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Russell 'Russ' James Diesinger

Russ Diesinger's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Russell 'Russ' James Diesinger
Gender: Male
Family: Married, Spouse: Jeri: 4 children: Jacob, Edward, Laura, Mary
Birth Date: 11/21/1951
Birth Place: Norristown, PA
Home City: Exeter Township, PA
Religion: Lutheran
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Pennsylvania State Legislative Election 2012 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-choicea) 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?
Noh) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:

I support stronger regulation of facilities that perform abortions.

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.
Greatly Increasea) Education (higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Environment
Slightly Increased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Greatly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Greatly Increaseg) Welfare
Greatly Increaseh) Other or expanded categories:

Greatly increase indicates that funding levels should be returned to pre-Governor Corbett levels. New revenue sources should be explored (Marcellus shale, smokeless tobacco, close the "DE loophole")

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 Increasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gas/Oil taxes
Eliminatee) Property taxes
Greatly Increasef) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasej) Other or expanded categories:

Corporate tax rates will remain the same, but the loopholes will be closed.

3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Pennsylvania's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into Pennsylvania's "rainy day" fund
b) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
c) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
d) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
e) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
f) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesg) Stricter enforcement of the "use tax"
h) Other or expanded principles:

Tax Marcellus shale, smokeless tobacco, and close the "Delaware loophole". Tax credits for job creation with accountability; no jobs, no credit; eliminate discount for sales tax

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Party
Yesb) 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?
Yesd) 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:

Photo ID's must be readily available for all voters. Lobbyists must be better regulated, their impact on government has been debilitating.

Noa) 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 decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
Nod) 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?
Nof) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles:

My economic recovery plan is education, my poverty reduction plan is education, and my crime elimination plan is education. When we put our citizens to work and provide them with real economic opportunity there will be less crime.

Noa) 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?
Yesc) 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?
Yesf) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
g) Other or expanded principles:

I support financial incentives for job creation with accountability; no jobs no incentives. There must be more than the promise of jobs. We need to strive to bring better paying jobs to PA.

Noa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Nob) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesc) 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?
Noe) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesf) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Yesg) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Pennsylvania high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Charter funding needs to be reformed to reflect the actual cost of educating a student. We cannot continue to draw resources away from under funded public schools.

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 increased regulations on hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" in the Marcellus Shale?
Yesd) Do you support a statewide impact fee on drillers at the local level?
Noe) Do you support state funding for improvements to Pennsylvania's energy infrastructure?
Yesf) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nog) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
h) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) 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 municipalities be able to enforce stricter gun laws than state law?
Yesd) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Yese) Should a license be required for gun possession?
f) Other or expanded principles:

I support current gun laws.

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 requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Noe) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
g) Other or expanded principles:

Everyone should have access to medical care. When the poor are forced to be treated for a cold in the emergency room all of us pay. We should be proud of programs like CHIP and try to expand them.

Noa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Pennsylvania's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Pennsylvania's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:

Government does not belong in this aspect of our private lives.

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.

There must be a proportionate contribution for programs that promote the common good by all factions of our citizenry. If elected I will work hard to promote the following legislative goals:
1. To put Pennsylvanians back to work by restoring our infrastructure.
2. To restore the cuts to education and social programs that provide our citizens with an adequate safety net.
3. To eliminate property taxes on primary residences. (Increase sales tax)
4. To reform charter school funding
5. To close the "Delaware Loophole"
6. To enact an extraction tax on Marcellus Shale and use these funds to deal [...]

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