Schor and his wife, Erin, live in Lansing with their two children, Ryan and Hannah.
Schor has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
He has extensive experience in the Legislature working for Democratic state Sen. Gary Peters for five years and for Democratic state Rep. Paul Condino for two years. He also served for a year in Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s administration.
Most recently, he assisted Michigan’s local communities as assistant director for state affairs for the Michigan Municipal League.
Schor was elected as an Ingham County Commissioner in 2002 and was subsequently re-elected four times by his constituents.
Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Elections and Ethics
It has been a great honor to serve Lansing and Lansing Township in the Michigan House of Representatives this term. During my initial run I promised to use my experience to hit the ground running when I came to the Capitol, which I’m proud to say I’ve been able to do. I’ve accomplished much since taking office: I served as the Democratic lead on Healthy Michigan/Medicaid Expansion efforts, creating health care for 400,000 of Michigan’s working residents; saved the City of Lansing $800,000; pushed for notification on campaign attack ads; and created educational opportunities such as year-round school with a balanced calendar, among other things. I ran on a platform of creating more educational opportunities for our children, attracting and retaining talent, and creating great places for people to live (like Lansing), and I’ve sponsored legislation on all of those priorities (which I’ll continue to tackle should my constituents send me back the House).
There’s still more work to do, though. On top of growing our state’s support for education and continuing to support creative measures meant to attract and retain talent, I want to play a role in rehabilitating and revitalizing Michigan’s economy. I hope to earn another two years from my constituents to continue tackling these and so many other issues important to our state.
Source: Schor (10/27/2014)
I support the basic right to privacy for all citizens of Michigan and believe that this right to privacy includes the right of a woman to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. I believe in access to family planning and reproductive health care and choice, and I believe that every woman—regardless of income, age, race, or marital status—has the fundamental right to decide when and whether to have a child and the right to privacy surrounding her decisions. It is (or ought to be) the role of our government to support personal childbearing decisions by providing access to quality, medically accurate reproductive health services and information including access to sex education, contraceptives, and safe, legal abortion. I oppose attempts to restrict these rights (and rights to individual privacy) through legislation, regulation, and/or constitutional amendments at the local, state, and federal levels.
I believe that Michigan needs to strike a balance between protecting our farmers’ right to farm and other residents’ property rights (including their rights to use new technology such as hail cannons, wind machines, etc. on their land). The only change that I think needs to be reviewed surrounding Michigan’s Right to Farm law is the way it functions with urban and community gardens. Otherwise, it seems to be doing a good job of allowing all sectors of Michigan’s agricultural industry to move forward while voluntarily using generally accepted management practices that benefit the environment.
Generally, I believe in local control when it comes to our schools. I recognize that although some school districts (failing ones, for example), stand to benefit from direction from the Legislature and the State School Board, ultimately, it's the local parents, teachers, administrators, and School boards who are best-equipped to work with students toward academic success, because they know their communities (and their community's needs) best. I also recognize that the state can help to provide direction in terms of core curriculum and model policies (i.e. bullying), but again, the locals should be able to implement these according to their own situations.
I am a strong believer in the importance of investing in public education at all levels. In a state like ours, a strong education system will continue to be absolutely crucial to our continued recovery from economic recession.
This investment begins with committing to increasing our support for Michigan’s K-12 schools. Dramatic cuts followed by meager increases to School Aid led by our Republican-controlled Legislature have stripped too many of our children of the resources they need to be successful. I’m committed to making sure that this stops. Broadly, we need to work harder to ensure that School Aid Fund revenue sources are stable and able to fully fund our post-Proposal A education structure over the long term. This means we’ll need to recommit to restoring, maintaining, and improving our General Fund/General Purpose revenues and ensuring that any cuts impacting the School Aid Fund are offset by dedicated replacement revenue. This is important to making sure that our schools have the funds necessary to cover increased costs of operation, including the cost of providing quality school facilities while serving the needs of our students. We also need to embrace changes to public education funding that equalize the collection and distribution of revenues and keep pace with inflation and the growth of fixed costs. I look forward to continue leading efforts to equalize School Aid funding throughout the state, because I believe it is wrong that some schools receive thousands of dollars more per-pupil than others. All students should be equal in the foundation allowance funding they receive.
We also need to support Michigan’s higher education system. To be globally competitive and attract jobs to Michigan, we must ensure that our workforce is equipped with the skills and talents that businesses are looking for. At a time when we should be revitalizing the whole spectrum of higher education offerings in our state—certifications and associate degrees all the way up through Ph.D. programming—Republicans have gutted state support in these areas and have support increas [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]
One of the most exciting paths Michigan continues to take toward recovery from recession is the pursuit of economic opportunities related to clean energy. As you note in your Water Protection Agenda, Michigan has attracted a number of clean energy companies that are projected to create nearly 90,000 jobs and over $9 billion of investment in advanced batteries, solar and wind energy, and vehicle electrification. It's safe to say that we've wagered a lot in our new clean energy economy.
To ensure that our investment is a fruitful one, we must commit to enacting measures that empower Michigan up to be a leader in clean energy technologies. Among other things, this means passing policies that promote clean, electric vehicles (speeding installation of charging stations, creating incentives for off-peak charging, and investing in fuel efficiency research); instituting long-term energy planning for utilities; expanding the energy options available to residential, commercial, and industrial ratepayers; and adopting stronger renewable energy and efficiency standards to aid in the safe transition to clean sources of energy.
A thoughtful approach to growing our clean energy economy won't just improve the long-term health of our environment-- I'm confident that it will also go a long way toward boosting our growing economy by creating good-paying, 21st century jobs for our citizens.
I am frustrated and disheartened by the knowledge that Michigan is no longer a leader in efforts to recycle and divert waste from our landfills and incinerators. It's infuriating that our low dumping fees have also made us a magnet for out-of-state (and even Canadian) trash, too. I fully support efforts to increase our per-ton user fee on all waste and am open to discussing using that revenue to support local waste prevention, recycling, and job creation programs.
Although the 2008 Great Lakes Compact is an important first step in managing the responsible use of the Great Lake Basin's water supply, I recognize that we still have a long way to go to fully protect our waters.
One of the most important measures not included in the Great Lakes Compact is strengthening public trust protections for Michigan's waters. Without a duty to apply the public trust law in Michigan, the courts are the only existing avenue for extending public trust protections to groundwater. As Clean Water Action notes, we need to apply the public trust doctrine to our groundwater to bring Michigan's legal authority and responsibility in line with the scientific and hydrologic realities of Michigan's lakes and streams. Another shortfall in the compact are the inadequate protections for Michigan's cold water streams. These waterways don't just make Michigan a worldwide destination for sport fishery, they also support salmon fisheries and the lakeshore communities that base their economies on the fishery industry.
As a state, we need to embrace measures that ensure our waters remain public resources-- not private investments for international corporations. I know that Clean Water Action will continue to play a key role in deepening the public's awareness and knowledge of what's at stake, here, and look forward to being an ally in the group's mission to lead positive change in this area in the State Legislature.
Michigan's possession of such a unique array of natural treasures come with a special set of environmental-related challenges and priorities.
I recognize that as a state, we're tasked with being responsible stewards of a vast repository of environmental offerings. I know, too, that our Legislature can (and should) play a central role in enacting policies to preserve the 'Pure Michigan' that defines our residents' quality of life. While there are a number of measures our lawmakers should be advocating for to ensure we have clean beaches, safe drinking water, abundant habitat for fish and wildlife, healthy people, and energy choices that protect our water, three specific issues are especially important to me.
I support the right of people of the same sex to get married. I believe that same-sex couples deserve access to the same economic security, legal protections, and peace of mind that is enjoyed by heterosexual married couples. This debate isn’t about politics—it’s about millions of real families and the basic protections that all families need and deserve. It’s well past time for discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexual, and transgender people to come to an end.
I believe there are a number of factors that, together, are driving health care costs up in our country. We have serious problems with uninsured people going to emergency rooms instead of using programs available (federally qualified health centers, county facilities, redi-cares, etc.). As a County Commissioner, I was able to bolster our Ingham Health Plan, which provides health benefits for the uninsured. We also have a culture where people are going to the doctor for certain conditions that may not need medical attention (i.e. virus vs. bacteria) which creates more time and effort for doctors and hospitals. Finally, we have people using brand-name prescription drugs when they could be saving money using generics. I look forward to discussing the cost of health care further with BCBS to hear about other issues that I am surely missing.
I will absolutely continue to fight to maintain services for Michigan’s most vulnerable populations. I recognize that changes in state policy and funding have had a detrimental impact on Michigan’s mentally ill population, pushing many of them into jails, homeless shelters, and hospital emergency rooms. I believe our state has a responsibility to provide support services to these vulnerable members of our population and am committed to maintaining (if not increasing) services for these folks.
I believe that health care is a basic right. We need to help those that cannot afford health insurance.
Working on the bill and voting to provide health care (through Medicaid Expansion and the Healthy Michigan plan) to over 400,000 Michigan residents was one of the proudest moments yet in my time as a State Representative. I served on the committee that this legislation went through and I am proud to be one of the leaders who helped get it passed and sent to Governor Snyder. I worked with my Democratic colleagues in the House, with the Department of Community Health, with the Senate, and with the Governor to get this done. That one vote was a very proud moment and a great accomplishment for me and for the state of Michigan.
I oppose so-called ‘Right to Work’ initiatives, policies, zones, and legislation. I do not believe that such efforts have done anything to help in Michigan’s economic recovery. Instead, I’m worried that they’re undermining the basic rights of our workers by weakening the unions that have fought so hard for important worker protections; lower wages, benefits, and standards of living for our workers; and endanger workers’ health and safety on the job. It has been shown over and over again that ‘Right to Work’ policies do not create jobs and are simply wrong for Michigan. As a County Commissioner, I voted for resolutions calling on the Legislature to oppose any ‘Right to Work’ policies. In the House, I will continue to support the repeal of the ‘Right to Work’ law.
Short of repealing this law, we should bring up fair share legislation that will ensure that unions don’t have to expend resources on those that are not members. Unfortunately, while the Republicans have the majority it is highly unlikely that either of these things will happen. But I will continue to advocate for these efforts and will fight legislation that erodes the power of our workers to collectively bargain.
From the beginning of this discussion I have indicated that I am supportive of increasing the minimum wage and that I had hoped it would happen through the Legislature. Due to legislative inaction, though, the citizens collected signatures and submitted those signatures to the Secretary of State.
I was happy to vote in support of SB 934 when it came before the House and was glad to see it signed into law by our governor. I believe this bill is good for Michigan and was happy that the business community was also supportive of the bill. That said, I was uncomfortable that this bill’s passage has the potential to undermine the right of the people to decide this issue at the ballot box. The citizens collected signatures and I am uncomfortable having the Legislature undermine that effort.
My expectation is that this issue will not be on the ballot due to the elimination of the Act before the signatures were turned in. If that is incorrect, though, I would not plan to weigh in on the ballot initiative. I thought the law that passed was a good one and am supportive of it, but if the people of Michigan decide otherwise then I will respect that decision.
I don’t believe there is a magic number for the minimum wage. It should be high enough that people making it are not in poverty and needing to rely on state services for their families. It also should not be increased in a fashion that will have a detrimental impact on employment (i.e. too quickly or too high). I am comfortable with the incremental increase that will end with $9.25 by 2018, and that is indexed to inflation with caps. I hope this indexing will prevent the Legislature from having to come back and look at this again in the future.