Massachusetts State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test
This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
|a) Abortions should always be illegal.|
|X||b) Abortions should always be legal.|
|c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.|
|d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.|
|e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.|
|f) Abortions should be subject to a mandatory waiting period.|
|g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.|
|h) Other or expanded principles|
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.
|Slightly Increase||a) Education (Higher)|
|Slightly Increase||b) Education (K-12)|
|Maintain Status||c) Emergency preparedness|
|Slightly Increase||d) Environment|
|Maintain Status||e) Health care|
|Maintain Status||f) Law enforcement|
|Slightly Increase||g) Transportation and highway infrastructure|
|Maintain Status||h) Welfare|
|i) Other or expanded categories|
We are looking at uncertain economic times. The state won't increase, and will struggle not to decrease, funding in all the areas described. If the revenues are not there we will be hard pressed to grow programs, increase funding, or lower property taxes. That said our roads and bridges are public safety issues and must be addressed. Our transportation system must evolve to meet increase in ridership and expand to offer service to more areas. Education is our gateway to the possibilites of the 21st Century. The health care system is broken and must be fixed on the federal level.
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 Increase||a) Alcohol taxes|
|Slightly Increase||b) Cigarette taxes|
|Maintain Status||c) Corporate taxes|
|Maintain Status||d) Gasoline taxes|
|Maintain Status||e) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)|
|Maintain Status||f) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)|
|Slightly Decrease||g) Property taxes|
|Slightly Increase||h) Sales taxes|
|Maintain Status||i) Vehicle taxes|
|j) Other or expanded categories|
I do believe that our state should close all corporate tax loopholes for companies that
|No||1) Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?|
|Yes||2) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?|
|Undecided||3) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?|
|4) Other or expanded principles|
A rainy day fund is for a rainy day. As we all know the problems arise when there are too many rainy days.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
|No||a) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Massachusetts governors?|
|No||b) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Massachusetts state senators and representatives?|
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
|Yes||4) Political Parties|
|Yes||d) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?|
|Yes||e) Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?|
|No||f) Should Massachusetts participate in the federal REAL ID program?|
|g) 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 Massachusetts.|
|X||c) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.|
|X||d) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.|
|X||e) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.|
|f) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.|
|g) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.|
|X||h) Support hate crime legislation.|
|i) Other or expanded principles|
The decision to try a minor as an adult should always be determined by the district attorney based on the facts of the case.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
|X||a) Support state funding of universal pre-K programs.|
|b) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).|
|X||c) Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students.|
|d) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.|
|e) 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.|
|X||g) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.|
|h) Support using a merit pay system for teachers.|
|X||i) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.|
|X||j) Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of Massachusetts to pay in-state tuition at public universities.|
|k) Other or expanded principles|
Any individual possessing a high school diploma from a Massachusetts High School should be eligible to pay in-state tuition.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
|X||a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.|
|X||b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.|
|X||c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.|
|X||d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.|
|e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.|
|X||f) Increase the state minimum wage.|
|g) Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.|
|h) Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.|
|i) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.|
|X||j) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.|
|k) Other or expanded principles|
Not all state government regulations are created equal. Some are overly intrusive and burdensome to business growth and development and should be pared back.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
|X||a) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.|
|b) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).|
|X||c) Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.|
|X||d) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.|
|X||e) Support funding for improvements to Massachusetts' power generating and transmission facilities.|
|X||f) Support funding for open space preservation.|
|X||g) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.|
|X||h) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.|
|i) Other or expanded principles|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
|Yes||a) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?|
|Yes||b) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?|
|Yes||c) Should a license be required for gun possession?|
|Yes||d) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?|
|No||e) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?|
|f) Other or expanded principles|
Mass State Law allows concealed weapons with a permit.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
|X||a) 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.|
|c) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.|
|X||d) Allow patients to sue their HMOs.|
|X||e) 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 Massachusetts.|
|g) Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.|
|X||h) Support banning gifts from insurance company representatives to doctors.|
|i) Other or expanded principles|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
|a) Should Massachusetts recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?|
|Yes||b) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?|
|Yes||c) Should Massachusetts provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?|
|Yes||d) Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?|
|No||e) Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?|
|Yes||f) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?|
|No||g) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?|
|Yes||h) Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?|
|Yes||i) Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?|
|Yes||j) Should Massachusetts continue affirmative action programs?|
|Yes||k) Do you support state funding of stem cell research?|
|Yes||l) Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?|
|No||m) Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?|
|Yes||n) Do you support banning commercial dog racing in Massachusetts?|
|o) Other or expanded principles|
Your (A) question is confused. MA has established Marriage Equality as the law of the land.
|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 and foremost, doing what I can to get our state and my district back on track. We are facing difficult and uncertain economic times. I will work to create jobs, assist our local economy, and keep our most vulnerable citizen's protected during these tough times.