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Maryelyn Alba-Acevedo's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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What is the Political Courage Test?

Rhode Island State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Abortions should be subject to a mandatory waiting period.
Xg) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles

Abortion should not be used as a method of contraception or family planification. I believe in responsible parenting.

State Budget: Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.
Greatly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Emergency preparedness
Slightly Increased) Environment
Greatly Increasee) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statush) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increasec) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreased) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Greatly Increasef) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Greatly Decreaseg) Property taxes
Slightly Decreaseh) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreasei) Vehicle taxes
Greatly Increasej) Other or expanded categories

Capital gains taxes

Yes1) Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
No2) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
No3) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
4) Other or expanded principles

The budget should not be balance on the back of poor and needy people and state workers. The amount of the work force in state and department of transportation as well as any organization or business receiving tax breaks should have a compromise of diversifying their workforce and make it more equitative to the areas where they serve, therefore we need equality for women and people of color in the workforce.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of terms for Rhode Island governors?
Yesb) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Rhode Island state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?
Undecidedf) Should Rhode Island participate in the federal REAL ID program?
Nog) Should a plan to reduce the state budget deficit include laying off state workers?
Yesh) Should a plan to reduce the state budget deficit include health benefit reductions to retired state employees?
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Establish the death penalty in Rhode Island.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xe) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xf) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
g) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.
Xh) Support hate crime legislation.
i) Other or expanded principles

Use half of the budgeted amount of money that it is used at the state prisons and invest in adult vocational training and education.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support state funding of universal pre-K programs.
b) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
Xc) Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students.
Xd) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xe) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
f) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xg) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xh) Support using a merit pay system for teachers.
Xi) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xj) Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of Rhode Island to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
k) Other or expanded principles

Use of title one moneys to purchase books and other necessary materials in urban schools. Increase parent participation in schools. Implement the community school model in RI schools.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xf) Increase the state minimum wage.
Xg) Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.
h) Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
Xi) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xj) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
k) Other or expanded principles

Increase the construction of vocational schools for teenagers who do not want to go to college. Create new training programs for areas such as health care, biotechnology, computers, construction for people on welfare, so when they leave the system they can find good jobs with high pay and benefits.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).
Xc) Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.
d) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xe) Support funding for improvements to Rhode Island's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xf) Support funding for open space preservation.
Xg) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
Xh) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
i) Other or expanded principles

The clean up of former industrial and commercial contaminated sites should be paid by the owners of the sites. Also prohibit the construction of schools on contaminated land.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Yesa) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesb) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Yesc) Should a license be required for gun possession?
Yesd) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yese) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
f) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xc) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Rhode Island.
Xg) Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Noa) Should Rhode Island continue to recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Yesc) Should Rhode Island provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?
Yesd) Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
Yese) Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?
Yesf) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Yesg) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
Yesh) Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?
Yesi) Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?
Yesj) Should Rhode Island continue affirmative action programs?
Yesk) Do you support state funding of stem cell research?
Yesl) Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?
Nom) Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?
n) How long should welfare recipients be allowed coverage (in years)?

Three to four.

o) Other or expanded principles

Racial and economic equality. Every year the state of RI, including the Department of Transportation, purchases millions of dollars in goods and services form vendors and contractors. In addition, the state of RI is the biggest employer in the state. But the distribution of those purchases and jobs among the minority population in RI is minimal to non-existent. In my first year in office, I will request a report on the annual state purchases and expenditures, showing how much of that money is going to minority and women owned enterprises, and a report on the diversity of state employees.

Legislative Priorities
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.

First priority is fixing the education system in Providence, by introducing the Fair Funding Formula to all schools in RI. I will introduce and support the Merit pay system for teachers as well as the Bumping legislation.

Second priority is health care. I will work hard to reinstate all the people that were cut from Rite Care and Rite Share, as well as increasing the family income threshold, so more needy families become eligible.

Third priority is bringing and creating more sources of employment in RI. In order to do that, we will need to have a properly trained workforce.

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