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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-10-25

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The Choice from page 55

for Michigan State Representative
District 39

terrorist group. In regards to Afghanistan,

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We need to ensure the region does not
return to Taliban control and a place
where terrorists plot to attack America
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• Professor of Mathematics, Construction Management, and Concrete
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• Former small business owner - construction company
• Immediate Past President of Lakes Area Rotary Club
• Long-standing member of the community
• Mother of two children who graduated from Walled Lake Schools

Jewish News: What would you do in
the Senate to aid the economy and pro-
vide more jobs for Michigan workers?


• Repeal the homestead and child tax increase
• Improve government accountability
• Invest in public education

• Protect the environment
• Protect small business

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I would be honored to be your next Michigan State Representative
of the 39th District and would like your vote on November 6, 2012
so that I may take your voice to Lansing

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56 October 25 . 2012

Stabenow: My top priority in the
Senate is helping businesses create jobs
and strengthening the middle class.
This election is about who we are as
Americans. It's about the future of the
middle class and whether everyone has
a fair shot at success. I believe we don't
have an economy unless we make things
and grow things. That is what we do in
Michigan, and that is the key to our eco-
nomic comeback.
That is why I led the effort in the
Senate to give our auto companies the
tools they needed to turn things around,
with retooling loans for advanced tech-
nology vehicles and partnerships to
invest in advanced batteries and other
innovations. It is great to see all three of
our Michigan automakers making profits
again and hiring workers.
As chairwoman of the Senate
Agriculture Committee, I've brought
Democrats and Republicans together
to help our family farmers thrive so we
have more Michigan-grown products in
our supermarkets and schools, and new
opportunities to create jobs in food pro-
cessing and bio manufacturing.
It's also time to stop rewarding compa-
nies for sending jobs overseas. Instead,
we need to make it easier for companies
to bring jobs home. My Bring Jobs Home
Act stops giving tax breaks to corpora-
tions that move jobs overseas and instead
cuts taxes for U.S. companies that move
jobs back to America.

Hoekstra: Right now you see an anti-
investment, anti-growth agenda com-
ing out of Washington, D.C. We need
to embrace pro-growth policies. This
includes tax reform, regulatory reform,
domestic energy reform, and spending
reform that encourages investment and
creates jobs. I will offer real solutions
that preserve the safety net and create a
pro-growth environment so everyone has
opportunities to succeed.
We also need to end reckless spending
and balance the budget. As a member
of the House Budget Committee in the
1990s, I was part of a team that got the
job done by balancing the budget and
creating surpluses. We can start by ending
the wasteful and duplicative programs,
including those that are better performed
by local and state governments.

Jewish News: Do you agree with the
administration's actions regarding devel-
oping our domestic energy resources and

supporting alternative sources of energy?

Stabenow: It is absolutely critical for
our economy and our national security
that we break our addiction to foreign oil.
That is why I strongly agree that we need
a "do it all" approach to energy, which
includes increased domestic drilling for
oil and natural gas along with a commit-
ment to developing energy efficiency and
renewable energy resources like wind and
As the co-chair of the bipartisan
Manufacturing Caucus, I led efforts to
create new partnerships with industry to
create clean energy- jobs in advanced bat-
teries, wind and solar technologies. These
are the ideas that will create the jobs of
the future — and, in fact, they already
are, with Michigan now No. 1 in the
country for new clean energy patents.

Hoekstra: Unfortunately, the admin-
istration has spent the past four years
picking winners and losers, and the
non-favored industries have suffered. The
United States must adopt a long-term,
multifaceted "all of the above" approach
to addressing the current status of energy
prices. For far too long, we have allowed
ourselves to become dependent on
foreign sources of energy, putting our
economic and national security at risk.
America could achieve energy indepen-
dence. Congress must adopt a balanced
energy plan that can increase production
and promote conservation while protect-
ing environmental priorities.

Jewish News: Do you support a path to
citizenship for American-born children
of illegal immigrants? If so, what do you
propose or support?

Stabenow: I believe we must consider
any reforms in our immigration system in
a comprehensive and balanced manner,
first and foremost taking into account our
nation's security; the jobs of American
workers, the rights of individuals and the
economic interests of our state. I support
legislation to address the status of chil-
dren brought to America at a young age,
commonly called the DREAM Act.
My office is contacted by hundreds of
Michigan citizens every year about their
problems with our broken immigration
system, and I am well aware of the urgent
need for comprehensive reform.

Hoekstra: The federal government is
responsible for immigration policy but
has failed its responsibility. I continue to
advocate for rational, balanced immigra-
tion reform that opposes amnesty, secures
the border, does not award illegal behav-
ior and utilizes a workable paperwork
process. Workable and effective immigra-
tion reform is an important objective and
should certainly recognize our immigrant
heritage and respect the enormous con-
tributions of immigrants by encouraging
and enforcing legal immigration. L_


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