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Jared Polis' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CO) - District 2, Democratic
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Jared Polis has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Colorado Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

Key

Candidate Answer
Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.
Inferred Answer
Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.
Unknown Answer
Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.
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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
YesIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
YesInferred Answer In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations
  • "Taxes are the investment. They're the price that we pay for the freedoms that we enjoy in our country. They're what fund our public projects and, yes, worthy and unworthy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/502406/ (votesmart.org)
  • "Cutting taxes for the wealthy and transferring income from the middle class to large corporations lead to lower investments in areas with high returns [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/352590/#.VWzRcXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Polis supports a constitutional amendment requiring the federal government to balance the budget, and believes that the wealthiest 1% should pay at least the same tax rate as the middle class." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/879730/issue-position-issues#.VW8pVHUVikp (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations
  • "With this additional help from the federal government, we can help Colorado fend off cuts to the critical area of education. This package will help prevent layoffs and keep Colorado's teachers where we need them the most in Colorado's classrooms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/409314/#.VWzSCHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Grow the economy with targeted, smart investments in education, infrastructure, science and medical research." http://polisforcongress.com/issues/ (polisforcongress.com)
  • Rated 5% by Americans for Prosperity http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106220/jared-polis#.VXCtQXUViko (votesmart.org)
YesInferred Answer Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations
  • "We need to ensure our small businesses are competing on a level playing field by reforming the tax code and eliminating loop-holes and special treatment for those with the best lobbyists." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/879730/issue-position-issues#.VWzYu3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "[...]including removing regulations that prevent small and mid-size companies from going public, permitting a greater number of private shareholders before a company is forced to comply with onerous regulations,[...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/779166/the-coloradoan-investments-turn-ideas-into-new-jobs/?search=help%20small%20business#.VWzYJnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "A sustainable and successful economic recovery rests on supporting new and small businesses, reforming our bloated tax code, […] and balancing the federal budget. These steps will get our economy growing and creating jobs again." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/879730/issue-position-issues#.VW8pVHUVikp (votesmart.org)
Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
  • "Polis stated that federal reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) needs to require states to set specific student performance goals for all students, and particularly for subgroups of students based on family income and race. He indicated that stronger academic standards, better literacy initiatives and more funding for quality early childhood education will help improve reading outcomes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/649081/polis-nations-education-report-reveals-need-for-performance-goals-stronger-academic-standards (votesmart.org)
  • "As one of the lead authors of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2016, Jared played a central role in ensuring our federal education policy fosters accountability while empowering states to enact policies that work for them instead of federal 'one size fits all' model that was the basis of the flawed 'No Child Left Behind.' " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1069802/issue-position-early-childhood-education (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/12443/32955/106220/32955/106220/#.VWzU1XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Comprehensive immigration reform would finally establish real border security, real employment verification, and require that people that are here illegally register, pay a fine and get right with the law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/591125/#.VWzVInUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations
  • "They go wherever they're able to thrive on the lack of order. To effectively combat this menace, we need targeted special operations, we need aggressive intelligence gathering, and we need to make sure that we combat this menace wherever they are with the appropriate resources." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/595579/#.VWzV_3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The correct and more important way to leverage American military might to combat this menace is to have targeted and aggressive intelligence-gathering and targeted special operations against the terrorists no matter where they are." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/491360/ (votesmart.org)
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations
  • "[…] they're holding our economic recovery and global competitiveness hostage in an attempt to meet an arbitrary spending goal, to appease the fringe of their party--the same people who advocate for cutting the Department of Education and privatizing social security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/587704/#.VWzWN3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I oppose Bush's efforts to privatize Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/352563/#.VWzWa3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
a) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Small business taxes
d) Excise taxes (alcohol)
e) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
f) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
g) Income taxes (low-income families)
h) Income taxes (middle-income families)
i) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Inheritance taxes
k) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
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.
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