On Wednesday, April 4, the College Republicans hosted Dr. Jim Hines, a Republican candidate for governor, during their member meeting at 6 p.m. in Gilbertson Hall.
Hines is an OBGYN in Saginaw, which he believes makes him an outsider in the run for governor.
“I’m not a politician, so I’ve never ran for a political office before,” Hines said.
Hines wants to bring families and young people back to Michigan.
“My five sons … are in other states because, when it was time for them to get a job or to get the education they wanted, they couldn’t find it here in Michigan,” Hines said. “I want to make a better Michigan by putting people first, not politics.”
“People first, not politics” is Hines’ campaign slogan.
“When I picked the slogan, it made a lot of people angry,” Hines said. “I say that because I heard [Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen] Whitmer and other Democrats use the term ‘people first.’”
Hines believes that Democrats use the term quite differently than he does.
“In my observation as an outsider, when we use the word ‘Democrat,’ when they talk about putting people first, they’re actually talking about big government providing for the people,” Hines said. “I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about small government and letting the people do it for themselves.”
Car insurance is another issue that Hines spoke on.
“For the normal citizen, (car insurance) is around $1,300 to $1,500 a year,” Hines said. “It’s the most expensive auto insurance in the country.”
To Hines, focusing on fraud will help curtail these costs.
“People have accidents, and they aren’t as severe as they say they are, and they’re collecting a lot of money,” Hines said. “We need a fraud agency to get rid of the fraud and decrease the costs.”
Hines also thinks fee schedules would help lower the cost of insurance.
According to Hines, if someone needed a chest x-ray because of a car accident, it would cost over $600, but, if that same person needed a chest x-ray for any other reason, it would only be about $65.
“When we talk about a fee schedule, we mean, ‘Hey, a chest x-ray is a chest x-ray,’” Hines said. “It doesn’t make any difference if you were in an auto accident or not; it should be the same price.”
Hines criticized the road package of 2015 for not immediately fixing roads.
“You vote for a road package, but it’s not until six years later until the full funding, which is $1.2 billion, is going to be used,” Hines said. “It’s not something I would propose we do. The roads need to be fixed, and they need to be fixed today.”
Following his speech, Hines asked attendees about their thoughts on various issues, including sexual assault on college campuses and whether universities should be gun-free zones.
Several students in attendance enjoyed the event, including science senior Ben Teskey.
“His perspective on taxes was interesting,” Teskey said. “A lot of Republicans aren’t so willing to come out and say that they want to make sure they’re taxing people enough to actually pay for things that need to be paid for.”
Economics junior Madison Clements was also impressed with Hines.
“I found (Hines) to be more of a moderate conservative,” Clements said. “He is definitely a constitutionalist, but his anti-politics is much different than what we have going on right now in the political world. I think that, if he just gets his name out there and people hear what he has to say, it’s going to make a difference.”