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Posted: Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:50PM

Cindy Duran Explains Opposition To Prop 1 And Medicaid Expansion

State House candidate Cindy Duran is speaking out concerning her opposition to Proposal 1 on the August primary ballot. The proposal is meant to ensure local governments continue to receive funding for essential services like police and fire when the state's personal property tax levied on business equipment goes away, but Duran believes it will have too many unintended consequences. She referenced the Senate Fiscal Analysis written in March by David Zin that examined the 10-bill package that led to Proposal 1.


Duran agrees with Representative Al Pscholka and many others that the personal property tax needs to be eliminated, but she is not sold that this is the right way to go about it. She argues it's incredibly complicated.


Proposal 1 is backed by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce, the cities of St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids and many others. It would redirect part of the use tax collected by the state to local governments as a 100% replacement of the revenue lost by the phase out of the personal property tax, but Duran says there are no guarantees in the legislation that everyone will continue to receive all of the funds. Another platform for Duran is opposing the expansion of Medicaid in Michigan through Governor Snyder's Healthy Michigan program. Sign-up for the program in the first four months exceeded full-year expectations, but Duran says expanding Medicaid will only make the healthcare system worse.


Many doctors will not accept Medicaid patients for that reason, and Duran worries that as more people wind up with that coverage, they'll be forced back to emergency rooms for their treatment instead of seeing primary care physicians. State lawmakers passed the expansion with Governor Snyder arguing that so long as the Affordable Care Act is law, Michigan needs to find ways to take advantage of what the federal government is offering. Duran and Pscholka will face off in the primary on August 5.


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