might didactically make them more apt citizens. As for voting, the turn out is horrible. We must make early voting a standard-seeing how early voting increases the voter turrn-out by no less than 25%. Dark Money should not be allowed. Voters and candidates ought to know where an opponents or nominees funding is coming from.
Economy: What policies do you support to increase jobs and help Michigan residents improve their economic positions?
Funding for Adult Education must be increased. Detroit has approximately 30,000+ non-high school graduates who must get a GED to even enter into apprentice programs! The cost of this is estimated by this candidate to be no less than $90,000,000.00 and as much $120,000,000.00 Moreover, we must incentivize small business lending by Banks and Credit Unions! One way to do this is to rewrite the Community Reinvestment Act at the Federal Level to allow Banks and Credit Unions the ability to write off non-performing loans as Community Reinvestment and not as Charge-offs-which show up on the balance sheet as RED. These new CRA loans must be under $300,000.00 and strategically aimed at franchising in rust belt cities like Detroit to bring services and products logistically closer to consumers.
Energy & Environment: What actions or policies do you support to meet Michigan energy needs while protecting our water, air and land for current and future generations?
I support the Sierra Club plain and simple-they are Earth's Advocates! One way to do this creatively is to give companies a Sierra Club rating that will communicate good will to consumers and investors to put pressure on CEOs to do right by the environment and drive green technology to foster and foment new jobs in the G-sector. We must implement a Green Clause in the XL pipeline to allocate those fossil fuels to EPA alternative fuels sources like Bio-Diesel and E85 and away from 87, 89, and 91 octanes. We must mandate that the 117,000+ gas stations all carry e85 gasoline to put price elasticity pressure economically on crude oil prices and move the USA from dependence on fossil fuels. As a matter of course, we must incentivize companies like Mobile, Marathon, and Standard Oil to refine e85 and likewise incentivize GM, Ford, and Chrysler to make more efficient e85 engines. Tesla is a leader-we must support its business model nationally. Elon Musk's Giga Factory is an American icon!
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