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State Rep. Jeff Farrington Gets Real with Patch

Patch sits down with State Rep. Jeff Farrington (R-Utica) for a little Q and A.

Shelby-Utica Patch: What issues are you most concerned with?

Rep. Jeff Farrington: It’s basically everything.

1. Job growth in Michigan and a creating a culture for jobs.

2. Taking control of government spending and stop spending more money than the government has. 

Shelby-Utica Patch: What are your plans/goals for the future?

Farrington:

1. Lower taxes for business owners.

2. Get NITC Bridge, New International Trade plan from Detroit to Canada approved.

3. Lower regulation: Too many companies are being pushed away from doing business in the state.

4. Make access to capital easier for small and midsize businesses.

Shelby-Utica Patch: How are you handling the recall efforts against you?

Sidebar information: The MEA, Michigan Education Association, has endorsed the recall efforts against Farrington, and several other Republican lawmakers who voted to cut school funding, weaken teacher tenure protection and give more power to emergency managers.

Farrington: I haven’t taken it too seriously. It’s a distraction and a political ploy.

Shelby-Utica Patch: During your campaign you talked about higher education being important to you. How would you respond to people who have challenged your statement, saying that if education was so important, why did you vote in favor of the school funding cuts?

Farrington:

I disagree with them entirely. Education, as far as K-12, was not nearly as touched as others departments in the state’s budget.

Also, teacher tenure is great for the students. That’s what it's about, the students and not the personal need of educators. Beyond keeping the budget in line, we did teacher tenure to make sure the children are getting their education.

Sidebar information: This is Farrington's first term as the state representative for Utica and parts of Sterling Heights. Farrington took office in January. For more information, or to contact Farrington, click here

Richard Lake July 28, 2011 at 03:11 AM
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Teacher July 28, 2011 at 12:12 PM
The MEA does support the recall for Farrington. However, they did NOT intiate this effort as the article implies. Utica Community Schools lost $6 million in state budget cuts that Farrington and Snyder supported.
Marina Cracchiolo (Editor) July 28, 2011 at 01:22 PM
The article does not state that the MEA initiated the recall. The article says the MEA targeted Farrington, among other republican reps.
J. E. Leo July 28, 2011 at 08:09 PM
Ms. Cracchilo, This is a very well written non-biased article. I really appreciate the facts and information you provided and will continue to look to the Patch for local community news. It appears the Rep. Farrington has done exactly what he stated in his campaign and won his election for. I look forward to what he will be doing in the future and will be watching the Patch for that information.
Marina Cracchiolo (Editor) July 29, 2011 at 12:14 PM
Thank you, J.E. Leo.
Robert July 29, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Farrington: I haven’t taken it too seriously. It’s a distraction and a political ploy. To many of our State Representatives and Senators are of this opinion. Why is it that their constituents have become distractions? I've seen some of the bills drafted by Jeff.....they are written as if he has no knowledge of the subject. When you write him he just blows you off. I don't call this a distraction.....I call this democracy. So when the people who voted him in, like myself, get upset with his performance and take action......I get labeled as a distraction. Jeff deserved my signature on the recall petition and he lost my vote next election.
John August 05, 2011 at 09:16 PM
Farrington deserves to be recalled. How can he claim to represent the voters in his district when 70% of them did not favor any more cuts to education funding and yet he voted for it? He represents only his narrow self interests. His kids attend private schools, he is not a stake holder in the Utica Community Schools and his votes reflect that. And if he is not concerned about being recalled, why did I get 5 calls over two days telling me not to sign it? He's shaking from them. Did you notice that he has stopped having open coffee house meetings to hear from his constituents? They gave him an earful at the last two of them and so it appears he has given them up so won't have to answer to those he is supposed to represent.

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