January 20, 2018

Andrea LaFontaine

Candidate for��State House of Representatives, 32nd District
(Incumbent) 

Republican

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Campaign Issues

Why are you running for this office?
I first ran for office because I saw too many of my friends and family having to leave Michigan to find work.  While at Central Michigan University, many of my friends were studying what they had to study to get a job, rather than what they really wanted to do.  Since taking office in 2011, I have supported reforms that have resulted in Michigan’s unemployment rate dropping dramatically, as well as a higher number of college graduates staying in Michigan.I am running for office because I do not want parents and grandparents to have to book a plane ticket to be able to see their children and grandchildren.
What skillsets and real life experience do you have that makes you the best candidate for the role?
Having been a lifelong resident of the area, I have deep roots throughout the community.  I have seen firsthand the devastating affects the policies of the last decade have had on Michigan, including the brain drain out of our borders and I know how to reverse those trends.
What are the top three issues you are concerned with for your district/municipality?
Jobs, government regulation, and the growing reliance on government handouts.  I have supported numerous pieces of legislation to encourage job growth, and support the phase-out of the personal property tax.  Additionally, there are too many layers of needless regulation at the state level that I have supported getting rid of.  Finally, I have supported landmark reforms to Michigan’s welfare system, such as a 4 year lifetime limit.  An additional reform, that covers all three of these categories is an amendment I offered as part of reforms to our unemployment insurance system that allows an employee to work part-time, and still collect a reduced amount of unemployment benefits.  Previously, it was more advantageous for an individual to not work at all and collect unemployment benefits, rather than taking a part-time job and earn a smaller amount.  This reform will allow employers to keep an employee on payroll at a salary they are able to afford, while allowing the employee to earn a paycheck.  No longer will the government be incentivizing unemployment over earning a paycheck.
What are the solutions you will bring forward if elected?
I follow the guidance of the people of the 32nd district.  Since taking office, I have held countless coffee hours, multiple tele-town halls, and meet with any constituent who would like to talk about any issue.  The constant message I hear from residents of the 32nd District is lower taxes and less regulations that have restricted business growth.  I have introduced numerous pieces of legislation at the request of constituents – some of which have been signed into law.  My voting record and the legislation I have introduced will continue to be a reflection of the priorities of the people I represent.
What specific measures will you take to maintain low taxes and less expensive, limited government?
I will continue to oppose tax increases (such as my opposition to the tax on pensions), and I support the phase-out of the punitive Personal Property Tax.  I believe there is additional spending cuts within the state budget that need to be made, and will continue to fight for those cuts.
If elected, what will you do to better promote transparency in government?
I will continue the work that has been accomplished since taking office in 2011.  I have supported legislation that will require all state spending to be published online, increased disclosure of taxpayer dollars spent under the guise of ‘economic development’, as well as a full disclosure of my own office budget spending.  I will continue this work to allow Michigan’s hardworking taxpayers to view and understand how their tax dollars are being spent.
Have you received any endorsements?  If so, please list.
Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan, Michigan Association of Insurance Agents, Michigan Farm Bureau AgriPAC, Citizens for Traditional Values, Great Lakes Education Project, Michigan Association of Realtors, Michigan Restaurant Association, Michigan Right to Life, Michigan Townships Association,  National Federation of Independent Businesses, and National Rifle Association.

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Party Issues

Why are you a running as a Republican?
I am a lifelong Republican.  I believe in limited government, personal responsibility, and the belief that you know how better to spend your money than the government.
What prior involvement have you had in the Republican Party or Conservative organizations?
I am a current republican elected official, and served on numerous boards, including Campus Conservatives and the Blue Water Pregnancy Center.
What is your position on Obamacare?
I oppose Obamacare, as well as its implementation.  I have voted against its implementation in Michigan already, and will continue to do so.
What is your position on abortion?
I am opposed to abortion under any circumstances.  I have maintained a 100% pro-life voting record and am the only candidate in the race who has been endorsed by Michigan Right to Life.
What is your position on the 2nd Amendment?
I support the 2nd Amendment and will oppose any efforts to restrict an individual’s right to bear arms.  I have consistently voted in favor of legislation that would streamline our gun laws, and am the only candidate endorsed by the National Rifle Association PVF.
What is your position on public sector unions?
I believe that public sector unions have gone far beyond their intended purpose.  That is why I have voted consistently to reform the Public Employees Relations Act (PERA) to limit what public sector unions are able to do with taxpayer dollars.  More specifically, I oppose the ability of public sector unions to utilize taxpayer money to lobby for additional taxpayer dollars.  I further believe that rank-and-file union members are being taken advantage of by union bosses, who often have exorbitant 6-figure salaries who are more concerned with politics than their members.

State/County/Local Issues

What are the two biggest issues you feel Macomb County is facing today?
Jobs and quality of life.
Do you think Macomb County should have casinos?
No.�� However I respect the ballot initiative process and support the current gaming law that requires a constitutional amendment as well as a local vote for the expansion of casinos.
What is your position on the Ambassador bridge project?
I oppose the use of any taxpayer dollars for the construction of the New International Trade Crossing.  I am disappointed that Governor Snyder has gone around the legislative process for the project.
What is your position on special millages like the DIA or Zoo millages?
I am opposed to the DIA millage, and opposed the Detroit Zoo millage.  However, there are other millage proposals that do have merit, such as the Veterans millage that will be voted on in August.�� I believe that all levels of government must search for funds in their current operating budgets before asking taxpayers for more of their hard earned money.

Andrea LaFontaine

Residence: Columbus Township
Marital Status: Single
Current Occupation: State Representative, 32nd District
Contact Email: votelafontaine@gmail.com
Contact Phone: (586) 651-4427
Contact Address: P.O. Box 6, Memphis, MI  48041
Website: www.votelafontaine.com
Social Media Links: Facebook

 

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