Senate District 14
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.
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?
Sue Shink: Yes. I support licensing tobacco retailers and discouraging sales to minors.
Question 2- Do you support simplifying the taxation rate to a uniform rate of 32% that covers all tobacco products?
Sue Shink: Yes. This system seems more straightforward and fair.
Question 3- Do you support legislation that would reduce or eliminate ineffective Purchase, Use and Possession laws?
Sue Shink: Yes. I support evidence based strategies. I do not support strategies that punish youth.
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?
Sue Shink: Yes. I support suffiicient funding for evidence based strategies to support those who would like to quit using tobacco.
Question 5- Do you support recognizing Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists as a profession for Medicaid billing?
Sue Shink: Yes. I am interested in learning more about this. I am inclined to support the recognition of CTTS for direct billing and other purposes.
Question 6- Do you support giving pharmacists the authority to prescribe all seven tobacco cessation medications?
Sue Shink: Yes. I am inclined to support this. I am interested in learning more about the benefits of this change.