Meghan's Top Priorities
Jobs and Our Economy
We need to help Michigan's economy recover as quickly as possible from the damage it has suffered the past four months. Meghan will:
Immediately suspend or permanently revoke as many burdensome rules and regulations on small businesses;
Ensure that there is proper funding for education, roads and infrastructure, and public safety as we work to balance the state’s budget deficit;
Oppose tax increases;
Stabilize our supply chain, especially our agriculture supply chain; and
Help those who are now unemployed or underemployed re-enter the workforce as quickly as possible.
Protecting Our Rights and Our Freedoms
We must protect our personal property rights and personal freedoms! Meghan will:
Protect the Second Amendment by passing Constitutional Carry, opposing red-flag laws, opposing the taxation on ammunition, and expanding our existing Second Amendment rights;
Protect the most vulnerable among us – the unborn and those at the end of life;
Add protections for seniors who live in long-term care facilities and their families; and
Bring more transparency to the Legislature, and the Governor’s Coronavirus response so we can hold her Administration accountable.
Criminal Justice Reform
Reforming our criminal justice system so there is a better balance between the necessity for public safety and holding offenders accountable. Currently, there are over 3,000 criminal offenses in Michigan and more than 15,000 administrative rules. Meghan will:
Stop the criminalization of residents, especially our hunters and sportsmen, by working to reduce the number of criminal offenses in our state;
Eliminate the “Good Moral Character” clause in Michigan’s occupational licensing reducing the barrier to gainful employment; and
Reform the criminal justice system to better help those who are struggling with addiction by changing the system to include better treatment, therapies, and in-patient rehabilitation programs instead of jail/prison for selected offenders.
Meghan on the Issues
Reducing Government Regulations
As a small business owner, I understand the impact that burdensome government regulations have on small businesses, business owners and workers across our state. Michigan's regulatory burden is negatively affecting economic growth. Job providers and workers need predictable outcomes and prompt responses to be able to move forward here in Michigan.
We need to adopt policies that prevent state departments from promulgating regulations that are more stringent than federal requirements without the approval of the legislature, the review and reduction of occupational licensing, and requiring state agencies to implement reforms that help businesses save money and grow.
Jobs and Our Economy
A decade since 2009 - the end of the worst recession in generations - Michigan's economy has grown slow and steady. Michigan was enjoying the longest economic recovery in more than a century. Now all of that is at risk with COVID-19.
The executive orders issued throughout the COVID-19 crisis will have a drastic impact on Michigan's economy, businesses, workers, and families across our state.
In order to avoid a state recession, we need bold economic policies that allow businesses the flexibility to safely operate, help keep the workers they have, and help the unemployed quickly re-enter the workforce.
State taxes are high enough already! The government receives more than enough money under the Michigan Constitution. We do not need higher taxes, we need smarter spending!
We should not be creating tax policies that take money away from businesses only to give it back to other businesses we arbitrarily deem more deserving. Rather than take your hard-earned money away for the state to use on their favorite projects, the legislature best serves our economy and your budget when we leave your money in your hands.
The Second Amendment
The defense of the Second Amendment is essential to our way of life. The price of liberty is constant vigilance. Our Founding Fathers knew this and knew the only way to ensure our liberty was to be able to back it up with force, if necessary. Our Second Amendment states: "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
Michigan citizens, like all American citizens, have this fundamental right as well as a duty to protect themselves and their families should the need arise. As a CPL holder, I will work to ensure our Second Amendment rights are protected and promoted!
Improving the Roads
Our roads and infrastructure should continue to be one of our top priorities. In early 2015, the Michigan Legislature passed a package of bills to provide a massive influx of money into our budget solely to repair Michigan's crumbling roads and bridges. And although that was a good start, due to our state's lost decade, we need to do better.
Michigan consumers pay a wholesale tax at the pump on gas that goes directly to transportation funding. Not all of that tax money is currently directed to road maintenance and repair, but it should be. In addition to the increased dollars being spent on repairing the roads, we also need to ensure our roads are built to a high standard, we use better materials, and we require and enforce warranties.
A good, strong education best prepares our children for success as adults. Parents should have the right to educate their children as they see fit, whether that is home school, public school, or private school. Michigan's leaders have made some great decisions in allowing more choice in education, but again, state and federal regulations tie the hands of our teachers so much so that it has become difficult for our teachers to teach to the specific needs of their students.
I support allowing our teachers to use their expertise to educate each child and allowing parents to choose their methods of education. Innovation, competition, and flexibility should be available to our parents and our educators in order to give our students the best opportunity to learn.
When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we get a glimpse of the majesty of God's creation. When we hold a newborn in our arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family.
As a mother, I know how important it is to support America's families and to protect those who need it the most - unborn, the elderly, and victims that cannot help themselves. As a state representative, I would support and sponsor legislation that defends life and our religious freedoms.
I grew up on a farm in Howell. I understand and appreciate the vital role that agriculture plays in Livingston County.
There are more than 86,000 acres of farmland in Livingston County. Farmers in Livingston County, and across Michigan, face many difficulties: unpredictable weather, difficult economic conditions, accessing credit, high property taxes, labor challenges and over burdensome farm regulations.
We need to look toward the future and ensure that the next generation of farmers will be able to continue the family farm legacy.
The Opioid Crisis & Recovery
Prescription drug and opioid abuse is a growing national health emergency that impacts every community across Michigan. From 1999 to 2016, the total number of overdose deaths in Michigan increased more than 17 times.
Solving the opioid crisis is a complex problem. The issues focus on both the addiction itself and identifying which treatment health professionals agree is most effective. Access to programs such as recovery homes and assisted treatment is limited in rural areas like Livingston County. We need to open access to treatment, quality care, and assist families and friends as they help to fight this epidemic across Michigan.