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Campaigning to hold the office as State Representative in the 63rd district, Matt Hall serves as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, in addition to his roles on the House Education, Regulatory Reform, and Tax Policy Committees. In May, Matt was appointed as Chairman of the Joint Select Committee on the Covid-19 Pandemic. Matt is running for the position of State Representative so he can accomplish the goals that he laid the groundwork for during his first term. “The Covid-19 pandemic delayed a lot of the policy agenda that we were hoping to accomplish this term, “ said Matt. “If we are unable to accomplish occupational licensing reform, fund workforce development programs, and regulatory reform, then I will take these issues up and champion them next term.” Moving forward, Matt’s top priorities include regulatory reform, executive branch oversight, developing tax policy that fosters job creation and economic activity, and workforce development. In addition to answering the tough questions, Matt also shared with us a few of his favorite campaign songs such as “Sailing” by Christopher Cross and “Taking it to the Streets’ by the Doobie Brothers. Meet Matt Hall.
DISTRICT POSITION REPRESENTS
63rd House District
WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION FOR RUNNING FOR OFFICE?
In my first term, I was appointed Chairman of the House Oversight Committee. My responsibility is to hold the Whitmer Administration accountable to the people of Michigan and to ensure that departments of government operate effectively, efficiently, and lawfully. I also serve on the House Education, Regulatory Reform, and Tax Policy Committees. My primary areas of expertise are in regulatory policy and administrative rules. I want to have a bigger impact on the regulatory policy and in the development of administrative rules for the departments. In May, I was appointed Chairman of the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a bipartisan committee of House & Senate Members that reviews the decisions made by the Whitmer Administration during the COVID-19 pandemic and makes recommendations on how Michigan can better prepare for a future pandemic and improve on decisions in the future. I want to see through these recommendations and make sure they are implemented through legislation.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP PRIORITIES WITHIN THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS ELECTED OFFICE?
- Regulatory reform
- Executive branch oversight
- Tax policy that fosters job creation and economic activity
- Workforce development.
HOW DO YOU PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH THESE GOALS WITHIN THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND RESTRICTION OF THE OFFICE?
I have laid the groundwork to do so during my first term. I will build on my work this first term. The first steps are committee assignments. I intend to return to the regulatory reform committee, oversight committee, and continue to stay engaged on any committees formed next term related to the COVID-19 pandemic. I also am looking to serve on the health policy committee next term because so much of our economy is health care-related. I also want to serve on the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules so I can better influence Administrative Rules that are developed from new legislation. I have been working on guidelines for the House Republicans on how to limit the administration’s ability to create new administrative rules in the new legislation. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed a lot of the policy agenda that we were hoping to accomplish this term. If we are unable to accomplish occupational licensing reform, fund workforce development programs, and regulatory reform, then I will take these issues up and champion them next term.
HOW DO YOU PLAN TO SUPPORT THE GROWTH OF THE ECONOMY IF ELECTED?
- Remove barriers to gaining occupational licenses.
- Repeal overly burdensome regulations.
- Make sure that new regulations are fair, science-based, and not overly burdensome.
- Oppose tax increases.
- Support policies like Going Pro and Reconnect that help workers develop skills that employers are looking for.
FAVORITE CAMPAIGN SONGS
- “Sailing” by Christopher Cross.
- “Sweet Freedom” by Michael McDonald.
- “Taking it to the Streets” by Doobie Brothers.
- “This Is It” by Kenny Loggins.
- “Still the One” by Orleans.
“Art of the Deal” by Donald J. Trump.
Schuler’s Classic Roast Prime Rib of Beef Schuler Cut Medium Rare.
The Primary will be held on August 4. The General Election will be held on November 3. Matt Hall is seeking this seat as a Republican.