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Neil Alan Anderson

Neil Anderson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Neil Alan Anderson
Office: State House (ID) - 31A, Republican
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State House - 31A
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Sue; 4 Children
Birth Date: 02/21/1947
Birth Place: Rexburg, ID
Home City: Blackfoot, ID
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Idaho 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-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:
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)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Maintain Statusf) 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.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) 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 categories:
3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Idaho's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into Idaho's "rainy day" fund
Yesb) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yesc) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
Yesd) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Yese) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Yesf) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
g) Other or expanded principles:

I would prefer the word "consider" be substituted for the word "support" in the opening question.

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) Should the right to hunt, fish, and trap be incorporated into Idaho's constitution?
g) 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 decriminalizing 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:

The question if treating a minor as an adult should be subject to judicial discretion.

a) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
b) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Noc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
d) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Noe) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
g) Other or expanded principles:

Question a is too broad to answer accurately. My answer to questions b and d is yes if a quantifiable benefit to the state and the individual can be proven.

Yesa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yesb) Do you support Idaho's shift to an increased emphasis on technology in the classroom?
Yesc) Do you support a performance pay system for teachers?
Yesd) Do you support eliminating tenure for new teachers?
Noe) Should teachers' collective bargaining abilities be restricted?
Yesf) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
Yesg) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Noh) Do you suppport the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Noi) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Idaho high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
j) Other or expanded principles:
a) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
b) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
c) Do you support state funding for improvements to Idaho's energy infrastructure?
d) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
e) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
f) Other or expanded principles:

Regarding questions a,b and c, in a capitalistic system the subjects presented should be primarily privately funded and market driven with government encouragement and modest involvement. The preservation of open space is also important and can be encouraged through a variety of means that my include some state funding. Good stewardship of the environment is also very important and must be supported by many actions both public and private.

Yesa) 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:

Regarding question a, some guns need to be regulated ( guns greater than 50 caliber for example). Most do not.

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?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesf) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
g) Other or expanded principles:

I support finding ways to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of health care.

Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Noc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Idaho's anti-discrimination laws?
Nod) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Idaho'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.

My priorities are to contribute to a sensible, fiscally sound government that adds value to its citizens while recognizing their responsibilities and rights. In relevant areas it should allow us to achieve a level of success that we could not achieve individually. It should be a model of morality, inspiring leadership and sound business practices.

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