Shri Thanedar for Michigan Governor
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Solutions For A Progressive Michigan
Today, those in Lansing tell us that giving taxpayer money to big corporations will magically improve the lives of ordinary Michiganders.
We know this doesn’t work.
What we need is a Michigan that provides high-paying jobs, gives a helping hand to small businesses and creates a culture of startups and entrepreneurship.
We need to build an economy that works for all of us and not just the wealthiest among us. To do this, we need to end non-productive, corporate welfare and invest in human capital, creating jobs and supporting small businesses.
Together, we will bring a new governing culture to Lansing. We will require ethics and transparency and fight back against the influence of billionaires. We end the pay-to-play era in Lansing.
As Governor, I will make sure that tax incentives are only provided in exchange for permanent job growth – if the jobs don’t happen, or don’t last, the tax breaks end. Period.
A strong Michigan is an inclusive Michigan so we will stand strong against the discrimination and violence faced by racial and religious minorities, the LGBTQ community, and against bigotry and religious intolerance. We will fight for women’s rights and workers’ rights, and we will fight back against not only the attacks from Lansing, but the bullying from Washington DC.
We will create a stronger Michigan.
I am a progressive Democrat but I won’t be afraid to listen to good advice just because it comes from someone in another party. I am also a scientist and I know that to serve the needs of all the people of Michigan, we need to partner with all interested parties to arrive at common-sense, cost-effective solutions for Michigan’s most common problems.
As a chemist, I understand the challenges in Flint and I understand they need to be solved quickly and efficiently. I will propose and implement science-based solutions to get rid of poisonous lead in Flint’s water and to make sure all Michiganders have a clean, safe environment.
Increased funding for education is essential to prepare Michiganders for the challenges ahead. We must remove any barriers so teachers can teach and students can learn, and we need to put the brakes on for-profit school schemes.
Whether it is infrastructure, clean air, clean water, bridges and roads that need repairs, all of these problems can and must be solved as smartly and cost-effectively as possible. I believe that it is important to spend our tax dollars with utmost care, minimizing waste and fraud in the process.
I will demand a fair tax system, a comprehensive health insurance system with reasonable insurance premiums and costs, as well as an affordable, quality college education that will increase the number of college graduates who can start their lives without crippling debt. We will combine that with job training programs that will better prepare Michiganders to compete for the high-tech jobs of the future.
ON THE ISSUES
The Economy & Jobs
I believe that every Michigander should have an equal opportunity to pursue the American dream, as I have, and that government can either help or hinder in that pursuit. It is critical that we nurture the industries that are the backbone of our economy: auto, advanced manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, and healthcare. It’s also important to remember that Michigan’s economy runs on small businesses.
Restoring Michigan’s Infrastructure
Over the past two decades, Lansing politicians have failed to maintain our state’s infrastructure, and by the governor’s own estimate we are now $60 billion in the hole. Our crumbling roads and bridges place our residents in daily danger, and in the long term they harm our state’s ability to attract and retain new businesses. My experience as a scientist and small businessman makes me uniquely qualified to identify problems and offer solutions that will keep our citizens safe, revitalize our economy, and save money in the future.
Improving Education Quality & Funding, From Pre-School to College
As an entrepreneur, I know that businesses invest in communities where people have the education and skills they need to be successful. As a husband and parent, I believe that communities thrive when the local public schools are strong.
Thursday, August 10, 7:00 pm
Meet and Greet
Saginaw County Democratic Party
211 N.Hamilton St.
Saginaw, MI 48602
Saturday, August 12, 5:30-7:30 pm
Flint Democratic Candidates for Governor Forum
University of Michigan-Flint Kiva Theater
400 Mill St.
Flint, MI 48502
Wednesday, August 16, 6:00-7:00 pm
Meet and Greet
Ingham County Democrats
4926 Marsh Rd.
Okemos, MI 48864
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