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MJ King's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State House (KY) - District 16, Democratic
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MJ King has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Kentucky State Legislative Election 2016 Political Courage Test

a) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
b) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
e) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
f) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
g) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
h) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:

I consider myself pro-life with exceptions for the life of the mother, rape and incest. I agree with parental consent & notification when a minor is involved. I supported the ultrasound bills in the 2009 through 2012 legislative session and voted for the informed consent bill, signed into law in the 2015 session. As advances in medical technology continue to give us more tools with which to make informed decisions, I think all information should be made available to women. I do not support using public funds for abortion.

1) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Kentucky's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Kentucky's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Decreasing funding for public universities
Noc) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Nod) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Noe) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
f) Other or expanded principles:
2) State Spending:
Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Education (higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Slightly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

As Chair of the House Special Committee on Technology and Advanced Communication, I believe that funding for cyber security, software updates and programs is a necessary cost to maintain the highest level of efficiency in State Government and to stop waste, fraud and abuse.

3) State Taxes:
Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Small business taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gas/Oil taxes
Maintain Statusf) Property taxes
Maintain Statusg) Sales taxes
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Maintain Statusj) Income taxes (high-income families)
Yesk) Do you support applying sales taxes to all online purchases?
l) Other or expanded principles:

I sponsored HB585, which helped fund 911 emergency services in the state, and was signed into law by Gov Bevin on 4/13/2016 Cell phones customers with contracts have been paying their share, 70 cents per month for 911, and now those without a contract and those with free phones will pay the same. This bill assures that everyone with a cell phone pay the same, without exception

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Party
Yesb) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
d) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
e) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Other or expanded principles:

D) I support the integrity of our legislative districts and taking partisan politics out of the process. I am open to a conversation on how we can achieve that goal.
E) Kentucky's current voter law says a voter must produce, Driver's License, Social Security Card, credit card, or another form of ID containing both photo and signature, or be personally acquainted with the precinct officer. I would not support any legislation which would disenfranchise voters.

Yesa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Noc) Do you support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Yese) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
Yesf) Do you support delaying the seizure of assets by law enforcement officials until after a conviction?
Yesg Do you support additional funding for programs intended to reduce drug addiction in Kentucky?
h) Other or expanded principles:

D) Prosecuting a minor as an adult depends on the crime and that decision should be left to the juvenile judicial process.

Yesa) Do you support government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yesb) Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yesc) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesd) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Noe) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesf) Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
Yesg) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yesh) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Yesi) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage?
Yesj) Should employers be able to ask about applicants' criminal history before interviewing them?
j) Would you support the enactment of statewide 'Right to Work' legislation?
l) Other or expanded principles:

K) I support everyone's right to work. However, when the majority of workers vote for representation I believe the collection process is fair.

Yesa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Nob) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesc) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
Nod) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
Noe) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesf) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nog) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Kentucky high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:
a) Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
b) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
c) Do you support state funding for improvements to Kentucky's energy infrastructure?
d) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
e) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
f) Do you support increased regulations of the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
g) Other or expanded principles:

I believe, in Kentucky, we should protect coal, our greatest energy resource, as well as natural gas and oil. I support common sense ways to protect our environment, but i do not support over-regulation. At the same time, we must continue to invest in Kentucky's energy future, looking towards any and all alternative energy resources. Using the renewable energy which we have in Kentucky will help reduce our dependency on foreign oil. I want Kentucky's energy portfolio to included all of our resources in ou state.

Noa) Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Nob) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:
a) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
d) Do you support Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
e) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
f) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
g) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles:

There are benefits to health care reform which I support. Guaranteed insurance for those with preexisting conditions, prohibiting insurance companies from raising rates or dropping people's coverage when they get sick, lowering seniors prescription drug prices, and eliminating lifetime and annual limits, allowing children to stay on their parents plan until they are 26.

Noa) Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yesb) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Kentucky's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Kentucky's anti-discrimination laws?
d) Other or expanded principles:

I don't believe anyone should be discriminated against for any reason.

In the following area, please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

As Chair of the House Special Committee on Advanced Communication and Information Technology, i am committed to updating programs and systems which can prevent, identify and curtail fraud, waste and abuses in state programs. I believe this along with modernized tax reform can help our state. I support an expansion of technical and vocational training to have an educated workforce and improvement in education. I will continue to work for healthcare and services for our veterans, seniors citizens and children in need.

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