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November 8, 2016 — Illinois Elección General

Illinois State House of RepresentativesCandidato para Distrito 46

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Heidi Holan

Republicana
Home Educator and Businessperson
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Passing a Balanced Budget
  • Lowering Property Taxes
  • Pension Reform

Experiencia

Educación

Elmhurst College BS Business Administration (current)
Elmhurst College BS Business Administration (current)

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de Chicago Sun-Times (15)

Do you support term limits for legislators? Do you support term limits for legislative leaders? Please explain.
Respuesta de Heidi Holan:

I support term limits for all legislators and legislative leaders.  While an election should be a natural term limit, due to the power of incumbency and partisan redistricting, we have politicians who have spent decades in office and have protected self interests instead of the interests of all Illinoisans.  The existing dismal economic condition of Illinois under the leadership of a handful of long-term politicians is a perfect illustration of why Illinois needs both fair maps and term limits.

Who do you think bears responsibility for the budget stalemate? Do you have your own ideas on how to resolve it?
Respuesta de Heidi Holan:

A stalemate has occurred because some legislators continue to vote to spend more that the state receives in revenue.   

 The process of preparing a balanced budget is simple and each of us is required to do it in our homes.  We determine the amount of money coming in and bills to be paid during a given time period.  If the expenses are higher than the income, we have to cut our spending or find a way to make more money. The order in which we pay our bills reveals our spending priorities.

In Springfield I will seek to serve the best interests of all by working with those who desire to pass a balanced budget and create an environment where all families and businesses can thrive.  

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?
Respuesta de Heidi Holan:

Our state has serious financial problems and the citizens, tired of footing the bill for Springfield’s insatiable spending appetite, are voting with their feet as revealed by the declining population in this state. We didn’t get into our present condition overnight and we will not get out of it quickly, but we must begin to move in a new direction or we cannot expect to improve our situation.

 

Beginning in 2011 our income taxes were hiked 67% for four years and our financial problems were not solved by the influx of revenue.  In 2015 Governor Rauner placed many policy changes on the table. These reforms address the reasons people are leaving and have the potential to change the trajectory of our fiscal condition.  I believe we need to implement reforms aimed at ending the exodus, growing our job opportunities and reducing our debt.

How should the state’s school funding formula be changed to give all children a better chance at a quality education?
Respuesta de Heidi Holan:

Currently the funding formula takes into account numerous situations and conditions and then determines an amount per child to that will be distributed to a district.  Some districts may receive $2,000 per student and others may receive $7,500 per student. 

 

The goal of our education funding should be to provide children with a quality K-12 education at a fair price to the taxpayer. There should be checks and balances to ensure that these goals are being met. Having state funding follow the child would be a good first step.  Equal funding should be assigned to every school child, and then additions can be made to address individual needs and situations.  Once assigned, parents could have this amount provided to the school of their choice.  Competition for tax dollars would drive innovation and excellence in schools.

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?
Respuesta de Heidi Holan:

Once again, Springfield has no standing at this time to ask for one more hard-earned dollar from Illinois taxpayers because the taxpayers have no confidence that their tax dollars are being used wisely. Springfield must begin to appropriate spending based upon funds received and no more.  This will require prioritizing spending, cutting waste, and making changes to policies in order to lower our expenses. 

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?
Respuesta de Heidi Holan:

This amendment demonstrates the need for true reforms as it would not be on the ballot if not for the woeful mismanagement of taxpayer funds over the past few decades. The declining population and high unemployment rates scream of the need for an improved business environment in Illinois which would naturally generate increased revenues.  That environment will only come about when legislators get serious about controlling spending and putting in places solutions to improve our economic condition.  Once that occurs, one agency or department will not need to pass an amendment to protect its funds from another.

 

 

Again, we cannot spend money we do not have.

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?
Respuesta de Heidi Holan:

The ability for politicians to use employee retirement income as a political football must end.  Illinois residents should not be put at risk of a massive tax hike or a collapsed economy as a result of actions by unscrupulous politicians.

The key components of reform should ensure that 1) all pension benefits earned to date are paid and 2) state employees gain complete control over their retirement funds. Moving all current public employees into self-managed plans for future work, while protecting already-earned benefits, would be a significant step.

In addition, all new hires should receive defined contribution plans.  If those employees choose to invest in an annuity within their plan it will be at their choice and politicians will not have control of it. Elected officials who are part-time should not be eligible for a pension. I would also support offering a buy-out option for current employees. 

 

To allow our pension system to go the way of Detroit would be a disservice to all the teachers, police officers and other dedicated public sector employees who performed their duties with the full expectation and good faith of receiving their promised benefits upon retirement.  

Do you support measures to reduce Illinois’ prison population and divert more money into community-based services?
Respuesta de Heidi Holan:

The goal of our justice system should be just that – justice.  I support goals that ensure that nonviolent offenders are not punished harshly for low-level crimes.  All efforts should be made to encourage reform by these nonviolent offenders so that they become responsible members of their communities.

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?
Respuesta de Heidi Holan:

The role of government is to uphold the rights of citizens, including the right to own property.  Any law allowing for the unjust seizure of property must be overturned.

Do you support allowing transgender persons born in Illinois to change the gender marker on their birth certificate without undergoing surgery first?
Respuesta de Heidi Holan:

No

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.
Respuesta de Heidi Holan:

First, the role of physician is one of a healer and to do otherwise is to violate the Hippocratic Oath.   Second, there is something natural about the process of dying that gives all involved the ability to cope with what is happening. Interrupting the natural process of passing from this world can rob loved ones of proper stages of grief.

What measures do you support to reduce levels of gun violence?
Respuesta de Heidi Holan:

I support the enforcement of existing laws.  Too often we hear of violent crimes being committed by repeat offenders.   Ensuring that those who commit violent crimes remain off the streets is essential to decreasing gun violence.

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?
Respuesta de Heidi Holan:

Illinois has one of the highest minimum wages in the country. Raising it further will hurt small businesses as well as many workers and will make Illinois less competitive than neighboring states. Requiring that a worker be paid a higher salary does not provide the business with the revenue to do so.  In fact, it has a high probability of resulting in a reduced work force.   Our state would be best served by having a thriving market of entry level jobs for those seeking to build their resume and skills.

 

As a supporter of local control over municipalities, I would allow local jurisdictions to determine whether they wish to raise the minimum wage.

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?
Respuesta de Heidi Holan:

Springfield has no standing to ask taxpayers for a soda tax or any other type of revenue increase at this time.  Rather than prioritize spending, cut waste, and appropriate spending based upon funds received – in other words, balance the budget - for the past 15 years Springfield has chosen to spend into the red and is currently on track to have $10 billion in unpaid bills by the end of this year. 

 Taxpayers want to be confident that their hard earned dollars are going to provide the services they value.  That trust and confidence is missing and for that reason alone I oppose all new taxes at this time.

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?
Respuesta de Heidi Holan:

Our government should not be in the business of choosing winners and losers in the marketplace.  Our society relies on energy and we place a high value on having clean water and air.  In a market-based system, businesses able to deliver these at a fair cost will succeed. Tax dollars should not be used to promote one provider over another.

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