Senate District 38
Full Questionnaire text can be found here. All answers are verbatim with the exception that explanations that started with a lower case letter were capitalized.
Question 1: Do you support legislation that would create a strong fully funded, comprehensive tobacco retail licensing system in Michigan that includes strong enforcement and penalties on violators?
John Braamse: Yes. I support tobacco licenses similar to liquor licenses that impose annual fees for rebewal.
Question 2- Do you support simplifying the taxation rate to a uniform rate of 32% that covers all tobacco products?
John Braamse: Yes. I would support a 100% uniform tax
Question 3- Do you support legislation that would reduce or eliminate ineffective Purchase, Use and Possession laws?
John Braamse: No.I think more restrictions should be implemented while maintaining the existing laws make tobacco impossibly expensive for everyone.
Question 4- Do you support increasing Michigan's annual expenditures for cessation and prevention services to a minimum of $10 million annually to support the two-thirds (68%) of people who currently smoke and would like to quit?
John Braamse: Yes. Yes, with a $10/pack tax and free smoking cessation products.
Question 5- Do you support recognizing Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists as a profession for Medicaid billing?
John Braamse: Yes. I support reimbursement of Medicaid with tobacco taxes.
Question 6- Do you support giving pharmacists the authority to prescribe all seven tobacco cessation medications?
John Braamse: Yes. I support any policies that destroys the tobacco industry.