WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues the countdown to the August 7th primary profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Republican Bill Schuette three questions.
Q: What is your plan for expanding the state’s economy?
A: “As governor I will cut the Granholm income tax which has cost families $8 billion. It should be in their pockets instead of the government. Second, I’m going to lower auto insurance rates and give Michigan families a big pay raise and improve our third grade reading scores which are among the lowest in the nation. When I’m governor Michigan’s children will read.”
Q: How would you improve the state’s educational outcomes?
A: “Well, my wife and I attended public schools and so did our children but for too many families they’re trapped in schools that are failing. I would grade our schools A through F, provide grants for those schools that are higher performing, and I’ll put a culture of reading by having a literacy director as a cabinet level official in the Schuette administration.”
Q: How would you improve and fund state’s infrastructure?
A: “You know, having an investment, continued and enhanced revenues for roads and bridges is important for Michigan’s future. You can’t be a first-world economic power for a third-world road system. So, I would number one, have a complete review of MDOTs approaches. Second, guarantees and warrantees for roads and bridges and it has to be the priority, one of the key priorities, in state government with a budget of $58 billion.”