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Louis P. DiPalma

Louis DiPalma's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Louis P. DiPalma
Office: State Senate (RI) - District 12, Democratic
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Margaret; 2 Children: Kellie, Abigail
Birth Date: 04/20/1961
Birth Place: Bridgeport, CT
Home City: Middletown, RI
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Louis DiPalma has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Rhode Island State Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yesb) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
Noc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Nod) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesf) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesg) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
Yesh) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:

The sanctity of life, which begins at conception and ceases at the end of one's natural life, needs to be preserved.

1) State Spending:
Using the key, 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.
Greatly Increasea) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Slightly Decreasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Greatly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:
2) State Taxes:
Using the key,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
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gas/Oil taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Meal and beverage taxes
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Slightly Increasej) Income taxes (high-income families)
k) Other or expanded categories:
3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Rhode Island's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Rhode Island's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Noc) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
Nod) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Noe) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Nof) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
g) Other or expanded principles:

We have already addressed, via very difficult deliberations and decisions, the State's administered pension system.

No4) Do you support giving local city and town councils the authority to suspend cost of living increases for under-funded public pension plans?
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?
Nod) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
Yese) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Other or expanded principles:

Campaign Finance needs to be addressed especially with the situation which has resulted with the Citizens United decision.

WRT Redistricting, I believe our approach is transparent and has proved effective.

Noa) 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?
Yesc) Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
Nod) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Noe) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yesf) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles:

As a nation, we are desperately in need of comprehensive immigration reform.

Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Yesc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesd) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yese) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Yesf) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
g) Other or expanded principles:

Enabling the increase in jobs is paramount!

Yesa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yesb) 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?
Yese) 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 Rhode Island high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

I support illegal immigrants who graduate from Rhode Island high schools, first becoming citizens, and then receiving in-state tuition at public universities. Citizenship first.....

Yesa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nob) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for improvements to Rhode Island's energy infrastructure?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
f) Other or expanded principles:

We as a State have a real opportunity to enable the growth of jobs in the alternative energy arena.

Yesa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:

We have plenty of gun laws. We just need to enforce the laws we have.

Yesa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Yesd) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesf) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
g) Other or expanded principles:

The impact of the Affordable Care Act has some excellent components. I'm looking forward to the positive impacts of the Act's implementation.

Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Rhode Island's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Rhode Island's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:

All couples should be afforded the same benefits.

In the following area, on an attached page, or via e-mail, 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.

Our focus needs to be enabling the growth in jobs. We have approximately 60,000 RI citizens without a job. All other efforts are secondary.

To that end, the following are my priorities:

- Focus on jobs, budget and economy, including strategic and sustained economic development

- Fiscal responsibility to solve our structural budget challenges

- Regional collaboration for common problem solving and cost savings, including new perspectives and workable solutions to complex problems

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