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Michigan Representative District 66

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    Annie Brown
    (Dem)

  • Beth Griffin
    (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 South Haven, MI
Age 55
Family Husband Jeff Filbrandt, Daughter Maggie, Sons Jack, Peter.
Education Hope College – BA in Political Science 1983, Western Michigan University – Teacher Certification 1992.
Vehicles owned Ford Escape
Professional Experience Head Start Summer Recruiter, Writer for Michigan Speaker of the House Lewis Dodak, Staff Assistant to US Senator Carl Levin, Washington DC Office, Editor and Reporter for South Haven Daily Tribune, Preschool Teacher at Creative Playtime Preschool, South Haven MI,
Political Experience South Haven School Board 2004-present, Michigan Political Leadership Program –Fellow 2011
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
Campaign Website http://www.voteforannie.com
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As a member of the South Haven Board of Education for 12 years, I am truly invested in helping Michigan’s public schools excel. The cost of pensions is a challenge for many districts, and made worse by the fact that not all schools that take taxpayer money are required to pay into the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System. All schools that draw public funds, including charter and cyber schools, should be required to contribute. Every time the state privatizes a piece of our education system, it decreases contributions to the pension system. In addition, the state could assist the local school districts by lowering the MPSERS cap to 0%.
Since 2001, the State has underfunded statutory revenue sharing by $6.2 billion. Revenue sharing is a promise that needs to be kept. The funds are a valuable investment in our cities and villages that can be used to fund city services. The last thing our cities need is a disinvestment and a broken promise. To rectify the situation the obvious answer is to fully fund statutory revenue sharing.
When cities are struggling the best intervention is a city government that is elected by the residents and the restoration of revenue sharing that has been withheld since 2001. Emergency managers take the power away from voters and the elected officials who where chosen by the people in their communities. An emergency manager is solely focused on the bottom line without respect for the budget priorities and the values of the community.
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Everyone deserves access to safe drinking water. More could have been done to help our children, seniors and families of Flint.
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As a former Head Start employee, I applaud the federal government for adding $3.6 million to funding for the Head Start program in Flint. The federal government's biggest mistake was not being more forceful with the state when they knew there were problems. This is another example of the importance of a state government that is transparent especially when it comes to keeping citizens and the federal government informed regarding issues that affect the health and safety of our families.
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Michigan's tax laws favor major corporations at the expense of our families. The tax shift occurred in 2011, when many tax credits and deductions families relied on, such as the Homestead Property Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, and the $600 per-child deduction, were reduced or eliminated, and a new tax on seniors' retirement income was instituted. At the same time, the state's largest corporations were given a $1.8 billion tax break that has failed to create jobs. We need to bring tax relief to Michigan's hardworking families now.
Yes. The DEC's broad coalition of stakeholders will provide responsible oversight of Detroit's public schools and well-performing charter schools, ensuring that Detroit families have excellent choices for educating their children.
In my 12 years on the South Haven Board of Education, we had to show where our money came from and how it was spent. Taxpayers have a right to know how school districts are using taxpayer funds to educate our students. Unfortunately, charter schools don't have the same obligation, and while they receive taxpayer money, they are resisting demands to show how much of that money is spent on classroom education and how much of it ends up in corporate bank accounts and CEO pockets. Charter schools must be held accountable, and all schools need to play by the same rules.
Yes, LGBT individuals deserve the same protections as every other Michigander. I will continue to support legislative and citizen initiatives that seek to amend Elliott-Larsen to include the LGBT community.
No, state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts are not necessary and are often used to discriminate against individuals, like the LGBT community. In our family business, my husband and I serve all customers without discrimination. I have strong religious beliefs too, including "Love your neighbor," regardless of their sexual orientation, race or religion.
Citizens want elected officials who share their decision-making process and make their actions transparent, so that voters can hold them accountable. My priorities in the Legislature include increasing funding for education, protecting our seniors, and making Lansing work for all Michigan families. I will weigh all bills against these goals.
Yes. Political boundaries should be drawn by a nonpartisan commission, not a party that wants to keep itself and its politicians in power.
The use of recreational marijuana has health and safety implications that worry me, so I do not support legalizing its use.
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Yes. The best way to ensure meaningful development in renewable energy is to keep and increase energy mandates.
The real question is not about incarceration levels, but whether our policies are actually making our communities safer. The biggest changes we could make to our criminal justice system that would help make communities safer would be to reduce crime at the beginning by improving our local public schools, providing wrap-around services for youth who are at high risk for getting into trouble, making sure there are good paying jobs in all communities, and enforcing tough sentences for those who commit violent crimes.
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