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Fred Cox's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State House (UT) - District 30, Republican
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Fred Cox has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2014 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Utah 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?
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 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:

I believe abortion should be legal when the fetus is known by competent medical authority to have severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth.

Parental consent could be waived before an abortion is performed on a minor when pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, when the life or health of the mother is judged by competent medical authority to be in serious jeopardy, or when the fetus is known by competent medical authority to have severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth.

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.
Slightly Increasea) Education (higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Slightly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:
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
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gas/Oil taxes
Maintain Statuse) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded principles:
a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
No1) Individual
No2) Political Action Committee
No3) Corporate
No4) 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:
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:

I do support the legalizing of non-intoxicating, seizure-stopping cannabis oil that passed in 2014

The penalty for minors sending questionable photos via cell phones should not be the same as adults. This has become the "new drug" and I would be interested in alternatives such as treatment, weighing also the rights of any victims.

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?
Nod) 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?
Yesh) Do you support the privatization of liquor sales?
i) Other or expanded principles:

Any support for providing financial incentives to the private sector should be very limited. Government generally shouldn't be picking winners and losers in the market place. Providing an incentive to an entire industry is preferred over picking an individual company.

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?
Nod) 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 Utah high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

I support the use of national education standards only as long as Utah can customize, modify, and withdraw from them as we chose. Student and family privacy should be maintained.

I love the ideas of competition and parents choice. I do not believe vouchers are the answer. Vouchers couldn't directly help any private religious school, any school accepting vouchers could have more government control, and any private school not accepting the vouchers could be at a disadvantage to those that do. I would be more open to private charity scholarships and/or tuition tax credits. Public schools must not be hurt.

Yesa) 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)?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for improvements to Utah's energy infrastructure?
Nod) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Noe) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
f) Other or expanded principles:

We need clean energy, clean air, clean water, clean land and energy independence. We also need to encourage energy efficiency and technologies such as ground source heat pumps.

I support having goals to rely on renewable energy and energy savings for the increased demand of power. I do not support reducing traditional energy production in Utah.

Critical questions include: How much oil and gas is untapped in Utah and can we get it without hurting our state treasures? Do we have existing dams that we could add hydroelectric power to, without putting more land underwater, hurting our rivers and/or wildlife?

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

I support Utah's Open Carry Law.

I support the requirements of Utah's Concealed Carry Weapons Permit, and do not support removing the CCW permit requirement.

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?
Noc) 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?
Nog) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles:

I do support non-intoxicating, seizure-stopping cannabis oil.

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

The inclusion of sexual orientation in Utah's anti-discrimination laws will depend on how it is written. I have written blog posts the last 2 years on suggested bill amendments, the last in January on Problems with 2014 SB 100. We should look at protecting someone that believes differently that I do re: marriage, the ability to work and live in Utah.

I believe nondiscrimination laws have to walk a narrow path, and my support will depend on several factors:
Do they hurt traditional marriage? Do they follow the State Constitution, including the rights of conscience and the marriage definition?

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.

Education Excellence, Clean Air and Water, Your Rights, and a Stable and Growing Economy

Education Excellence
As a taxpayer and architect, I see the money spent on buildings and will continue to advocate for an improved balance between cost savings and quality to the process. We can reduce costs while still maintaining the quality.

Teachers often do not have the supplies they need, and in most cases deserve more pay for the critical work they do. Education funding is too complex and enough funding doesn't make it to the classroom. I will work to bring more money to the classroom.

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