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Michigan Representative District 1

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  • Brian R. Banks
    (Dem)

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    William Broman
    (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?

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City of residence Grosse Pointe Woods
Age 24
Education B.S. Biomedical Engineering, George Washington University
Professional Experience Research and Product Development Engineer for an automotive supplier.
Political Experience Ran for Grosse Pointe Public Schools Board of Education in 2012
Campaign Website http://williambroman.com
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While not perfect, I believe the assistance from the State under the Snyder administration to the city of Detroit was beneficial to the city in the long term. I support a thorough review of current and past state intervention, without the rhetoric that often accompanies these discussions.
I do not believe we are funding cities adequately. I would support a review of the state's current practices for revenue sharing. I would also support examining the effectiveness of the current property tax caps. We have to be careful during these examinations and reviews to ensure we are not inadvertently harming seniors and others on a fixed income, while still giving cities the ability to meet the current needs of residents.
I'm not sure that we have properly figured out the appropriate way for the state to intervene. Governor Snyder did a good job with the city of Detroit, all things considered. I believe that if we want to see real solutions to problems, we must refrain from the rhetoric that people often get caught up in.
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As a State Representative, if a similar situation happened in my district, I would listen to my constituents, inquire with the MI DEQ and raise awareness in the media. Gov. Snyder has accepted responsibility and made changes within the department, Lt. Gov. Calley has been on the ground in Flint several days a week, and AG Schuette has an independent and highly qualified team investigating what happened.
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I can't really answer this, because I am not close enough to the response. My answer would only be based on congressional testimony, headlines, and talking points, not data.
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Generally, I don't think that Michigan's tax system is one that will keep us competitive across the nation and around the globe in the coming decades. I would support changes that create a better environment for advanced research and development activities. I would support changes that encourage businesses to plant roots in Michigan/Detroit and continue operation for decades. I would support changes that make it easier to hire people. And perhaps most importantly, I would support changes that keeps more money in the pockets of Michigan workers.
I support the idea of the DEC, though not the DEC itself. I think it is important to ensure that if a charter school is opened in a community, it will remain a viable option for parents for several years. I wrote my own alternative back in February. medium.com/@bromanw/my-alternative-to-the-michigan-house-gop-plan-for-detroit-public-schools-cb412bd154f1

Please see my answer to the question above. I think that charter school operators would benefit from regulating themselves and making sure bad operators don't continue to operate. It damages the industry reputation. Any business has an incentive to ensure the industry they are in has a positive reputation.
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I could support a Michigan law modeled on the federal RRFA. I say "could" because my support is dependent on the actual text and scope of the law.
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I haven't been presented with any legislation to give an opinion on this. I would be very curious to see a proposal for eliminating the influence of political parties on drawing lines for legislative districts.
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Yes, within reason. Policies that are supported by significant, peer-reviewed, research will almost always get my support. I support making investments in any kind of energy source that will make us less reliant on foreign entities for our energy needs while preserving our natural resources. I also support pushing corporations, where scientifically possible, to advance their own technologies to be more energy efficient and have a smaller impact on the environment.
In Detroit especially, I don't think we give young people the tools or a foundation to stay out of trouble. In 2014 only 21.4% of individuals convicted of a felony (11,000/49,000) were given a prison sentence in MDOC. I'm not a judge, nor do I know the facts of every case. To say that we do or do not incarcerate too many people in Michigan would be a statement that I could not qualify, it would be an answer based on an opinion limited to data, and anecdotal evidence acquired from the people around me. I would examine the effectiveness of our re-entry programs and make the changes necessary to prevent recidivism, and ensure people an opportunity to become contributing members of soc

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