Paul H. Scott for State Representative
Saftey, Security and Opportunities
The 51st District:
Why Paul is running
Paul is running for state representative because the citizens and businesses of our state deserve fundamental safety, security and opportunities.
Michigan is one of the most crime infested states in the union. Detroit and Flint rountinely rank in the top five most violent cities in America. The state ranks 50th in corporate tax structure and we have the highest unemployment rate in the nation.
Sadly these realities explain why Michigan is unable to keep our best and brightest young citizens in the state. Taxpayers invest roughly $8,000 a year per student in our K-12 public schools. After four to five years of college, this is well over $200,000 of taxpayer investment per student.
Taxpayers are receiving zero return on thier public education investment. This means parents and grandparents have to stand by as their children and grandchildren move across the country and only come back for holidays. More disturbingly, the outlook for Michigan is bleak as our future civic, religious and business leaders, that we have trained, are moving to other states and competing against us.
Safety, Security and Opportunities
In order to reverse these alarming trends, the state legislature must focus on giving businesses and everyday citizens a reason to come to and stay in the state of Michigan.
- Safety. First we must address our law and order problem. To do this, those violating the law in any fashion have to be prosecuted to the fullest extent. Enforcing our basic retail theft and vandalism statutes will help stop the growth of young, petty criminals into full blown violent thugs.
- Security. We must provide economic security to our businesses. Accomplishing this requires our commercial tax code to at least mirror that of other states in the Midwest if we want to be competitive. Michigan must afford small business owners a basic right of survival. Only after we restructure our tax regulations on our job creators, and resurrect our credibility in the business community across the nation, will our state revenues begin to increase again.
- Opportunities. To reverse the trend of citizens leaving the state to find opportunities, Lansing should take a more active role in linking up college students with small businesses and other organizations. Tax credits should be awarded to in-state businesses offering internships to Michigan students attending institutions of higher learning and debt relief programs enacted for those students who chose to stay in the state and work.
Paid for by the Committee to Elect Paul H. Scott.