MDP Insider’s Get To Know: State Senator Jim Ananich
Prior to his inaugural term in the Senate, Ananich represented portions of Flint and Genesee County for one full term and one partial term in the Michigan House of Representatives. He also served four years on the Flint City Council, including one year as its president.
During his tenure in the legislature, Ananich has been at the forefront of addressing the Flint Water Crisis. He continues to push for answers and champion long-term solutions to the critical infrastructure, health and economic needs the community now faces.
What is your #1 goal for Michigan in 2019?
Heading into 2019 with a Democratic governor, and more Democrats in the Senate and House, we have real opportunities to actually get things done that improve the everyday lives of Michiganders. My number one goal is to move away from the petty stalemates and missed opportunities of the last decade and begin making progress on an aggressive agenda that addresses the issues Michiganders need resolved most. At the top of that list is fixing our roads and infrastructure, improving k-12 education and ensuring every Michigan resident can trust that the water from their taps is safe to drink.
What current project or initiative are you working on that you would like Michigan Democrats to know about?
Parents across the state struggle with advancing their careers while affording quality child care for their kids. There is more we can be doing at the state level to help hardworking moms and dads put food on the table without being overly burdened by the rising costs of child care.
The administration of the past eight years focused on the wants of corporations, and I want the next eight years to be focused on the needs of people. That’s why the very first bill I introduced this term is a child care tax credit. Let’s make sure young kids have a safe, quality place to learn and grow while their parents are at work.
Do you have any advice for how active Democrats should be preparing for 2020?
We have to be listening. We all have neighbors, relatives and friends who feel excluded from politics because they think they are not heard. Now is the time to begin laying the groundwork to make sure voters feel listened to by Democrats. We will be in the heat of election season in no time, and the more we listen to others and seek out their honest opinions now, the more information we have to better shape our policies and priorities for 2020.
What are you reading right now?
“What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City” by Flint’s own Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha tells us the story of how her medical detective work and determination helped her uncover the realities of the Flint water crisis. Her book should be required reading for anyone involved in policy-making or citizen activism as an example of what can go wrong when those calling the shots care more about the bottom line than the lives of the people they are charged with caring for.
What is your theme song?
MC Breed, “Ain’t No Future in Yo’ Frontin’.” Can’t mess with Flint’s best.
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