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Michigan Representative District 28

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  • Antoine M. Davison
    (Rep)

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    Patrick Green
    (Dem)

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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 Warren
Age 51
Family My Wife Pilar and children Patrick Jr., Miguel, Bailey, Emily, Nathalie and Rebecca
Education Attended University of Detroit
Vehicles owned 2 Chevrolet and 3 Ford
Professional Experience Insurance Agent since 1990
Political Experience Warren City Council since 2007
Race/ethnicity White
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Framing the argument, are actuarially calculated funding levels for the pension system being met each year? Of all the financial obligations facing a municipality or school district, pension funding is one of many. The state should assist all school districts and all municipalities by ensuring they are funded at actuarially calculated funding levels. A cyber school or public school academy does not have the same expense load as a brick and mortar public school, yet the funding dollars for established schools are diluted by the former.
Michigan has led the nation recently in cuts to municipal funding and it shows due to the many cuts municipalities have had to make. Police and Fire personnel have to be laid-off and services are reduced or eliminated. Our residents deserve consistency and they deserve the excellent service delivery Warren and Center Line has always provided. The manner and method in which the State funds its cities is not adequate. On May 15, 2016 a Treasury report to local governments was issued stating the Projected 2015 State Revenue Sharing. For Warren, it was $12,968,758 and for Center Line it was $885,393. Two days later another report was generated and those numbers fell. Be consistent.
When a city is struggling, the appropriate manner is for an offer of managerial guidance, not through a take over. There needs to be a partnership with the city, not a top-down approach from an appointed figure. The attachment of dollars should only be a final effort after exhausting all avenues. As we saw with the Flint water crisis and the Detroit Public Schools, continuous cuts will not help a city or school prosper. Economic development and long-term growth need to be considered and revenue increased. Again, Deficit Elimination Plans, have tools available through the Treasury. In the end, if the work should be done before we get to a funding bill;
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Too many people and departments failed to respond to the crisis when it first developed. It was a messy issue that no one wanted to own. As the state, we must get involved from the beginning and take ownership and partner with our cities and counties to help our residents. It is the first, last and best thing we can do. The MDEQ failed to do its job and many of the agencies failed to communicate with each other to inform the public when this began. This problem is not going away and the state needs to make sure the children and people of Flint have the resources they need to succeed. The state caused this problem and it is the state's responsibility to fix it.
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Increase funding from HUD and SBA to help homeowners and business owners. The EPA also needs to drastically improve its communications, both internal and external. Furthermore, the federal Lead and Copper Rule, for safe drinking water, needs to be updated and more stringent.
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Yes, Chapter 13 post divorce in 2010. In 2009, my divorce was settled. I was a single Dad raising three children. If the result of the financial settlements I had to make in the divorce meant my kids were safe and living with me then I would not change a thing.
I believe the tax system is generally fair but again, it does need reform. After the 2007/2008 economic collapse, real estate prices fell so dramatically, it will take another ten years before municipal funding is back to where it should have been. Yet Big Box stores can threaten local government at the MI Tax Tribunal after obtaining abatements even in light of the recent MI COA ruling. Abatements are a good tool for local government but a review of terms, limitations and need based requirements should be assessed. Corporations and the wealthy are paying less in taxes while seniors and middle class families are paying more. Tax Burdens must be balanced and right now they are not.
Yes, I would support the establishment of a Detroit Education commission and was very disappointed that it was not included in the DPS legislative package. We need an entity, that will have real authority, to determine if a school should open, where it should open, and if a school close. Right now in Detroit we have schools opening in neighborhoods that don't need more schools and other neighborhoods that don't have enough schools.
Charter schools and traditional public schools should have the same reporting, transparency, and accountability requirements. I do not support for-profit charter school operators and think that they should not be able to open and manage charter schools in the future. Also, consistently poor performing charter school authorizers and managers should not be able to open and manage any new charter schools. We want the best charter schools and traditional public schools to be educating our children, but the worst.
Yes, a person should not be legally discriminated against due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Under current law, a person can be fired or denied housing due to their sexual orientation and gender identity. That is wrong.
I would support state level laws to prohibit discrimination. In the case of RRFA I believe this is a discussion which will continue for some time.
No, I have not signed any pledge to support or oppose any organizations public policy objectives.
I would support legislation to minimize or eliminate the influence of political parties on drawing lines for legislative districts. We will not reduce the political gridlock in Lansing until non-partisan redistricting reform is implemented. People will be better represented and elections will be more competitive for voters of both parties. I have read and would support the efforts put forth by the League of Women Voters of Michigan.
I would support legislation to minimize or eliminate the influence of political parties on drawing lines for legislative districts. I have read and support the efforts put forth by the League of Women Voters of Michigan.
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If an energy reform package is not passed by the end of this year, then this will be a major issue for 2017. An Energy package will determine how much of our energy is produced by renewable means, how much competition DTE and Consumers should have, and how our energy rates are set, among other things. This has been in the works for the past two years and will affect every person and business in the state. I believe we need to increase our renewable energy mandate. The 2008 energy law that created these mandates have been successful and helped to save consumers money on their energy bills. Michigan should be a leader in renewable energy and I fear without progress we will lose our momentum.
We spend far too much money on corrections in this state and we are reaching a point that we now have bipartisan consensus that something needs to be done. We can reform criminal justice in a smart way, without harming public safety, which will allow us to use taxpayer dollars to invest in other needed areas. We need to be looking at paroling non-violent offenders sooner, consider whether the current prison sentences for drug offenses are the best way to punish this behavior, and commutate prisoners who are medically frail. I believe the legislative packages recently passed by both the Michigan House and Senate are good starts.

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