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Steven 'Steve' D. Smith

Steve Smith's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Steven 'Steve' D. Smith
Office: State House (NH) - Sullivan 11, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State House - Sullivan 11
Primary Sept. 9, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Adele; 5 Children: Conlin, Jessica, Gawain
Birth Date: 06/23/1964
Birth Place: Queens, NY
Home City: Charlestown, NH
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New Hampshire State Legislative Election 2012 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.

Pro-lifea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Nob) 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?
Yesh) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:
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.
Slightly Increasea) Education (higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decreasec) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Maintain Statusf) 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
Slightly Decreased) Gas/Oil taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
f) Other or expanded categories:
3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing New Hampshire's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into New Hampshire's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yesc) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
Yesd) 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:
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?
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:
Yesa) 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?
Yesd) 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 expanding New Hampshire's homicide law to include causing the death of a fetus?
Yesg) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
h) Other or expanded principles:

In regards to my answer (d). The age of the minor and nature of the crime is a bug factor. I do not support trying as an adult if a 12 year old accidentally kills someone. If a 17 year old shoots up a school, then we should try them as an adult. There has to be some discretion.
In regards to my answer (f). Intent and pior knowledge that the victim was pregnant should be a factor.

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?
Noc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Nod) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Noe) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Yesg) Do you support expanding gambling in New Hampshire?
h) Other or expanded principles:

In regards to (h). You didn't give me a choice that reflects my position. I don't want a casino here in my district. I am pretty sure that the local planning boards will make sure that we don't have any. However, if we believe in small government and local control, why should I tell Salem that they can't have one? I favor trusting NH communities to make their own decisions.

Yesa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yesb) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
Noc) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
Yesd) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
Noe) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesf) Do you support a constitutional amendment giving the legislature more control over school funding decisions?
Yesg) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Noh) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from New Hampshire high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
i) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) 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)?
Noc) Do you support state funding for improvements to New Hampshire's energy infrastructure?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Noe) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
f) Other or expanded principles:

In regards to the first 4 answers. Public funding of energy systems creates a false, unsustainable business model that requires constant, future subsidies to work. I prefer partnering with private sources to clear regulatory hurdles and give legislative assistance to enable these private energy companies to succeed on their own. Not every problem can be solved by shoveling money at it.

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) 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?
Yese) Do you support prohibiting state colleges from banning guns on their campuses?
f) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) 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?
Nod) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support expanding Medicaid eligibility in New Hampshire with federal funding as provided through the Affordable Care Act?
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:

In regards to my answer (e). That federal money runs out in three years. New Hampshire is too small a state to maintain the dependencies that would be created by this expansion. It would be better to work on sensible gains in coverage that we can sustain through efficiency, the new managed care model, the medical home concept, etc.

Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should New Hampshire continue to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New Hampshire's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in New Hampshire's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:

It probably looks like I'm trying to have it both ways. In the interest of full disclosure, I would probably not have voted for the gay marriage bill when it came up. When a repeal was proposed, I went out in the district and found no support for a it. At some point, you have to let an issue go. It would be ufair and cruel to repeal the law after people have counted on it and made life plans based on it.

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.

Personal rapid transit - We have this never ending debate on whether we should have more buses and trains. NH has too small a population for either to work. If we want to encourage public transportation, we have to look at systems like the one in Morganstown, WV. These can be built by private sources, are solar powered, and scaleable. I plan on making this a priority.
Budget - It is simple. We shouldn't spend more than we have. I hope to return to Concord to maintain this principle.
Personal liberty & responsibility - We need to reform laws.

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