76th House District candidate profile: Independent, Keith Allard
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Patrick Center November 2, 2012 | WGVU
Twenty-six year old Keith Allard comes with political experience at the state level having worked in the Executive Office of the Governor as a Securities Regulator. He’s not enamored by state capital politics and lawmakers. If Allard had it his way he’d make serving on the state legislature a part-time gig.
“Our legislature is paid way too much money. Forty other states right now pay their legislatures only for the days they work in session.”
Allard points out Michigan’s Legislature is the second highest paid in the country. A part-time legislature saves the state money and motivates members to serve the public. When it comes to saving real dollars to enhance education funding and revenue sharing, Allard says you can carve out a half a billion dollars from the Department of Corrections $2 billion budget. He’d cut pharmaceutical costs, monitor non-violent offenders on ankle bracelets, and establish a system for medical parole.
“The state is liable for the health care of every single inmate in the system. Even if a man’s robbed a bank ore something, if he’s in his seventies and he has stage four cancer he’s not going to get out and rob a bank. We need to parole people like that into hospice, let their families take care of their health care and stop keeping them on the state dime so they can basically die in prison.”
Allard says working as a state regulator provides him with experience cutting through red tape. Knowledge he’d use for improving employment conditions across the state
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