Fighting for our local schools

As a former preschool teacher, school board president and proud parent of three I’ve seen the struggles educators and students face as districts try to do more with less. Due to the recent budget cuts to our local schools, our kids have more students in their classrooms, fewer books to read from and schools that are falling apart. We all know those setbacks will not prepare them for higher education or the workforce. Money won’t solve every problem facing our schools, but I will fight to prioritize our real needs and restore the funding that was taken away from critical areas so that our children have the resources they need to do well in school.

Protecting our seniors

Over the past decade, Lansing has given more than $1.8 billion in tax breaks to corporate special interests. These cuts were made at the expense of Michigan families and seniors, who have seen increases in their taxes as a result. Between cuts to property tax credits and increases in pension taxes, Michigan's seniors are finding it harder than ever to make ends meet. I'll fight to repeal the retirement tax and instead make sure that corporations are paying their fair share. And I will fight to ensure our veterans are given the benefits they have earned. Our seniors have given so much to our communities. They deserve better than to be shortchanged when they need us most.

Creating new jobs

As small business owners, my husband and I see firsthand the struggles that workers and our small businesses face every day. We are living in difficult economic times, and I know that state government must spend our hard-earned tax dollars wisely. We can start by cutting the giveaways to corporations that ship our jobs away. The tax increases of a year ago that are creating so many difficulties for families and senior citizens have not created the jobs supporters said they would.  I will work with small businesses and fight for policies that will help them grow and create jobs. Our small businesses are important to our local economies and deserve as much consideration as we give to large corporations. I will fight to make Michigan a leader in new technologies that will help create the jobs of the future. I'll also work to expand job training programs between local businesses, our community colleges and vocational training programs so people can increase their opportunities for better paying jobs.

"Small businesses are the backbone of a strong economy. That’s why we need to end tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas, and start helping small businesses create jobs."  - Annie

Making government work for everyone

There’s no doubt that times are tough for families all across the state these days, which is why it’s more important than ever that we make every dollar work in the best interest of taxpayers. Government should be transparent and the citizens have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent. That’s why I’ll go to Lansing and demand reform, transparency and accountability throughout state departments and at all levels of government. Lansing needs to work for us, not for corporate special interests.