Joe Miklosi's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Joe Miklosi
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Jennifer
Religion: Methodist
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Joe Miklosi refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Joe Miklosi. Women. 26 July 2012. "Joe is pro-choice and will continue to work to make abortions safe, rare, and legal." (www.joemiklosi.com)

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  • Joe Miklosi. Council for a Livable World: Joe Miklosi. "He supports funding for the United Nations and bringing our troops home from Afghanistan." (livableworld.org)
  • Joe Miklosi. Issue Position: National Defense. 13 March 2012. "Afghanistan: Our top priority must be preventing Al Qaeda from regaining a foothold in Afghanistan, which can be accomplished with a much smaller force footprint. I support a responsible redeployment of the majority of our military out of Afghanistan, while encouraging the international community to support Afghan institutions and security forces." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Miklosi. Meet Representative Joe Miklosi. 13 March 2012. "He believes that helping to stabilize developing countries makes us safer here at home." (joemiklosi.com)
  • Joe Miklosi. Issue Position: National Defense. 13 March 2012. "The United States needs a foreign policy that is built on creating American jobs. We must pursue a foreign policy that promotes our democratic values and respect for the rule of law. Our foreign policy should embrace a new realism that builds a Defense Department tuned for 21st Century challenges, places an emphasis on global partnerships, and wisely invests resources into rooting out the conditions that cause instability and terrorism [¦] A new realism starts with not sending our soldiers places they don't belong or spending tax dollars on expensive programs that do not work. Instead, we must prioritize 21st Century threats like terrorism, the global health crisis, loose nuclear materials, and poverty." (votesmart.org)

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  • Joe Miklosi. The Denver Post: 6th Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded "We need to involve the Joint Chiefs of Staff to get their input on strategic cuts that reflect the modern world and threats in the modern world. We need a strategy that creates stable relations abroad without bankrupting us here at home. We should invest in development and diplomacy, align defense spending to match threats, recognize that new threats don't always align with traditional defense spending, and cut outdated defense programs without compromising our security" to the question: "What sorts of defense spending cuts, if any, would you support as part of a package to balance the budget?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Joe Miklosi. Issue Position: National Defense. 13 March 2012. "The United States needs a foreign policy that is built on creating American jobs. We must pursue a foreign policy that promotes our democratic values and respect for the rule of law. Our foreign policy should embrace a new realism that builds a Defense Department tuned for 21st Century challenges, places an emphasis on global partnerships, and wisely invests resources into rooting out the conditions that cause instability and terrorism [¦] A new realism starts with not sending our soldiers places they don't belong or spending tax dollars on expensive programs that do not work. Instead, we must prioritize 21st Century threats like terrorism, the global health crisis, loose nuclear materials, and poverty." (votesmart.org)

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  • Joe Miklosi. Jobs and the Economy. 26 July 2012. "Joe favors ending the Bush tax cuts for people earning over two hundred and fifty thousand dollars a year and using that money to pay down the deficit." (www.joemiklosi.com)

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  • Joe Miklosi. Issue Position: New Energy Economy Bills. 11 June 2010. Re: House Bill 1328 (Miklosi/Schwartz) statewide New Energy Improvement District to promote and finance Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs: "I am confident that this will help the state create jobs and empower homeowners to participate in our fastest growing economic sector -- the New Energy Economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Miklosi. Issue Position: New Energy Economy Bills. 11 June 2010. "Re: House Bill 1328 (Miklosi/Schwartz) statewide New Energy Improvement District to promote and finance Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs: 'I am confident that this will help the state create jobs and empower homeowners to participate in our fastest growing economic sector -- the New Energy Economy.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Miklosi. Issue Position: Environment. 13 March 2012. "At the heart of any emerging economic sector is solid research and development. Public private partnerships are at the core of this growth. The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, and dozens of oil and gas and clean energy companies have invested in the Colo-Laboratories -- an innovative partnership that has created research and development centers in solar, wind, and geothermal. This research is producing jobs. One smart way to produce more private sector jobs is to invest in Colorado's Technology Transfer departments at the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and the School of Mines. Technology Transfer departments connect inventors and scientists with private equity, venture capital, and angel investors [¦] During the past few years, the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and the School of Mines have produced over 115 private sector, renewable energy companies employing hundreds of Coloradoans. Imagine how many hundreds of private sector companies and thousands of jobs could be produced during the next decade by investing in these innovative ventures? Colorado's world class higher education institutions should be job incubators as well as places of higher learning." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Miklosi. Issue Position: Jobs. 13 March 2012. "We should focus on supporting Technology Transfer departments at our colleges and universities so they create more small businesses [¦] We need to create more job training programs in partnership with community colleges so more Coloradoans are equipped to re-enter the workforce [¦] One idea is to allow the states to pay for businesses to train potential employees themselves after job vacancies go unfilled for many months. During the short-term, training period, the companies would not pay social security taxes or employer benefits." (votesmart.org)

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  • Joe Miklosi. Issue Position: Government Waste. 13 March 2012. "Like you, I was appalled at the greed and arrogance exhibited by Wall Street that caused the economic downturn. We need to ensure that it never happens again and that consumers have more power to stand up for their financial rights, such as fair foreclosure proceedings, proper use of credit scores, reasonable access to equity for qualified borrowers, more transparency and incentives for hiring Americans instead of shipping jobs overseas." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Miklosi. Issue Position: Jobs. 13 March 2012. "My vision is to make Colorado the Renewable Energy Capital of the Country by providing incentives to solar, wind, geothermal, bio-fuels and related industries so that private sector companies can create more good paying jobs [¦] Investing in Colorado's natural gas resources can reduce dependence on foreign oil. That is why I supported incentives for natural gas vehicles and converting Colorado's major coal plants to natural gas powered plants by 2018. These initiatives both create jobs and create healthier communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Miklosi. Issue Position: Jobs. 13 March 2012. "We should allow tax credits to be used as a cash equivalent for start-up companies if they create jobs or expand local businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Miklosi. Issue Position: Jobs. 13 March 2012. "In the Colorado State House, I voted for legislation to provide targeted tax cuts to businesses and to pay, short term, for half of their Social Security and payroll taxes if they create good paying jobs in Colorado. The incentive has encouraged companies to relocate to Colorado. I also supported legislation to streamline the tax system and lower administrative costs for companies [¦] "We need to streamline Small Business Administration regulations to allow for more loans to entrepreneurs and incentivize banks to provide more qualified loans in a timely manner. Speeding up the approval of Small Business Administration process helps small business owners grow." (votesmart.org)

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  • Joe Miklosi. Joe Miklosi for Congress “ Kickoff Speech. 19 August 2011. "I am going to go to Congress and fight for more scholarships and grants and I'm gonna pay for it by reducing waste and re-instituting the reinventing government initiative to streamline government services." (www.youtube.com)
  • Joe Miklosi. Accomplishments: Supporting Our Children's Education. 13 March 2012. Candidate Miklosi supported the following legislation: "School Finance Act “ Allocates $90 million from the State Education Fund to address funding shortfalls in districts. This money will be applied to the neediest schools and districts across the state for changes in enrollment, special needs students, and to reduce mid-year cuts AND Amendment to the General Fund Reserve “The amendment directs general fund dollars over the stated reserve to help fund K-12 education." (joemiklosi.com)
  • Joe Miklosi. Issue Position: Education. 13 March 2012. "It is important to focus on small class sizes, parental involvement and supporting trained, experienced, accountable teachers. These are the education fundamentals that will increase high school graduation rates and reduce high school drop outs. We must be innovative by encouraging more Career Technical schools, especially in Junior High, where drop out seeds develop. If we inspire more young people to become excited about a career path, they will be more likely to remain in school. In addition, we need to emphasize the importance of civic, art, choir, theater and related courses. These programs increase test scores in other classes and inspire young people to become more well rounded citizens. We need to invest in more college scholarships so more students can afford to attend college or university. This is both an investment in our future and a way to expand local businesses. In the Colorado State House, I sponsored a bill to update the Teacher of the Year award so that we could properly honor the best teacher of the year." (votesmart.org)

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  • Joe Miklosi. Press Release: COLORADO STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND PROJECT C.U.R.E. EMPLOYEE JOE MIKLOSI DECLARES FOR CONGRESS IN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6. 9 July 2011. "Representative Miklosi will champion efforts to promote freedom from foreign oil and work towards energy independence." (joemiklosi.com)

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  • Joe Miklosi. Issue Position: Environment. 13 March 2012. "Joe Miklosi will work diligently to ensure that that Colorado's natural resources are preserved, protected, and cherished for generations to come. Representative Miklosi supports the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and other reasonable, environmental laws that protect our health and preserve our resources [¦] We need to be strategic about how we preserve our water and other natural resources." (votesmart.org)

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  • Joe Miklosi. The Denver Post: 6th Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded "Yes, while I support the 2nd Amendment rights of law abiding citizens (my mom owns a hand gun), restricting access to assault weapons and 100 round ammunition clips can prevent future violence" to the question: "Should congress reinstate the assault wepons ban?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Joe Miklosi. Issue Position: Hunters and Anglers. 13 March 2012. "Preserving access to lands for hunters and anglers will be a priority. It is important to preserve hunting opportunities and access to responsible programs and funds that are dedicated to opening up public and private lands. Representative Miklosi is concerned about streamlining public land drilling permits because it would reduce access for hunters and anglers [¦] Hunters and anglers provide a valuable return on investment for Colorado's economy [¦] This includes outfitters, guides, mom and pop service stores that sell bait and merchandise, and other stakeholders. Joe Miklosi believes that law abiding citizens have a right to own guns to hunt and to protect themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • Sara Castellanos. Aurora Sentinel: Gun issues may become hot topic on campaign trails. 27 July 2012. "'There's a lot of issues that voters are concerned about, but I think it'll be higher in importance for some voters,' Miklosi said. He is a proponent of reinstating the federal assault weapons manufacturing ban that was passed during former President Bill Clinton's administration in 1994 and expired in 2004. The assault weapons ban outlawed the production of weapons such as AR-15 rifles, one of which was allegedly used by the suspected gunman, James Holmes, and also prohibited most large capacity magazines. 'My stance has been pretty clear even before the tragedy, and (the incident) only reaffirmed it,' Miklosi said." (www.aurorasentinel.com)

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  • Joe Miklosi. The Denver Post: 6th Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded "No, the ACA is not going to resolve all of our health care challenges, but it does some important things by eliminating discrimination against pre-existing conditions, allowing young people to stay on their parents' health plan until age 26, filling the "donut hole" for seniors, and protecting women's health freedoms. However, we need to give more incentives to small business owners so they can afford to provide their employees with health care" to the question: "Would you vote for repeal of the ACA? If so, what would you do to reform the system instead?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Joe Miklosi. Twitter: @JoeMiklosi4CD6. 28 June 2012 . "Now that #SCOTUS has ruled, it's time to work together to improve the affordability of and access to health care, and get our economy moving" (twitter.com)
  • Joe Miklosi. Issue Position: Health Care and Medicare. 13 March 2012. "We need to honor the commitment we made to our citizens and protect Medicare. We can make Medicare solvent for years to come and be financially responsible to all taxpayers [¦] By ensuring that more Coloradoans have access to affordable, quality health care, we will save money, save lives and improve the quality of life of more Coloradoans [¦] We need to be smarter about how we allocate health care dollars, focus on preventative services and think of ways to encourage more nonprofit hospitals to provide medical care [¦] In the Colorado State House of Representatives, I fought for purchasing pools and health care exchanges so more small business owners could reduce skyrocketing health care premiums through enhanced purchasing power, ensure that children have access to quality health care and invest in preventative services, such as mammograms, child immunizations, prostrate exams and wellness programs." (votesmart.org)

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  • Joe Miklosi. The Denver Post: 6th Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded "Yes" to the question: "Do you support the DREAM Act?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Associated Press. Denver.cbslocal.com: Democrat Joe Miklosi To Challenge Mike Coffman. 6 July 2011. "Miklosi told The Associated Press Wednesday that major differences between him and Coffman include support for a path to citizenship for students who are illegal immigrants. Miklosi co-sponsored an unsuccessful plan to allow immigrants in-state tuition in the state House last term and says he'd back similar legislation on a national level." (denver.cbslocal.com)
  • Joe Miklosi. Video: Colorado Rep. Joe Miklosi speaks on immigration laws. 14 February 2011. "But what gets me at my core also is the kids, the kids who have been here for decades. They paid gas tax, sales tax, property tax. They want a chance to go to college at the in-state rate. Those are the issues close to my heart that I am continuing to champion." (youtu.be)
  • Lynn Bartels. Vail Daily: Colorado: Dem lawmaker pushing in-state tuition for undocumented students. 14 October 2009. "Rep. Joe Miklosi of Denver said he often points out that the majority of states that have OK'd in-state tuition to children whose parents illegally entered the country are conservative states. 'We're talking Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas,' Miklosi said. 'These are states where the Republican business leaders go to the Senate president and Speaker of the House and say, 'We need a more educated workforce. Can you please pass this bill?'" (www.vaildaily.com)

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  • Joe Miklosi. The Denver Post: 6th Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded "Yes" to the question: "Do you support efforts to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Joe Miklosi. Fed court ruling in DOMA case a victory for states' rights. 31 May 2012. "In regard to marriage equality, I co-sponsored the civil unions legislation in the Colorado legislature. Religious institutions can never be told how to implement their sacrament of marriage. However, the state's role is different. Marriage is a contract between two consenting adults and the state has no business discriminating between adults in any contract. On a personal level, I welcome all people to find the kind of loving, fulfilled life I have found with my wife Jennifer." (coloradoindependent.com)

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  • Joe Miklosi. The Denver Post: 6th Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded "I support a balanced budget amendment that preserves Social Security. We need to honor the commitment we made to our seniors and preserve Social Security and Medicare for decades. Imagine where we would be today if we would have followed President Bush and Mike Coffman's lead to privatize Social Security? I oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits. We can work together to find cost savings in the programs and make them operate more efficiently" to the question: "What sorts of entitllement reforms, if any, would you support as a package to balance the budget?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Joe Miklosi. Press Release: COLORADO STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND PROJECT C.U.R.E. EMPLOYEE JOE MIKLOSI DECLARES FOR CONGRESS IN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6. 9 July 2011. "Representative Miklosi will champion efforts to protect Medicare and Social Security." (joemiklosi.com)
  • Joe Nguyen. Congressional candidate Joe Miklosi condemns Rep. Coffman's radical attack on social security. 22 September 2011. "It's very concerning that the discussion has shifted away from ways to ensure that Social Security remains solvent for future generations to one that questions the entire legitimacy of a program that's a lifeline for many in our society," said Miklosi. "I believe seniors of all political backgrounds and voters of all age groups should be deeply concerned by his remarks." (yourhub.denverpost.com)

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