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Louis DiPalma's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State Senate (RI) - District 12, Democratic
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Louis DiPalma has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Rhode Island State Legislative Election 2016 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?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) 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?
Noh) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:

All life, from conception to natural death, should be respected to the nth degree.

1) 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.
Greatly Increasea) Education (higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Environment
Slightly Increased) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Greatly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Slightly Increaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

It is critical we have a focus on children's health.

2) 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
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreased) Small business taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gas/Oil taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Property taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Sales taxes
Greatly Decreaseh) 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:

It is paramount we proactively pursue the "Marketplace Fairness Act" at the federal level.

Several years ago we revamped our Income Tax and Corporate Tax schedules, etc.

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
Nob) 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?
Yesd) 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:

We need to explore online voting, which is being successfully employed in other areas

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?
Noc) Do you support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
Nod) 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?
g) Other or expanded principles:
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?
Yese) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Nof) 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?
Noj) Should employers be able to ask about applicants' criminal history before interviewing them?
k) Other or expanded principles:

WRT to item j), we have address this with "Ban the Box"

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:
Yesa) Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Yesb) 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 government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yesf) Do you support increased regulations of the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
g) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Yesb) 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:

In Rhode Island, we have recently addressed the challenges associated with the nexus of firearms and mental health and firearms and domestic violence. We need to remain vigilant in our oversight of these recently enacted measures to ensure they produce the intended consequences and address any unintended consequences, should they materialize.

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 Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Yese) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yesf) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesg) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yesb) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Rhode Island's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Rhode Island's anti-discrimination laws?
d) Other or expanded principles:

We, in RI, recently enacted same sex marriage laws. While I did not support the legislation, it is now the law of the "RI land," and it is now all our duty to obey the laws.

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.

Jobs/economy: We need to build upon targeted investments, including workforce development initiatives, innovation in our economy by leveraging higher education to create 21st century jobs, the R&D tax credit, First Wave Closing Fund, expanding the Innovation Voucher program, reducing the corporate minimum tax and eliminate of the commercial sales tax on energy.

Education, We need to continue to build upon free PSAT and SAT, PrepareRI, P-TECH Initiative, the creation of the RI Promise Scholarship, Wavemaker Fellowship program offering tax credits to defray student loans to college graduates who live and work in RI, and CS for Rhode Island (CS4RI) Initiative.

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