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Michigan Representative District 10

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  • William Brang
    (Rep)

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    Leslie Love
    (Dem)

  • Jeremy Morgan
    (L)

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How should the state assist other municipalities and school districts whose solvency is threatened by its financial obligations to current and future retirees?

Is the way the state funds our cities adequate to ensure safety and service delivery? If not, what changes would you support to our municipal finance model?

When cities are struggling, what is the appropriate way for the state to intervene? Should state intervention – through the emergency manager law or some other avenue – come with dollars attached? Why or why not?

How would you rate the state’s response to the Flint water crisis?

Explain your answer and what you would do, if anything, to improve the state’s response.

How would you rate the federal government’s response to the Flint water crisis?

Explain your answer and what you would do, if anything, to improve the federal government’s response.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor? If so, explain.

Have you ever filed for personal bankruptcy? If so, explain.

Do you believe Michigan’s tax system is generally fair? If not, what changes do you support?

Would you support the establishment of a Detroit Educational Commission that would have authority to site, open and close traditional public and charter schools?

What changes, if any, would you support in the way Michigan authorizes and regulates charter schools?

Do you favor amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity?

Do you support state-level laws modeled on the federal Restoration of Religious Freedom Act?

Have you signed any public pledge to support or oppose any organization’s public policy objectives, such as outlawing abortion or barring any increase in taxes?

Do you support legislation to minimize or eliminate the influence of political parties on drawing lines for legislative districts?

Do you support decriminalization of recreational marijuana?

Do you support and will you appear at campaign events with your party’s presidential nominee?

Do you support the renewal and/or expansion of renewable energy mandates for Michigan energy producers?

Do we incarcerate too many people in Michigan? What would you change in the criminal justice system?

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City of residence Detroit
Age 45
Family No spouse. No children.
Education Master of Arts Human Resources Management, Marygrove College 2008 Master of Fine Arts, Wayne State University 1997 Bachelor of Arts, Siena Heights University 1993
Vehicles owned 2009 Saturn Aura
Professional Experience A season professional with nearly 20 years experience managing people, finances and resources. Background in education, arts administration and union organizing.
Political Experience Community Activist Precinct Delegate Michigan Democratic Party State Central Delegate
Race/ethnicity African American
Campaign Website http://www.RepLeslieLove.com
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The state could assist other municipalities and school districts by working in collaboration with the municipality's leadership (mayor/executive/supervisor/school board/superintendent) much like it did with Wayne County. Additionally, for schools, the state could lower the MPSERS cap to 0%. Currently, there is an underfunded liability tied to the defined benefit plan which forces participating units to pay additional funds from their foundation allowance dollars above and beyond their normal costs to fund the pension program. This would mean more dollars in the classroom, a fairer playing field amongst traditional schools and charters, while affording them the ability to self-manage.
Primarily the state funds our cities through revenue sharing. And the state could do a better job of adequately funding revenue sharing. Since 2001, the state has underfunded statutory revenue sharing by $6.2 billion. Fully funding revenue sharing; allowing municipalities to roll up mileages when property tax revenues grow by less than the rate of inflation; providing municipalities with more options to levy taxes on income, good and services are changes I would support regarding our municipal finance model.
When cities are struggling, the state should first work with the city's leadership in a collaborative fashion, much like it did with Wayne County Executive Warren Evans. The new EM Law (PA 4 of 2011), as I've seen it practiced in urban cities, has been exclusive, oppressive, and even (in Flint) deadly. The original intent of PA 72 of 1990 was to provide safeguards so that no municipality in the state would fail. The new law is demoralizing and gives EMs sweeping power that has almost no public input or oversight. State intervention coupled with funding is likely necessary. The difficulty is convincing other communities to view it as making the state stronger and not just as a burden.
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There would not be a Flint water crisis if it were not for the gross negligence of the State appointed emergency manager switching the City of Flint's water from DWSD to the Flint River, the MDEQ giving instructions not to continue corrosion control treatment and the arrogance of those who did not listen to the residents’ complaints. From the beginning, the state should have LISTENED TO THE PEOPLE, drank the water, held in person meetings with Department Heads and the EM, and personally visited the water plant to confirm and correct any problems in the system.
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The Federal government has responded to the crisis by expanding Medicaid coverage to an additional 15,000 children and pregnant women and $3.6 million in additional funding to Head Start to expand services. Additionally, the EPA has also started to provide oversight and monitoring for Lead and Cooper rule compliance testing along with providing technical assistance to the City of Flint to reduce lead levels in the water and make the water drinkable again. To further their efforts, the Federal government could provide more funding for repairs and updates to Flint's water infrastructure.
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Generally, Michigan's tax system is particularly unfair to lower- and middle-income workers. Without a graduated tax, taxes will always be unfair. I would support restoring the Homestead Property Tax Credit and child deduction amount; increasing the State Earned Income Tax Credit, and increasing the deduction levels on retirement income.
I supported the establishment of a Detroit Educational Commission that would work collaboratively with all stakeholders in determining the opening, expansion and location of public schools wishing to operate in the City of Detroit.
I would support giving the authority to authorize charters with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, or put into place penalties for authorizers who do not adequately address poor performing schools.
Yes, I'm generally in favor of amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to protect the LGBT community.
No, state Restoration of Religious Freedom Acts are not necessary and are often used as a method to discriminate against individuals, like the LGBT community.
No, I have signed any pledge to support outlawing abortion or barring any increase in taxes.
Yes, I support minimizing the influence of political parties on drawing lines for legislative districts.
I moderately support comprehensive reform regarding marijuana and the decriminalization of recreational marijuana in terms of reducing criminal and civil sanctions for personal use. In general, I have not witnessed any positive effects marijuana has had on the community. In fact, I've seen just the opposite.
Yes, I will support the Democratic nominee for President.
We only have one planet and it would be prudent for us to seek out best practices to preserve clean air, water and land. While I support the renewal and/or expansion of renewable energy, I'm interested to learn about more forms of energy and methods to reduce pollution and energy cost.
Yes, we do incarcerate too many people in Michigan. This year, I introduced HB 4964, part of a bi-partisan 21 juvenile justice reform bill package to increase the reimbursement paid by the state to counties as an incentive to use “community-based services” for youthful offenders instead of incarceration, foster care or other “out-of-home placements”.
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