By Annette Glenn
Midland Daily News – July 24, 2018
Republican primary voters on Aug. 7 will choose their nominee for the state House seat representing Midland and other parts of Bay and Midland counties.
Thanks for this opportunity to share my thoughts on Michigan's future and to ask for your vote.
I'm a mother of five and grandmother of six. For your family's sake, and mine, I'm focused on how we can best ensure we'll have the healthy economy and job market that allows our children to live, work, and raise their families here, with us.
Three reforms top my list to make Michigan's economy stronger and more attractive:
*A decade ago, Gov. Jennifer Granholm and a Democratic House "temporarily" -- they promised us -- raised Michigan's income tax, taking more money from working families. I support repealing that income tax increase. As President Donald Trump's income tax cuts have proven -- drawing on reforms first proposed by Dave Camp -- leaving more money with individual families and job creators will result in economic expansion and a surge of new jobs.
*Michigan has the lowest K-3 reading scores in the nation. Unless we improve the quality of our education system, families and businesses will locate elsewhere. Funding for public schools has increased to record highs every year under our Republican governor and Legislature, but too many of our children still don't learn the most fundamental skill: reading. I've talked at length with the director of the Bay City Dyslexia Center and other reading experts on strategies to ensure every child learns to read, and teachers have the resources they need to teach reading.
*Michigan has the highest auto insurance rates in America. A bipartisan coalition of House members this year fell just short of winning enough votes to reform the no-fault catastrophic care system that makes us the only state in the nation to provide unlimited lifetime benefits to victims of severe car accidents. I support allowing drivers to choose varying levels of coverage and lifetime benefits to bring down our insurance costs.
Finally, I'm the only candidate of either party who is endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan and believes the promise of the Declaration of Independence that every prenatal child is endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, including the right to life, since the right to liberty and pursuit of happiness are meaningless without the first right, life.
These are passions I'll take to Lansing if you allow me that opportunity.
Annette Glenn is a Republican candidate in the Aug. 7 primary election for the 98th District of the Michigan House. She is opposed by Carl Hamann. The unopposed Democratic candidate is Sarah Schulz.