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Michigan Representative District 16

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    Robert L. Kosowski
    (Dem)

  • Matthew Morrow
    (Rep)

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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?

City of residence Westland
Age 52
Family Elizabeth - wife, Andrew - son, Austin - son
Education Garden City East High School, Adrian College, Wayne State University
Vehicles owned Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escape
Professional Experience State Representative, Former Parks and Recreation Director City of Westland
Political Experience State Representative, Former Garden City Zoning Board member
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
Incumbent? true
Legacy costs make up a significant portion of any municipality or school district's budget. In order to assist these entities, the state should consider fully funding local municipalities which in turn would help to fund our schools. Within out state shared revenue system, local municipalities have not been properly funded in more than a decade. This session, I have introduced legislation to amend our state shared revenue statute, to try and get more money to our local municipalities. If properly funded, these entities could then in turn fund legacy costs adequately.
I do not believe our local municipalities are being properly funded through our current system. Throughout the past 12 years, our local municipalities have seen a 7.8 billion dollar revenue sharing reduction. There is no way with this much lost revenue, our cities are adequately funded to ensure proper safety and service delivery. The legislation I have introduced to amend our state shared revenue system would grant extra funding to local municipalities if that entity participates in an incentive program. I also believe we need to look an innovative ways to help raise more revenue to source to our local bodies of government, without raising taxes on our residents.
I do not agree with the emergency manager law. I believe local municipalities should maintain local control. The state should provide more money to our local municipalities through another avenue than attaching dollars to an emergency manager law. I have legislation currently introduced that would legalize sports betting. It is estimated that if our state were to do this, it could generate multiple millions of dollars annually that could be put back into our cities. I believe we need to look at innovative approaches such as these, rather than grant control of our local municipalities through a governor-appointed person.
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I believe the emergency manager law needs to be either seriously amended or repealed. The way the law currently stands had a direct result on how the state responded to this crisis. We need to ensure that should an emergency like this arise again, the state's response is more timely and measures are put into place that can efficiently deal with the situation as quickly as possible.
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I would have ensured the EPA acted in a more timely manner, and also provided the additional funding needed for the city of Flint.
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Yes, I believe Michigan's tax system is generally fair.
I am not in support of the establishment of a Detroit Educational Commission. I believe local municipalities and its entities should retain as much control as possible.
I support the current way Michigan authorizes and regulates charter schools.
I believe all people should be treated equally and not discriminated against due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. I am in support of amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to corroborate with these beliefs.
Legislation to implement the federal Restoration of Religious Freedom Act is a multi-faceted and complicated issue. I would need to look at specific legislation and research the implications of it being enacted before deciding whether or not I would support this concept.
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Yes. I am supportive of legislation to minimize or eliminate the influence of political parties drawing lines for legislative districts.
Yes. I support the decriminalization of recreational marijuana.
I support our party's presidential nominee.
Yes. I believe our state needs to look at innovative ways to renew and expand renewable energy mandates for Michigan energy producers.
I believe we do incarcerate too many people in Michigan. I am currently one sponsor in a large package of bills dealing with juvenile justice reform and raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 17 to 18 years of age. I believe that in many circumstances, kids need rehabilitation services instead of being locked away in an adult prison. Studies have shown that children are more likely to continue to re-offend if they are not given the rehabilitation services they need.
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