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Illinois State House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 55

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Martin J. Moylan

Democratic
Retired Electrician. Former Mayor of Des Plaines and current State Rep.
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Crafiting a responsible state budget.
  • Protecting our families.
  • Fighting for safety from gun violence in our schools and neighborhoods.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired Electrician. Former Mayor of Des Plaines and current State Rep.
State Representative, State of Illinois — Elected position (2013–current)
Mayor, City of Des Plaines — Elected position (2009–2012)
Alderman, City of Des Plaines — Elected position (2007–2009)

Questions & Answers

Questions from Chicago Sun-Times (15)

Do you support term limits for legislators? Do you support term limits for legislative leaders? Please explain.
Answer from Martin J. Moylan:

I support term limits for legislators. I think it's important that voters are regularly presented with choices in elections, and term limits for legislators should create more competitive elections.

I also support term limits for the constitutional officers. While I support the concept of term limits, I will be sure to review specific proposals before making any final decisions.

Who do you think bears responsibility for the budget stalemate? Do you have your own ideas on how to resolve it?
Answer from Martin J. Moylan:

The state budget process is supposed to be a collaborative effort between the governor and the Legislature. Unfortunately, the governor has refused to cooperate with the Legislature on crafting a budget that prevents devastating cuts to the critical programs and services that the families in my district rely on.

I believe in a balanced approach to the state budget. We have to all agree that we cannot pass a budget that slashes vital funding for programs like breast cancer screenings for women, care for the elderly, and domestic violence shelters. We have to cut perks for politicians before cutting important programs that people rely on. For more revenue, I support raising the tax rate on millionaires and closing corporate tax loopholes.

 

A June 3 New York Times op-ed was headlined “Higher Education in Illinois is Dying” because of significant funding cuts. Do you agree or not with Gov. Bruce Rauner that additional large cuts could be necessary?
Answer from Martin J. Moylan:

I voted many times to reject the governor's reckless cuts to higher education. I also voted to increase funding for MAP grants, so more students from lower income families can realize the American dream of attending college.

Reports have indicated that many of our high school students are leaving Illinois to attend college in other states. This is not the time to entertain cuts to higher education. We need to properly fund our state universities so that these students remain in Illinois.

The families I talk to in my district are facing a difficult decision. Many want their children to stay in Illinois for college, but find that the cost of tuition for Illinois schools is too expensive compared with nearby states. If we cut funding to higher education, the cost of tuition may rise even further, putting more pressure on families to send their children elsewhere for school.

It's time for us to stop treating funding for universities as bargaining chips in a larger game of state government. We need to invest properly in our schools and make it easier for students to get a college degree in their home state. We have some of the best public universities in the country, and the Legislature and governor need to do their jobs to keep it that way.

How should the state’s school funding formula be changed to give all children a better chance at a quality education?
Answer from Martin J. Moylan:

The way we fund public schools in Illinois needs to change so that every child can receive the best education. However, the way we do that is not by taking money from some districts and sending it to others. There were proposals discussed in Springfield this past legislative session that would have taken millions of dollars from the schools I represent and shift them to other parts of the state. This is not the proper solution to the education funding problem in Illinois.

With that in mind, I understand that some districts in Illinois are underfunded and the state should help these children receive as good an education as any other student in the state. That's why I voted for a budget plan this year that would have increased funding for every local public school.

Without a budget, Illinois is spending much more than it takes in, leading to an ever-growing stack of bills, underfunded services and a growing deficit. What new revenue sources do you support to help fix this problem?
Answer from Martin J. Moylan:

Like 62% of the voters in my district, I support raising income tax rates on millionaires. I voted for a Constitutional Amendment that could make this happen, but Republican opposition prevented this overwhelmingly popular measure from passing. I also support closing tax loopholes. What I don't support is a tax increase on middle-class families in my district. Between property tax increases, stagnating wages, and rising health care costs, the middle-class families in my district cannot afford to hand over more money to the state.

To help reduce the state budget deficit, I support the following measures, in addition to other cuts:
Eliminate the pension system for legislators (I am personally not participating in the taxpayer funded pension system)
Cut the state vehicle fleet
Cut state airplane fleet
Consolidate the offices of Treasurer and Comptroller
Eliminate the lieutenant governor's office (I voted to make this a reality)
Reduce the number of state issued cell phones

A constitutional amendment is on the ballot that would require money raised for transportation not be spent elsewhere. Do you support this concept? Also, transportation planners say more money is needed for roads and bridges, Metra, CTA rail services and the like. Do you agree and, if so, where would you get the funding?
Answer from Martin J. Moylan:

I support this constitutional amendment.

I agree that our public transportation system needs more funding. Many workers in my district rely on Metra to get to and from work, and it's important this and all public transportation systems in the state have the funding needed to provide safe and reliable transportation. To increase funding for transportation, I support closing corporate tax loopholes, increasing taxes on millionaires, and eliminating wasteful spending.

In the last session, the governor and Legislature turned their attention away from pension reform. What initiatives do you support to reduce the costs of pensions?
Answer from Martin J. Moylan:

The Legislature worked for years on a meaningful pension reform law, but it was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. We must be very careful with any new proposed changes to make sure it survives a challenge on constitutional grounds. I support new pension reform that makes sure the public pension system remains solvent and viable for current and future pensioners. Everyone, including the public sector employees, understand the system needs to be reformed. Any changes should be fair to taxpayers and to the public sector employees. All stakeholders should have a seat at the table when the new law is being crafted.

The state pension system is in the shape it’s in because of decades of neglect by previous governors and legislators and the overall financial downtown of the late 2000's. We are now trying to turn the system in the right direction, but we are operating at a deep disadvantage due to past mismanagement and unfortunate events in the financial markets.

There is no easy or quick fix to this situation, but I am committed to meaningful reform that leads to a fully funded pension system.

Do you support measures to reduce Illinois’ prison population and divert more money into community-based services?
Answer from Martin J. Moylan:

Protecting the residents of my district from crime is a top priority for me. I do not support plans that would allow violent or dangerous criminals to be released from prison early and enter our neighborhoods.

There are calls to reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture system, which allows police and prosecutors to seize and take – permanently – property from someone who has not been convicted of a crime? What is your view?
Answer from Martin J. Moylan:

When I go door-to-door in my community to ask residents what issues are important to them, this is not an issue that is mentioned. What is mentioned is their desire to keep their neighborhoods safe from crime. The residents in my district want to see more dollars directed to programs that fight crime. We need more funding the in the state budget to reduce the state's rape kit backlog so that rapists are held accountable for their crimes and the victims get the justice they deserve. We need common-sense gun laws that keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. We need to ban assault weapons and make sure that a background check is conducted on every gun sale.

We need to make sure the state is tracking dangerous sex offenders so that parents are aware of who is living in their neighborhood.

Do you support allowing transgender persons born in Illinois to change the gender marker on their birth certificate without undergoing surgery first?
Answer from Martin J. Moylan:

In my time in the state house, I am proud to have supported legislation allowing marriage equality in Illinois and prohibiting discrimination in other aspects of life. I support making sure our laws create greater equality to all of Illinois' residents. At this time, the legislature has not had a thorough discussion of this issue, but I believe it deserves consideration. Before making a commitment, I need to see the specifics of the legislation.

What is your view on so-called “death with dignity” — physician-assisted suicide — which has become a contentious issue in other states? California’s End of Life Option Act took effect on June 9.
Answer from Martin J. Moylan:

This is a difficult topic because of the many moral and practical considerations that must be taken into account. This is not an issue that comes up with the residents I speak to at the doors or at community events. I am more concerned with passing a responsible budget, keeping our communities safe, and protecting vital funding for services that my residents rely on than on this issue

What measures do you support to reduce levels of gun violence?
Answer from Martin J. Moylan:

I support common-sense measures to prevent gun violence. I am working to strengthen mental health treatment and prevent the mentally ill from obtaining guns. I support a ban on assault weapons. I support requiring a background check for every gun sale. I support requiring gun dealers to be licensed. I support allowing a judge to order guns be taken away from those who demonstrate violent behavior or threaten to commit mass shootings. I support banning suspected terrorists from purchasing guns. I support legislation to crack down on illegal gun trafficking in Illinois.

A number of states and local jurisdictions (including Chicago) have recently increased the minimum wage. Do you support or oppose a statewide increase in the minimum wage? If so, what should the new minimum be, and by when? Should local jurisdictions be prohibited from passing their own minimum wage laws?
Answer from Martin J. Moylan:

I support increasing the minimum wage. We need to help working families make ends meet, and an increase in the minimum wage will help make that happen. The minimum wage is simply not enough to live on, and more needs to be done to help working families.

There is broad support among Ililnois voters across the state for increasing the minimum wage. However, it's been difficult to find a consensus on what the new minimum wage should be and when it should go into effect. The governor agrees the minimum wage should be raised, so this is an issue that should reach a bipartisan solution.

In the past couple of legislative sessions, there has been a proposal to add a 1 cent tax on all sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Illinois. Do you support or oppose such a measure, and why?
Answer from Martin J. Moylan:

I do not support this proposal.

In recent years, there has been a growing push to increase the development and use of renewable energy sources. Do you support or oppose these preferences?
Answer from Martin J. Moylan:

I support House Bill 2607, the Clean Jobs bill. This bill will raise the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard to 35% by 2030, which will help limit carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs. 

We need to take action to reverse the negative effects of global warming to make sure our communities remain viable for our children and grandchildren. Extreme weather caused by climate change has the potential to devestate our agriculture sector, cause negative public health consequences, and disrupt Lake Michigan and the economic production that it creates.

I have been endorsed by the Sierra Club and have earned a perfect rating from the Illinios Environmental Council. I am committed to making sure Illinois protects its environment and limits carbon pollution.

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— October 3, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times

Marty Moylan tells why he should remain the state representative from the 55th district.

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