Michigan Families are PRIORITY ONE!
REFORM Taxes - The HIGH Cost of Living - SHRINKING Benefits!
The People of Michigan deserve better! We need good strong Leadership in Lansing and that's what you will get with me.
The partisan agenda of the GOP is lacking leadership and accountability. GREED has overcome their ability and good consciences to respectfully serve the people of which whom elected them. They act like "bullies" in the name of democracy!
I BELIEVE it is time to REFORM Taxes, the High Cost of Living and Shrinking Benefits! It's time to make Michigan Families Priority One! Live, Grow, Work and Retire in Michigan.
Let's put the back-bone back into our ECONOMY with good Manufacturing Jobs! Give Businesses and Large Corporations Tax
2006 - Married to my wife and best friend, Cherie.
A Small Business Owner for over 30 years.
2014 - Semi-Retired, down-scaled workload to campaign.
2012 - Semi-Retired, Owner Lawn and Snow Plow Service.
1992 - Retired, Management Level 6, 28 yrs invested at GM Truck and Bus, Plant 6 - Pontiac, MI., ALSO held Local 594 - UAW Leadership for 18 yrs for nearly 10,000 employees.
During the past 30 years, I have owned and operated several Landscape and Snow Removal Service Companies. I have been a Builder for Pat Ray and Associates to develop Coach Lamp Hills, a neighborhood sub-development and in charge of White Lake Twp., Sandy Beach Project.
During the 1980s an Owner/Partnership of 2 Burger King Restaurants located in Rochester Hills. Back then, my employees were paid $10.00 an hour and were all given a BIG bonus for Christmas and Birthdays for dedicated service.
Currently involved and in good standing with the following:
Sergeant at Arms and Associate Member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Post 132, 20 years.
ACTIVE Member and Volunteer of the State of Michigan Democratic Party, Oakland County Democratic Party the 11 U.S. Congressional Democrat Party, North Oakland Democrat Party and Waterford Democratic Club.
KIWANIS of Rochester Hills - Membership transcended to President of the club in 2004. Helped stimulate city growth through community activities and county involvement.
1970-1972 - Vice President of White Lake Neighborhood Association of White Lake Township, Michigan. I was also in charge of the Sandy Beach Project from start to completion.
I also volunteered for 3 years, helping-out Meals On Wheels. I delivered meals to many persons who were unable to prepare meals for themselves or who were shut-in.
The ONLY Candidate to run against the incumbent(s) for State Representative of District 43 - since 2008!
One thing is sure to be true, when you work hard for something and have earned it through hard work and persistence - You WILL appreciate it more and take care of it more than someone who is just given the same thing! This same lesson applies to running for an elective position. Who do you want to represent you?
STARTING with 2008 - challenged the former State Representative in her final term for election, only to retract my candidacy to prepare a stronger campaign. Came back in 2010 as the "sacrificial lamb" to challenge her protégée and the "machine" behind her.
In 2012 - changed strategy and ran against incumbent once again. This time
A regular parishioner attendee.
The reward of just knowing - how many people life's I have helped to make better by influencing "CHANGE" and by putting them first, before myself.
1972 - Associates Degree in Business Management from Oakland University, Rochester Hills MI. Credentials to meet GM Management requirements. Also, on-site Management Training for GM Management Leaders.
1965 - Graduated from Avondale High School - Avon Township, (Changed to Rochester Hills, 1984) Michigan
Registered for Service as every young man does when turning 18 - but was never called for active duty.
IF at first you don’t succeed, try – try again until you do! 2014 is an Open-Seat - I have worked very hard to get my name out there, time - energy - resources, it would be a shame not to go forward after coming all this way.
REFORM TAXES, the High Cost of Living and Shrinking Benefits! Make Michigan the place were ALL Michigan Families can LIVE-GROW-WORK and RETIRE together in Michigan!
I have actually been running for this seat since 2008. Having lived in Oakland County my entire life, I know I can make a positive difference by putting Michigan Families FIRST! The People of Michigan Deserve a State Representative that WILL be Their Voice in Lansing and that will NOT buckle under pressure when it comes to important decisions affecting their
Source: Billington (07/30/2014)
AMEND PUBLIC ACT 38 of 2012 - New Tax Law imposing upon Senior Pensions and Property taxes, because of the deficit created by the decrease in Michigan Business Taxes in 2011.
Bring back the Earn Income Tax Credit that so many Michigan Families depend on to make ends meet, catch-up on Bills or get the kids ready for school in September.
IT's ALL about making MICHIGAN FAMILIES PRIORITY ONE!
I would also like to change the 1976 Law that prohibits "Spilt-Ticket" Voting in the Primary Election. Too many "shirt-tail" politicians get into office because of it. Time to elect the "Person" NOT the "Party"! I BELIEVE there would be an increase in Voter Turn-Out on Primary Election Day if this Law was changed.
To Make Michigan Families Priority One!
REFORM Taxes, the HIGH Cost of Living and Shrinking Benefits!
To make Positive decisions for Michigan Families when Law making decisions can make adverse affects in the quality of life and direction of Michigan and her citizens.
To be the Voice of the People and restore trust and integrity back into our government.
Reduced Wasteful Government Spending!
Safety Priorities - like fixing our Roads, need to come first before buying "furniture”!
Proven Leadership Accountability - Leading by Example.
Michigan Families are Priority ONE!
REFORM Taxes, the High Cost of Living and Shrinking Benefits!
Amend the Senior Pension Tax and Earned Income Tax Credit.
Utilities and Services should not take persistence over Basic Family Necessities! More Taxes, Less Pay, Pink Slips - how can a family survive these Economics Issues?
Affordable Health Care is not the problem, it's the sky-rocketing medical costs of pharmaceuticals, doctor and hospital visits and insurance premiums that are raging out-of-control!
Where is the balance?
No one supporting a family, working full time should be living in poverty! It's time to give back to Michigan Families!
Putting the backbone back into our Economy with good paying jobs. Giving Tax Incentives to big
Entering into Public Service is no different than anything else that I've ever done. I have always tried to do my best and give it my all! Anyone who has ever known or worked beside me knows that to be true. The people I represented were my priority one. I am the go-to-guy when there's a job that needs to be done!
That's why, I'm called the HAMMER! . . . . . . I would also like to reverse the decision made by the Governor in 1976 to the Michigan State Law prohibiting Voters during the Primary Election from splitting their ticket. Instead of Voting for the Person, You now have to Vote for the Party. This practice has allowed for many to be voted-in on the shirttail of the majority party instead of being voted in on integrity and the people's true choice for the preferred candidate. Michigan is one of 3 states left in the nation to follow this law. I BELIEVE there would be an increase in Voter Turn Out on Primary Election Day if this Law was changed.
Source: Billington (10/07/2012)
No one supporting a family, working full time should be living in poverty! A fair days wage, paid for a full days work is needed to give Michigan Families the ability to keep the economic wheel turning! AND Business need to realize this too! Raising prices to compete with the minimum wage increase – only hurts the average American household. Until consumers income catches-up with the cost of living, this vicious cycle will continue no matter what! A Major PRICE FREEZE across the board on ALL Products, Goods and Services needs to be made. LOWER Prices - MORE Demand, “JOBS” - Everybody wins! But, are Businesses ready and willing to make this sacrifice to help consumer’s catch-up? Or, will the mighty dollar speak!
BRING OUR JOBS BACK HOME!MY PLANS TO HELP STIMULATE MICHIGAN'S ECONOMIC GROWTH ARE: To put the "back-bone " back into our Economy with good paying Jobs!Give SMALL BUSINESSES Tax brakes on dissolving the Personal "BUSINESS" Property Tax to ease operating constraints and help to create jobs in our communities.Reward Incentives for Jobs brought to Michigan! Give big businesses and large corporations Tax Incentives ONLY after they have proven to be putting Michigan's Workers back to work! Close corporate loop-holes of taxable income going to off-shore accounts from profit gains made from outsourcing. When CEO's are making more money than they are paying taxes on, something is wrong and it needs to be addressed! Make big business and large corporations pay their fair share of taxes - not our seniors! STOP - Taxing Seniors Pensions to make-up the difference!
Source: Billington (07/31/2014)
1998 - The National Fair Trade Agreement went into effect and it began the downslide of America's economic strength!
Jobs and profit gains from goods made in America were lost overseas when other countries that did not adhere to fair declaration of taxation.
The Same Rules for import/export of goods traded between all countries interacting with the U.S. should apply fairly - not for profit gain of another country.
It is time to restore America's Greatness!
As an UAW Leader representing nearly 10,000 employees of Local 594 for 18 yrs - this Hot Topic!
UAW National Agreement Paragraph 183 - Stop Outsourcing!
I've always been against this practice and have written MANY Group Grievances because of this. And, before retiring from GM I demanded GM to pay 38 employees a group total of 1.3 million dollars for out sourcing jobs of transportation tuck haulers before relinquishing my title.
It is time to restore Michigan's Greatness!
Boarder crossings and declaration of taxable goods should have the same set of rules from one side to the other side of the boarder. The Importing and Exporting of goods being traded between Michigan and other countries should be fair and profitable.
Some may even say another bridge is needed to accommodate faster logistics times for international trade through Michigan to expedite goods to their destinations.
Some will say it is a "Bridge"
Some may say another bridge is needed to accommodate faster logistics times for international trade through Michigan to expedite goods to their destinations.
Who am I to stand in the way of progress?
BUT, Unless WE change the way we do business, I do not favor opening the door for China to FLOOD our market with their goods. This will indivertibly hurt the U.S. Market with the lost of more Jobs and profits going somewhere instead of right here in the U.S.
Are we no longer capable of Manufacturing? I think NOT!
Keep the WORK HOME!
Stop Sending Jobs Overseas! The Governor has even done with his own company called "Gateway"
Taking jobs away from Michigan workers who have given in some cases, a lifetime of service to a company only to be tossed away in the end, is just plain wrong! "Dedication" works both ways! Corporations that stay in Michigan should get a state and federal tax break!
Where is OUR Future if Jobs keep leaving Michigan?
When the government Bailed-out GM - They packed-up shop and Moved Over Seas!!
WHO are they trying to Fool! Can you spell L-O-Y-A-L-I-T-Y?
It is a real shame that GM bull-dozed down all of these Michigan Plants:
Plant #2-3-4-5-6 and the Fisher Body Plant on Baldwin Rd. (and any other I may have missed)
WHY did they do that??
So no other AUTOMOTIVE Brand could not move into a ready to go operation?!
What are the plans for these sites now? A Garbage Mountain for Canada to fill-up for us?
Ask the People of Pontiac what Plans are being considered where the old Truck and Bus Plant once stood!
When CHURCHES participate in State and Federal Elections, as a Non-Profit Organization receiving financial gains from the state and local government, they should be required to pay the same in taxable income as all other institutions. Capital Gains are Taxable! Let's Play by the same Rules!
And, to specify NO Political Signs Allowed at a Polling Location is in Violation of the Michigan Code Laws. There is no separation of Church and State during this game changer.
MY PLANS TO HELP STIMULATE MICHIGAN'S ECONOMIC GROWTH ARE: To put the "back-bone" back into our Economy with good paying Jobs! By giving big businesses and large corporations Tax Incentives ONLY after they have proven to be putting Michigan's Workers back to work! Close corporate loop-holes of taxable income going to off-shore accounts from profit gains from outsourcing. When CEO's are making more money than they are paying taxes on, something is wrong!
Make big business and large corporations pay their fair share of taxes - not our seniors! STOP - Taxing Seniors Pensions!
Bring Our Jobs Back Home! No ore Outsourcing!
State Proposal 14-1 - 2014 Primary Election Ballot Question
YES- Small Businesses deserve to have relief from this ridiculous tax on their “business” equipment. It would save money for consumers and hopefully create jobs – but, I feel this is Management Trickery!
Where is the lost state revenue going to come from? The Ballot Proposal Does Not give a CLEAR answer as to where the lost revenue will come from IF this Law goes into effect. Will there be a Higher Tax on Senior Pensions or a Personal Property Tax Increase?
At least, if the State Sales Tax was raised a Penny – this would help to evenly compensate for the replacement of funds.
Michigan Family Tax Credit should be given back to the hard working middle class families.
Michigan Business Tax is PUBLIC ACT 38 of 2012 and needs to be needs to be re-visited!
Give Large Corporations and Big Businesses TAX Incentives ONLY after they have proven to be putting Michigan workers back to work!
TAKE BACK THE TAX ON SENIORS!
65-25-0 . . .LIVE-GROW-WORK-RETIRE in Michigan! An Incentive Plan to Live in Michigan and help encourage economic growth . . .This is how it works, A Retired Full Time Resident LIVING in Michigan - Paying Property Taxes, 25yrs or more . . .ZERO! No More Homestead Property Taxes! A FLAT Tax, OUT SOURCING TAX and Responsible Government Spending are just a few ways to regenerate the necessary state funding. The Money IS Out There - it just needs to be harnessed
I would propose an increase to the Michigan Sales Tax -
This funding would be used by the State to eliminate Homestead Property Taxes of Full-time Resident's living in Michigan.
What is Governor Snyder thinking? Allowing FRACKING in PURE Michigan? . . .
“Horizontal hydraulic fracturing” is defined as the technique of expanding or creating rock fractures leading from directional well bores, by injecting substances including but limited to water, fluids, chemicals and propellants under pressure, into or under the rock, for the purposes of exploration, drilling, completion, or production of oil or natural gas. . .This “Jobs” scam can cause more deadly harm than good. . .FRACKING will subject our pristine lakes and streams to poisonous toxins and devastating destruction to our beautiful landscape. Fracking jeopardizes the long-term health and safety of the general public. Michigan is the home of 20% of the World’s Fresh
Source: Billington (10/08/2012)
Let's bring-up our children with the very best in PUBLIC Education! I believe every eager school age child wanting to learn should be able to have good PUBLIC Education, which is close to home. TAX Dollars allocated for Public Schools should stay for Public Schools. TEACHERS shouldn't have to use their own money to buy classroom supplies. Learning tools are essential in preparing kids to think on their feet and excel in a global competitive market. Providing programs like Hot Meals, Latchkey, After School Recreation, Sports, Fine Arts and Technical Training are a FUNDING Must! Keep kids on track and not behind bars! Teachers deserve to be respected and well paid for the job they do in teaching our children. The future of the next generation
One never knows when they will be hit with an unexpected medical crises, especially a life or death situation. To be denied medical treatment for lack of payment is cruel, inhumane and should be treated as a criminal offence! Everyone deserves to be treated regardless of the ability to fulfill a full payment obligation at the time of services rendered. I would take immediate action to initiate a program requiring Doctors of all types to contribute at least 5% of all accounts receivable to a Medical Funding Program to assist patients requiring medical attention from being turned away. “Cut & Cap” medical expenses with new Health Care cost regulations taking affect immediately! Sliding pay-scale income adjusted, keeping treatment and service charges
Source: Billington (10/09/2012)
That should be a person's freedom of choice!
Just like anything else -
I believe APRNs should be given the respect in which they have earned. Their experience is a valuable asset in assisting HCBS to becoming more qualified for patient care. It is also the preference of some, to have a family member or close friend care for their loved one. In that situation, the APRN should be able to extend appropriate training to assist and qualify the specified person’s capability for responsible patient care.
Here again, the government is over stepping its boundaries. The ban on smoking has crated a downfall in business revenue, state and locally. It should be up to the business owner as to how their business is run, not someone who never even placed an order in their establishment. Our Freedoms are being taken away.
It happens all the time, Companies will falsely terminate dedicated seniority workers and replace them with inexperienced and low wage earners in order to cut wage and benefit costs. In turn, replace these workers with inexperienced and low wage workers. This is why UNIONS are so important. They protect workers rights. Unions are the "Safety Net" for workers who have dedicated years of service to a company from being "FIRED" without arbitration. JOBS are too hard to come by nowadays, to loose them like this.
IT's time Large Corporations and Big Businesses get TAX Incentives ONLY after They have proven to be putting Michigan Workers back to work! Let's put the back-bone back into our economy with good paying jobs by "Keeping the Jobs here in Michigan" and stop outsourcing them to other countries. When is the last time you called a Customer Service number and got someone from Michigan? How many times has your call gone over seas?
My opponent, State Rep. Haines sided with the Governor instead of standing-up for the best interest of the people. She Voted in Favor of reducing the number of Unemployment Benefit Weeks from 26 to 20. At a time when Jobs are leaving Michigan and families are struggling to make ends meet - This is not right! Who is she really representing?
IF State Rep Haines really cared, about the Hard Working Middle Class WHY does She Support “Right To Work” for Michigan! IF that takes hold in Michigan, it will jeopardize benefits, financial welfare and the safety of All Michigan Workers! It will allow Big Businesses and Large Corporations and to “Call the Shots” in their favor, on every decision made regarding the treatment and well being of ALL Michigan Workers! This is why Unions like the UAW, AFL-CIO and MEA are endorsing me.