Vote for Colleen Turk
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Original Priorities

A Different Way to Get Things Done

 

Priorities

We can’t solve our state’s problems with the same old options we’ve used before – cut taxes or raise them, privatize or centralize.  Our problems are complicated and we need to elect people who not only have the ability  to design creative solutions but also have the drive to find common ground with citizens and other elected officials. That's how we put real solutions in place.

 

RESTORE EDUCATION FUNDING

  • Improve teacher-to-pupil ratios
  • Increase counseling for social-emotional needs
  • Bring back certified librarians to improve literacy & curriculum

INCREASE TAKE-HOME PAY FOR MIDDLE CLASS

  • Expand affordable healthcare options
  • Fight for higher hourly wages
  • Support vocational training for good-paying trades

PROTECT MICHIGAN'S NATURAL RESOURCES

  • Safe water for drinking
  • Clean lakes and rivers for recreation and fishing
  • Accountability for polluters
 
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Schools and student achievement

Recent reports rank Michigan's fourth graders 41st in the country for their reading abilities.  At 31st, our 8th graders aren't much better.  For our kids, for the state's future workforce, and to attract top businesses today, we have to do better. 

I graduated from Howell Public Schools and have my children enrolled in the very same district. I believe high quality public schools are an integral part of that American Dream that feels like it's getting harder and harder to see. If we can't figure out how to improve our students' academic abilities, their problem-solving skills, and their overall mental health, they might grow up believing the American Dream is a myth.

My love for school means I'm still connected to a number of local teachers whose opinions I respect (but will challenge). My involvement in launching the Jr. First LEGO League with the help of Al de la Iglesia, Kim Portuesi, and amazing local parents has connected me with community members invested in integrating STEM in every level of education.


Health care cost and quality

Our country spends more on health care yet offers lower quality than much of the globe. Yet politicians at the federal level appear to be a long way off from improving the cost and quality of our health care system. We can't afford to wait for a solution at the federal level. Informed patients asking the right questions can make changes now.

Because of my work experience at Michigan Medicine and Sparrow Health, I have a network of concerned clinicians and administrators whose diverse perspectives I can call on to help craft meaningful, effective changes. When it comes to health care today, it feels like it's hard to know who to trust. I'm asking you to trust me to know whose heart is in the right place when we try to enact improvements to health care on a statewide level. Trust me as someone who just signed up for a 2-year payment plan for medical care that was only partially covered by my insurance. I want a solution that will work for me and for my neighbors.

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The right pay and benefits

Believe it or not, economists say the Great Recession is behind us. If you look around, so many companies are hiring and the numbers show corporate profits are growing. But for you and me, does it feel like the recession is over? Are our paychecks growing or our benefits getting better?  Can parents make it as single-earner families or afford childcare if they both work?

We can find innovative ways to encourage corporations to pay the wages employees deserve and offer the benefits employees need while balancing the future growth of the companies.

 

We need to be connecting with areas outside our own state to figure out what’s working and bring it back home.  We should be tapping into knowledge at our universities where some of the nation’s best research on public problems is already occurring – find out what they know and what makes sense to implement in our district and in our state.

Finding the answers to our problems requires meeting with our local and national experts on the topics, talking with community members, and digging through research and legislation. 

As a graduate of the liberal University of Michigan and the conservative University of Notre Dame, I know how to dig through research with a discerning eye for answers. I’m adept at communication and negotiation but I’m most well-known for my ability to cut to the chase and get things done.

Creating the solutions to solve our problems is a long-term, interactive process, and I can promise you I’m going to work on tackling these problems whether you elect me or not. However, there’s a fire in my heart that tells me the work I do as a hobbyist in our community is significantly less than what I could do as your State Representative. You'll be hard-pressed to find someone who works more earnestly for our community and our state than I do.  I'm asking for your vote to give a local girl the honor of bringing your voice to Lansing.