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Tom Rice's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State House (GA) - District 95, Republican
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Tom Rice has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2014 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Georgia State Legislative Election 2014 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?
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.
Maintain Statusa) Education (higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Slightly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

Georgia's transportation infrastructure and mobility are in need of additional funds to both maintain and increase capacity. Federal Highway Trust Fund dollars are in decline and the gas tax does not generate the funds needed due to improved fuel economy. We are reviewing many alternatives including new alternatives at the local level subject to approval by referendum.

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
Greatly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gas/Oil taxes
Maintain Statuse) Property taxes
Slightly Increasef) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Slightly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded principles:

I support moving in the direction of taxes on consumption rather than income.

3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Georgia's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into Georgia's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Noc) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Yesd) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Noe) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
f) 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
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?
d) 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:

Funding limits are already imposed in Georgia. I subscribe to the current funding limits. Since Georgia is part of the 17 State Federal Voting Rights Act for review by the US Attorney Generals office I do not support the commissions.

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?
Noc) Do you support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Yese) 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:

Minors are currently subject to the courts decision as far as being tried as a juvenile or an adult. I believe the issue is best left to the decision of the prosecution and court.

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?
Yesd) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yese) Do you support government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Nog) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage?
h) Other or expanded principles:

I believe that the best way to improve our individual economic opportunities is for government to help provide an environment that encourages new and expanded private business development in Georgia. For instance, our spending on programs like Quick Start have helped greatly in inducing companies like Kia to locate large numbers of good jobs in GA. Our investment in education and infrastructure are also great incentives for businesses to grow and locate here.

Noa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yesb) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
c) 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?
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 Georgia high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

I support standards that are as rigorous or more so than the current Georgia Performance Standards. There is expert opinion on both sides of issue and the State Board of Education is working to assess this question. At this time I believe the weight of testimony supports the current standards as more rigorous than Common Core. We need to be working to enhance our current standards to world class rigor standards. On the tenure question, I have not seen any data that addresses the question.

a) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
b) 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 Georgia's energy infrastructure?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
e) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
f) Other or expanded principles:

Each of these questions depends on the definition of words like "development," "funding," and "improvements." I have supported individual bills that provided some tax incentives to grow the companies that locate in Georgia to build alternative energy. I have also voted for bills facilitating the nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle and LPGN facilities. I also would support a combined federal and state initiative to harden our power infrastructure against EMP attack.

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?
c) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:

I voted for HB 60, the Safe Carry Bill, which supports the Second Amendment rights of our citizens and carry's several provisions for conditional implementation. I do support not allowing gun sales to folks who have criminal or mental illness backgrounds.

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 Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act?
e) 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?
g) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles:

e) coverage options that in-cent decisions on health care should be available.
f) I supported limits on pain and suffering but not on economic or gross negligence damages.
g) I support the current law allowing prescriptions for cancer relief and I support the same for the use of cannibus oil in treatment of seizures.

Noa) Do you support same-sex marriage?
b) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Noc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Georgia's anti-discrimination laws?
d) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Georgia's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:

I support traditional marriage as the best opportunity for good family development.

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.
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