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Buzz Brockway's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State House (GA) - District 102, Republican
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Buzz Brockway 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:

We must do all we can to create a culture that views all life as precious.

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)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Decreasec) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Slightly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

We must set priorities in our spending, eliminate waste, eliminate duplication of government services, get departments back to their core missions, and eliminate programs that can be better performed by the private sector. Then return the savings to the taxpayers and better fund transportation.

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
Eliminatee) Property taxes
Slightly Increasef) Sales taxes
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Greatly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded principles:

Georgia should move away from an income tax based system toward a consumption tax based system to better compete with Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and other states without income taxes.

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
Nod) 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?
No1) 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?
Nod) 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:

Georgia must enforce it's ethics and campaign finance laws fairly, accurately, and timely.

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?
Yesd) 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:
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?
Noe) 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:
Noa) 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?
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:
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 Georgia's energy infrastructure?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
f) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
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:
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?
Noe) 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:
Noa) Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yesb) 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?
Nod) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Georgia's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:
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.

1) Restoring Trust: Elected officials must earn the trust of voters once again. We must do all we can to make the process of crafting legislation transparent and enforce our ethics and campaign finance laws without partiality.
2) Jobs: Government should create a climate whereby businesses can expand and create jobs.
3) Fairness: Favor must not be shown to the powerful over the not so powerful, nor should laws be used to thwart competition in the marketplace.
4) Smaller Budgets: State departments need to get back to their core mission and eliminate duplicate and non-essential programs.

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