Jim is devoted to devoted to making Flint stronger than ever, and putting people before profits. He has championed efforts to require financial disclosure for candidates and officeholders, and to require more transparency for campaign finances. He has voted to end lifetime benefits for lawmakers and has saved taxpayers money by reducing spending in his own office budget.
ON THE ISSUES
FIXING A BROKEN SYSTEM
GOOD-PAYING, HIGH QUALITY JOBS
Everyone should have the opportunity to achieve. That means supporting a highly skilled workforce, giving tax breaks to people who earn a paycheck, increasing access to higher education and investing in safe communities to attract employers to Michigan communities.
TAX BREAKS FOR MICHIGAN FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES
Tax hikes on seniors and the middle class need to end, along with tax giveaways to companies that ship jobs overseas. Jim wants to improve our economy by providing tax relief to families struggling with child care, and incentives for small businesses who hire veterans and the unemployed.
EQUALITY AND FAIRNESS
Equality should be everywhere, but to this day, there are struggles: LGBTQ individuals can still be fired or denied housing for who they are, and women still struggle with health care and wage disparities. Jim knows that discrimination only holds everyone back, which is why he supports expanding the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, requiring equal pay for equal work, and ensuring that personal medical decisions stay between a patient and their doctor.
SAFER NEIGHBORHOODS AND COMMUNITIES
Jim has a plan to put more police on our streets and dangerous criminals behind bars. His work to stop scrap metal theft and keep harmful drugs away from kids has created safer neighborhoods and better communities in which to operate a business, and raise a family.
ACCESS TO EDUCATION
As a teacher, Jim knows students should come first. He’s working to make higher education affordable for families, and has successfully introduced legislation in Lansing to make Flint a Promise Zone so that no student is prevented from attending college because of its price tag.
BETTER ROADS AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Everyone knows it: our roads and bridges are crumbling, and with it, our infrastructure. Jim is constantly looking for real solutions that would require companies and big rigs to pay their fair share, and that hold contractors accountable for their work.
STRONGER ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS
Our natural resources — and the Great Lakes — are Michigan’s biggest asset, and failing to protect them would only lead to long-term, devastating consequences. Jim is calling for stronger rules on lead and copper, plans to ensure environmental justice and frequent water testing across the state.
STABILITY FOR SENIORS
Michigan should be a place where folks want to retire and enjoy their golden years. Jim knows that if we can make health care and prescription drugs more affordable — and eliminate unnecessary financial burdens, such as the increased vehicle registration tax — seniors would have more time for making memories with the grandkids and spend less time budgeting (and worrying about) paying the bills.
Jim believes health care is a right, not a privilege. With all of the instability in Washington D.C., he wants to make sure protections in existing laws are guaranteed to every Michigander, regardless of preexisting conditions, age or income.