On the Issues
Michigan Voter Information Center
(State of Michigan)
Welcome to my campaign website! I’m Joseph
Bogdan, and I’m running for State Representative in House District 30 (Sterling
Heights, Utica, and Shelby Twp.). (Image Map) (Detailed
thank you to everyone who voted for me in the primary election. The voter’s guides will
continue to be available through November for the general election.
A shared vision for our
For more than 40 years we have been
a nation divided: red states versus blue states, liberals versus
conservatives, employers versus employees, gun rights versus gun control,
pro-life versus pro-choice, and the minority versus the majority.
not be this way.
Deep down inside, we all desire the
Deep down inside, we all share the
same vision for America:
Our vision for America is a land of opportunity, a place where
if we work hard we call all achieve the American Dream.
Our vision for America is a land of freedom, a place
where red tape can only be found at the local home improvement store.
Our vision for America is a land of fairness, a place
where we are not held back nor see others unfairly advanced ahead of us.
Our vision for America is a land of profound natural beauty,
not only for ourselves but also for our children and grandchildren.
for America is a land where our
children will be prepared for the future, that they will grow up in a
safe environment that fosters learning.
Our vision for America is a land of safe neighborhoods,
a place where we can walk the streets of any city at night without fearing
Our vision for America is a land at peace, a nation of
friendship deemed untouchable by tyrants and extremists alike, a place where
we achieve safety without compromising law-abiding citizens’ rights.
Our vision for America is a nation
with a government serving its citizens efficiently and effectively, one which
allows us to minimize our taxes
without hurting our quality of life.
Our vision for America is a nation united, the same
vision our Founding Fathers had when they established this country, a place
where we work together to achieve a shared vision and win-win solutions for
all of us.
are the United States of America. This is the vision we all share.
By making the right choices, we—the people of America—can make this shared
vision a reality.
more about how we can achieve this shared vision on the On the Issues page!
if you’ve got ideas for how to better achieve this shared vision, I’d love to
hear them on Facebook!
a quick summary of some of the things I hope to achieve as state
the income tax for the average citizen
(simultaneously eliminating the
tax on seniors)
- Ensure adequate funding for our school and roads
- Overhaul the tax system so the average citizen’s taxes are lower
but taxes on foreign imports are higher (encouraging people to buy
- Making government prepay for essential services
(schools, police, etc.), no
shut downs/scare tactics when legislators have bad budgeting
- Require units of government to
pay off existing debts and then prohibit
them from incurring debt again—using a constitutional amendment
win-win resolutions for the gun rights versus gun
control, pro-life versus pro-choice, and LGBT versus traditional
- A $10K cut in legislative salaries (an even bigger cut
than the one made in 2011)
- Adjust college funding to make
it less expensive to pursue
in-demand careers and less enticing to seek careers not in
- Have all firms include their
proposed pay scales in job listings (eliminating time wasted by both job
candidates and employers, also increases transparency and fair employment
virtually all wages to inflation (with a goal to eliminate inflation entirely)
the minimum voting age
the minimum wage for companies with more than ten
workers (thereby creating
opportunities for entrepreneurs)
- A self-sufficient work program
that will teach workers the
skills they need for better-paying jobs
- A policy of no “surprise” layoffs,
giving employees the opportunity to secure employment elsewhere
- Introducing multiple-choice bills and ballot
proposals, making the process more efficient and giving voters more options
- Creating option for voluntary
an end to much of the lobbying, corruption, and campaigning mania by
imposing a 50% tax on political contributions
the illegal drug networks without costing taxpayers:
permitting individuals who become addicted to go back and sue whoever
introduced them to drugs; by destroying the networks of trust between
drug users, the networks will also be destroyed (but only applying
retroactively for 5 years, so won’t affect anyone who experimented long
end gerrymandering by having redistricting maps
developed to mathematical criteria, not legislators’ whims
- For education: a legislative cap on
administrative expenses, funneling resources back into the
- Higher education: require
universities and colleges to synchronize their courses (ending the credit transfer games),
also require universities to accept more community college credits
- Having state-funded
institutions post their resources online so all the people of Michigan can advance their education
the government’s protection of criminals—long-term
results will probably be an 80-90% reduction in crime
government red tape without endangering our citizens
- Extending the National Do Not Call Registry to
include political calls—no
more irritating robo-calls!
learn more about these and other measures I hope to introduce, visit the On the Issues page!