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Bruce Westerman

Bruce Westerman's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Bruce Westerman
Office: State House (AR) - District 22, Republican Majority Leader
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 4
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Sharon; 4 Children: Eli, Amie, Ethan, Asa
Birth Date: 11/18/1967
Birth Place: Hot Springs, AR
Home City: Hot Springs, AR
Religion: Southern Baptist
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Arkansas State Legislative Election 2010 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 consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within 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?
Nog) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Yesh) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles

If the woman's life is in imminent danger and both the mother and child are likely to perish then all medical procedures should be available to medical staff to save both or either life.

1) State Spending
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 Decreasea) Education (higher)
Slightly Decreaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decreasec) Environment
Slightly Decreased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusf) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
2) 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.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Sales taxes
Eliminatef) Sales taxes (grocery)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Decreasej) Property taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Arkansas' budget.
Yesa) Establishing a "rainy day" fund
Yesb) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Yesc) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Nod) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Yese) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesf) Privatizing certain government services
g) Other or expanded principles

If state employee jobs are necessary then I do not support mandatory furloughs and layoffs for those jobs. If the state jobs are unneccesary then they should be eliminated to help stablize the budget. Since Arkansas must have a balanced budget then cuts will be required in many areas, taxes will have to be raised, or more income generated through economic growth. I favor economic growth and cuts as opposed to raising taxes.

Yesa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Arkansas governors?
Yesb) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Arkansas state legislators?
c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Party
Nod) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
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?
Noc) Do you support building more state prisons in Arkansas?
Nod) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Yese) Should minors accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as adults?
Yesf) Should minors who send sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yesg) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
h) Other or expanded principles

I believe we can reduce the need for prisons and correctional programs if we will focus on improving our childhood literacy rate and educational system as a whole while expanding our economy so that Arkansas can be the "Land of Opportunity" for all of its citizens. For those who still refuse to abide by the law then we need the best prison system to incarcerate and hopefully correct the offenders.

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 increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support national education standards?
Yesb) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Yesc) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yese) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nof) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Arkansas high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles

I support national education standards as long as they are the highest of quality and states have the right to accept or reject the standards. I do not support the current Common Core draft of national education standards which show some merit, but in general, are a watered down, middle of the road attempt at national standards.

Yesa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesb) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yesc) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for improvements to Arkansas' energy infrastructure?
Yese) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nof) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles

I believe that new forms of energy production, expansion of existing energy sources, or upgrading of existing infrastructure should be market driven. I believe that state funding from the standpoint of reduced corporate taxes, tax incentives, and some low interest bond programs are good for energy development projects as well as for manufacturing industry projects and would provide more tax revenues in the long run because of increased jobs and wages. State funding for research and development of new energy sources is also a good investment.

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) 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) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Arkansas?
Nog) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
Noh) Do you support increasing Arkansas' tax on alcohol to expand substance abuse programs?
i) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Should Arkansas allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Nod) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Noe) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Nof) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Arkansas' anti-discrimination laws?
Nog) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Arkansas' anti-discrimination laws?
Yesh) Do you support eliminating the state lottery?
i) Other or expanded principles
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.

My top priorities will be economic growth and job creation which should provide more revenue in the future to fund necessary government services. I believe that education is an important issue for Arkansas, but we first need to expand our economy so students will realize the benefit of obtaining a quality education and being able to use that education in Arkansas.

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