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Terri Proud

Terri Proud's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Terri Proud
Family: 2 Children
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Arizona State Legislative Election 2010 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifea) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
c) 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?
g) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
h) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles

I believe parents have the responsibility to teach their children about sex related issues, not the schools. Schools should focus on educating our children with the basics of education. As for the unanswered abortion issues, I believe women need to be educated more on the decision and have ALL the options.

1) State Spending
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)
c) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Greatly Increasee) Law enforcement
Slightly Decreasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

In Arizona we need to look at why schools are receiving over 50% of the state's budget including the taxes from direct sources that do not go through the Legislation and not able to push even .40 cents into the classrooms or pay our teachers. The problem isn't funding, the problem is that it stops at the administration level.

2) State Taxes
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.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreased) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Sales taxes
g) Income taxes (low-income families)
h) Income taxes (middle-income families)
i) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories

In the state of Arizona we need to implement a flat tax and reduce our Corporate taxes. We should not be looking for ways to raise our taxes in a time when families are losing jobs, and losing their homes. We need to focus on bringing more tax payers in Arizona by bringing business to our State.

3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Arizona's budget.
a) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
b) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
c) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
d) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
e) Privatizing certain government services
f) Other or expanded principles

End wasteful spending. For example: We should end the tax revenue sharing. There is nothing in our Constitution that government should be collecting taxes on behalf of the cities and towns. Giving this responsibility back to the cities and towns would save the state $550 million.

a) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Arizona governors?
b) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Arizona state legislators?
c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
1) Individual
2) Political Action Committee
3) Corporate
4) Political Party
d) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
e) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
f) Other or expanded principles

Arizona has Term Limits for governors and State Legislators now. On question (c) I believe any candidate that runs for office should be able to receive donations from any tax payer and taxpaying entity.

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) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
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 a comprehensive ban on text messaging while driving?
Yesg) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
h) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
b) Do you support the reauthorization of the payday lending industry?
c) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Yesd) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yese) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Yesg) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
h) Other or expanded principles

I personally believe that the pay lending industry should be illegal in the state of Arizona. I believe that if a tax payer loses a job, faces foreclosure then the state should offer assistance by reforming welfare to lending help to taxpayers who are in need of it.

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?
f) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Arizona high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles

F. I need to way the pro's and con's to this prior to giving an answer

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 Arizona's energy infrastructure?
Noe) 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
Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
b) 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?
d) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles

B. I believe many vendors at the gun shows already participate in background checks.

Noa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
b) 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?
e) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Arizona?
g) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles

B and G would need more research.
E. I believe that Judge's have the option now to allocate what is sufficient, not the attorney's or victims. If Judge's are awarding over excessive monetary amounts then our judicial process of Judge's should be looked at.

Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Should Arizona allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
Noc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Nod) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
e) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Yesf) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Arizona's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesg) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Arizona's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles

I believe individuals should be employed based on their level of performance rather than race, sex, etc. That to me is discrimination.

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. Jobs. We HAVE to focus on bringing jobs into this state if we are going to have a future. In order to do that we MUST create a business friendly environment.
2. Education. I believe we need to focus on Kids First Education.

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