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Jennifer Whalen's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Jennifer Whalen refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

What is the Political Courage Test?

New York 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?
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 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
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.
Maintain Statusa) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decreasec) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Slightly Decreasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly 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 may use a number more than once.
Greatly Decreasea) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreased) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Property taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Sales taxes
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories
3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing New York's budget.
Noa) Tapping into New York's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Allowing grocery stores to purchase licenses to sell wine
Noc) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Nod) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Noe) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Yesf) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesg) Privatizing certain government services
h) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for New York governors?
Yesb) Do you support limits on the number of terms for New York state legislators?
c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
No1) Individual
No2) Political Action Committee
No3) Corporate
No4) 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?
Nob) 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 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 legalizing mixed martial arts competitions in New York?
Yesc) 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?
Yesf) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nog) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
h) 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 the state universities of New York be permitted to set their own tuition rates?
Nog) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from New York high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles
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 New York's energy infrastructure?
Yese) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yesf) 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?
Nob) Do you support requiring semiautomatic pistols made or sold in New York to microstamp bullet casings?
Noc) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesd) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Noe) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
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?
c) 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 New York?
Nog) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
Noh) Do you support a "presumed consent" organ donation policy?
i) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
b) Should New York allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
c) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
d) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
e) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
f) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New York's anti-discrimination laws?
g) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in New York's anti-discrimination laws?
h) 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.

Issue #1-Revitalize the Economy and Create Jobs

We need a more comprehensive approach in creating a business friendly environment. Rising production costs, coupled with increases in state spending and higher tax rates are driving businesses away. We need to lower tax rates, reduce healthcare and utility costs for employers and create economic development programs that guarantee job creation.

Issue #2- Cut Taxes

We need to cut taxes and enact a property tax cap to provide financial relief to families and businesses. We also need to combat Medicaid fraud and spending, which drive up local property taxes.

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