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Michigan Representative District 34

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    Page W.H. Brousseau IV
    (Rep)

  • Sheldon A. Neeley
    (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?

City of residence Flint
Age 39
Family Spouse Amanda (m.2001) Daughter Ava (b.2015)
Education BA The University of Michigan-Flint (2002)
Vehicles owned Lucerne, Tahoe
Professional Experience US Marine Corps (1995-1999) US Army Reserve (2003-2012) PESG/GISD (2012-present) Legislative Aide Sen. David Robertson (2013) Genesee County Board of Canvassers (2015-2016)
Political Experience Genesee County Republican Party secretary (2012-2014) GCRP vice chairman (2014-present) Ted Cruz alternate delegate to 2016 Republican National Convention
Campaign Website http://www.vote4page.com
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Stable local governments and school districts are a priority of the state. State funds can be used for changes, whether this means upgrading infrastructure or reorganizing and consolidating school districts. Finally, the state must encourage and provide resources to alleviate the pension debt that has crippled governments and districts across the state. The state can work with cities and school districts to provide alternatives used by other municipalities and districts to successfully solve their pension problems.
The state must make it a priority that money sent to cities, either through revenue sharing or other expenditures, is used wisely. Transparency on how money is spent is needed and should not require FOIA by citizens.
The Emergency Manger law should be the last resort. However, even when used the current law needs radical reform. The EM needs to work in conjunction with local governments and populations. Local governments need a forum at the state level to object to actions of the EM. The EM also needs to look further down the road than just getting the municipality/district into the black. Municipalities need long term planning and foresight to have sustained financial stability. I believe most dollars should come with strings attached when sent to districts and municipalities. Representatives in Lansing can maintain oversight in this way. Revenue sharing dollars should have few strings attached.
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The state caused this crisis in Flint by lack of proper oversight and dismissive attitude to concerns of Flint residents within the DEQ. The state of Michigan needs to refund all Flint water bills from April 2014. The state must ensure promises made to replace lead and galvanized pipes are kept. Finally, the state must pass a law which prevents municipalizes from using water and sewage fees for their general funds instead of reinvesting in the system.
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The federal government and EPA had a role to play in this crisis. However, this is a state issue. Other than any potential criminal or civil liability, the federal government needs to reform the EPA. These changes should ensure EPA employees are able to voice concerns about public health issues without fear of reprisals.
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There maybe some small tax reform which is needed, but not wholesale change. I do support eliminating many licensing and certification requirements needed in Michigan in order to make a living. These are taxes on working people.
I'm not opposed to the creation of a commission. However, it is essential that representatives from Detroit and surrounding areas, both in Lansing and Wayne County, are on board. If they are not, I would like to hear their objections and recommendations. Detroit, like Flint, is suffering from declining enrollment. Both districts are unable to function as they have maintaining their current structure without a severe loss of education/extracurricular opportunities. As it stands now, both districts struggle with very similar issues.
Both charter and public schools need stability. I support maintaining the current law recently passed. However, cure to improving public schools cannot always be adding charter schools.
I do not oppose such a change for sexual orientation. However, it must be determined that those organizations that have a religious objection are protected.
Yes. But religious liberty is not an absolute carte blanche. We must not force our employers to hire employees who cannot do their job because of “religious objections.” We can find a middle ground.
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The Supreme Court incorrectly ruled last year the power to draw district lines can be taken away from the state legislatures without each legislature passing a law to that effect. That said, I would not be opposed to considering reforms.
Yes. But we must look to other states and learn from their experiences. It has been a totally positive experience.
I do not support Donald Trump for president. However, I know he'll be a far better president than Hillary Clinton.
I do not support raising the mandate.
It is not the numbers of people in prison or jail I'm concerned about. It is what crimes we are incarcerating people which concerns me. Many criminal infractions do not need prison sentences. I believe giving judges and DAs the power to find different ways for punishment and correction than prison or jail.
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