House District 73

Full Questionnaire text can be found here.  All answers are verbatim with the exception that explanations that started with a lower case letter were capitalized.

Tobacco Free Michigan surveyed all major party candidates for Michigan House and Senate Districts.  The survey was sent on September 8th and candidates had until October 1 to respond.  To see if your candidates responded choose from the menu below.  All responses are verbatim and unedited.  Districts where neither candidate opted to respond are not listed

Question 1: Do you support legislation that would create a strong fully funded, comprehensive tobacco retail licensing system in Michigan that includes strong enforcement and penalties on violators? 

Norman D. Shinkle: Yes. I believe illegal drugs is a bigger problem.


Julie Brixie: Did Not Respond

Question 2- Do you support simplifying the taxation rate to a uniform rate of 32% that covers all tobacco products?

Norman D. Shinkle: Yes. The more you tax something the less you get - people will find other ways to get the product.

Julie Brixie: Did Not Respond.

Question 3- Do you support legislation that would reduce or eliminate ineffective Purchase, Use and Possession laws?

Norman D. Shinkle: Yes. Sounds like common sense.

Julie Brixie: Did Not Respond.

Question 4- Do you support increasing Michigan's annual expenditures for cessation and prevention services to a minimum of $10 million annually to support the two-thirds (68%) of people who currently smoke and would like to quit?

Norman D. Shinkle: No. Can't commit to spending at this time - will do it if we cut somewhere else.

Julie Brixie: Did Not Respond.

Question 5- Do you support recognizing Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists as a profession for Medicaid billing?

Norman D. Shinkle: No. Don't know how much this will cost long term.

Julie Brixie: Did Not Respond.

Question 6- Do you support giving pharmacists the authority to prescribe all seven tobacco cessation medications?

 

Norman D. Shinkle: Yes. I am assuming these are not covered by insurance.

Julie Brixie: Did Not Respond.