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Supporting Dianda

October 20, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

When we go to the polls to cast our vote in November, here are some facts worth considering about the 110th District. The median household income is $34,892. Fifty percent of households pay more than 30 percent of their income in rent.

Four thousand, two hundred and ninety people receive food assistance. Three thousand, two hundred seventy-four workers are without jobs. One in six people live in poverty for a total of 13,821. One in 10 families lives in poverty for a total of 2,176. One in five children live in poverty for a total of 3,402.

After taking office in 2011, Matt Huuki voted to support Public Act 38. It rolled back the Earned Income Tax Credit from 20 to 6 percent, a move that pushed 800,000 families below the poverty line. He began taxing some senior pension and retirement income, phased out the Homestead Tax Credit for most homeowners, eliminated the $600 per-child tax deduction and eliminated deductions for donations to most charities.

Mr. Huuki also voted for a budget that took nearly $1 billion from the public education system. We are currently spending $350 less per child than we did when Huuki took office. And while all of these cuts affect our seniors, working and middle class, he gave $1.8 billion tax cuts for Michigan corporations.

I believe we need a representative who will look out for us, the senior citizens, working and middle class, our school children and our environment, when he casts his vote in the Michigan legislature. That is why I am voting for Scott Dianda to represent the 110th District.

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Scott promises to work to repeal the new taxes on seniors, the working and middle class, to restore funding to education, to support a plan to pay for college and/or vocational education for all Michigan high school graduates and restore local government control.

Scott also supports repealing tax credits for companies that don't keep jobs in Michigan, encourages local manufacturing and is pro-mining and pro-regulation.

Alexandra Jaris




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