MIDLAND DAILY NEWS: Glenn wants lower insurance rates, taxes, better reading scores

By John Kennett
Midland Daily News - Oct. 20, 2018

A jam-packed room in the MCTV studios at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library witnessed a forum between the two candidates for the 98th State House District. Republican Annette Glenn and Democrat Sarah Schulz answered questions Tuesday brought forth by the League of Women Voters of the Midland Area. Below are Glenn's answers.

The 98th District seat represents the city of Midland, six townships in Midland County, and seven townships in Bay County. Election day is Nov. 6.

If elected, Glenn's priorities would concentrate on lowering insurance rates, increasing literacy for third-graders and a rollback of the 2007 temporary income tax.

Having served on Capitol Hill in her 20s and the wife of present 98th House Rep. Gary Glenn, Annette said she would bring experience to Lansing.

"I will be ready to start in Lansing the day I get there," Glenn said. "I'm familiar with the Legislative process, familiar with our constituents. This district is unique."

A native of Idaho, Glenn earned a bachelor's degree in public administration from Boise State University, where she served as chair of the BSU College Republicans.

"As a long time church, community and standing volunteer, I've had plenty of time to volunteer at Shelterhouse, Midland Blooms, serve as treasurer for any number of youth groups," Glenn said. "Scouting was one of my favorite groups. We have four Eagle Scouts and a daughter who is married to an infantryman."

She has received endorsements from U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, Michigan Sen. Jim Stamas and Midland County Board Chair Mark Bone.

Biggest concerns

"Lowering auto insurance rates, literacy for third-graders and a rollback of the 2007 temporary income tax."

"High auto insurance rates are impacting families and keeping families from living here," she said. "It's important if we can't teach our third-graders and get them ready for fourth grade, we have not prepared them."

Glenn stated that representatives are limited in what they can accomplish in a two-year term.

"We should focus on things that can actually be accomplished in two years. I look for things that can make a difference in everything else. Small changes increase everything," she said.

Pre-K to grade 12

Both candidates would like to see revenues from the Michigan School Aid Fund be devoted entirely to K-12 instead of being diverted to higher education.

Glenn would like to see at-risk funds go to at-risk schools.

"Midland received $500,000 for at-risk students for the first time. But, that is half of what Midland actually needs. A lot of those funds were used for reading. Reading is such a key issue that helps with math, geography and everything else," she said.

Funding public/private education

Glenn would be supportive of tax dollars going with the child.

"Not every child is a cookie cutter and not everything fits for the same child in the same place," she said. "For our five children, we used every single option that was available to get them the education they each needed."

She would also eliminate Common Core, a set of national education standards.

Health care priorities

"We had a son that needed an EpiPen. Often when the government mandates things, prices change dramatically. We used to be able to buy an EpiPen for $40. Once it was mandated, that insurance cover it, the price went up to $400."

Proposal 1 - Recreational marijuana

"I am not supportive. I have been watching Colorado very closely and the numbers I'm seeing out of there are a lot concerning, a 33 percent increase in police, fire and foster care. I have concerns about our kids. How are the kids going to be able to tell if the Gummy Bears are laced with marijuana?"

Proposal 2 - Redistricting

"It looks like the Secretary of State will be drawing the lines for the 110 districts in the House. To me, that looks like less control."

Proposal 3 - Voters' rights

"There are some great things in there. But there are some things that I'm concerned about. Ballot security is my No. 1 concern. People being able to show up without citizenship or residency and then having it checked after voting, I just think that is ripe for fraud."

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