North Carolina Legislator Profile Update: Bill Brawley (R-Mecklenburg)
Brawley was elected to the NC House in 2010 and has served four terms since. He also served two terms on the Matthews town council in the 1990s where he supported limiting the size of churches in the town.
Brawley put corporate payouts ahead of N.C. teachers and students. He voted for budgets that cut taxes for corporations while teacher pay remains nearly $10,000 below the national average and per pupil spending remains below pre-recession levels. Teachers are forced to spend up to $1,000 out-of-pocket on necessary classroom supplies not covered in Republican budgets.
By 2019, Brawley’s district will be bound by toll lanes in both directions, a project he voted for that taxpayers will be on the hook for if they fail. Brawley’s continued support of the troubled I-77 toll lane projects and other toll lanes in Mecklenburg County displays his priorities, corporate payouts over people. He vocally supported the failed I-77 project that has exacerbated traffic issues in the Charlotte region.
Brawley put politics over people when he voted to block access to affordable health care and to dismantle coverage for pre-existing conditions. Brawley blocked Medicaid expansion that would have covered 500,000 low-income North Carolinians, costing the state $15 billion in new economic activity. He also voted for a school safety bill that included unrelated provisions meant to dismantle ACA requirements that insurers cover people with pre-existing conditions.
Again putting politics and personal gain over people’s health and safety, Brawley sponsored a bill that makes it more difficult for cities to inspect rental properties for unsafe conditions. He also pushed legislation that benefits the real estate industry and hurts consumers. Brawley is a commercial real estate broker and a former landlord.
Brawley compared Town Charter Schools to Manifest Destiny. Brawley looked at the move as a new endeavor. “Are we thinking of something new? Yes we are. But remember, there was a time when settlers in the American colonies were forbidden to cross the Appalachia and settle the land… had they not explored new territories, this country would still be just 14 states,” he said.
Continue reading for more about Brawley’s record in the NC House.
“But remember, there was a time when settlers in the American colonies were forbidden to cross the Appalachia and settle the land […] had they not explored new territories, this country would still be just 14 states.” – Rep. Bill Brawley on why he pushed to let Charlotte’s suburbs establish their own charter schools (Carolina Journal, 6/6/18)
Brawley voted for Republican budgets that prioritize tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations over paying teachers and providing funding for necessary classroom supplies.
- The 2017 Republican budget shortchanged teachers by failing to meaningfully raise teacher salaries and did not include a stipend for out-of-pocket expenses.
- Teachers spend between $500 and $1,000 of their own money on needed classroom supplies annually.
- The 2016 budget prioritized corporate tax breaks and took away money that could have improved public schools.
- Brawley’s votes have kept teacher pay nearly $10,000 below the national average and per pupil spending below pre-recession levels.
Brawley, whose district will soon be bound by toll lanes in both directions, has been a vocal supporter of Charlotte-area toll lane projects like problematic I-77.
- Brawley vocally supported adding toll lanes on I-77 and opposed a 2018 bill that attempted to eliminate them.
- By 2019, Brawley’s district will have one toll lane in each direction on I-485 and US 74, projects he voted for.
- Taxpayers have no protection if the Monroe Bypass project fails.
Brawley voted to block Medicaid expansion, denying affordable health care coverage to 500,000 low-income North Carolinians and costing lives.
- In 2013, Brawley voted against an amendment to accept Medicaid expansion even if it was fully funded by the federal government.
- Brawley voted for the Senate’s version of H933 which included a provision allowing insurers to avoid ACA requirements to cover people with pre-existing conditions.
- North Carolina has the third most expensive health care in the US, according to a 2017 study.
Brawley, a commercial real estate broker and landlord, pushed bills that make it harder to regulate the real estate and rental industries.
- Brawley sponsored a bill to make it more difficult for towns to inspect residential properties for unsafe conditions, calling rental inspection programs “superfluous.”
- Brawley tried to kill rental housing inspection programs across the state designed to hold landlords accountable.
- Brawley inserted language into a bill pushed by the NC Association of Realtors to allow real estate brokers to estimate prices for properties instead of professionally trained appraisers.
- Brawley’s campaign accepted more than $80,000 from people or PACs associated with the real estate, construction, property development, and rental industries.
Brawley sponsored two bills that led to the ability of four predominantly white Charlotte suburbs to establish town-run charter schools in a move that could resegregate Charlotte schools.
- Brawley’s H704 bill led to the creation of a study committee to determine the effects of breaking up large school districts.
- The committee found that dissolving the district would cause resegregation, disrupt bus routes, create storage issues, and cause legal problems in terms of employee contracts and lawsuits.
- Brawley sponsored H514 to allow four “majority white” Mecklenburg County towns to create their own charter schools.
- The 2018 budget included a provision that would make it easier for cities to use taxpayer money for public schools.
- Brawley was accused of making threats over the charter school bill and using it as a bargaining chip.
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