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Diane Mitsch Bush's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State House (CO) - District 26, Democratic
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Diane Mitsch Bush has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2014 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Colorado State Legislative Election 2014 Political Courage Test

Pro-choicea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Nob) 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?
Noe) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Nof) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Nog) 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 am pro choice. No politician has the right to make this most personal decision for a woman.

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
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Greatly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Slightly Increaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

# 1 Helping businesses create good jobs and providing targeted job training so that people have the skills needed to succeed.

Colorado is required by law to have a balanced budget. I am proud to have worked on and supported 2 balanced budgets that fund much needed programs while increasing our reserves ( rainy day fund)

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:

In Colorado, by law, no elected official can raise taxes. Only the voters can, so these questions do not really apply to the Colorado Legislature. That is why I answered "maintain" to all.
We can and do create tax incentives: I supported tax incentives for childcare for hard working families, for new job creation, for film, for habitat preservation, for community solar gardens, for alternative fuel vehicles, and for water conservation

3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Colorado's budget.
Yesa) Establishing a "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Noc) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
Nod) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Noe) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Nof) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
g) Other or expanded principles:

As I noted in question 1, above, we are required by law to have a balance budget.
For FY2013-2014 and FY2014-15, I am proud to have worked across the aisle to build a balanced budget that supported much needed programs, such as childcare tax credits, help for our veterans, fund programs for survivors of domestic abuse, assistance to needy seniors, increasing funding for higher ed and k-12 rural broadband, and small business development assistance, while still increasing our reserves to 6% of our budget. Budgets should not be balanced on the backs of those most in need.

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?
Noe) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Other or expanded principles:
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) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Nod) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Noe) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
f) Other or expanded principles:
a) 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 government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yesf) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Yesg) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Question a) oversimplifies: there are some regulations that are outdated or inapplicable, or pure red tape. Others are necessary to protect public health, safety and the environment. Such practical, protective regulations are necessary. Red Tape and complex, byzantine regulations need to be pragmatically examined with all stakeholders. For example, I sponsored a bipartisan bill that simplified the process for permitting small, non consumptive hydro projects. I included all stakeholders: environmental, ranchers, water, small hydro renewable industry power companies and coops. We ended up with an environmentally sound way to create lower priced power.

a) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
b) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesc) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
d) 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?
Yesg) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Questions a-e are far more complex than just yes, no. In colordo, we have the Colorado Academic Standards, developed by etchers, parents, and districts. WE are a local control state. Merit pay has to be done effectively and carefully. it is a very complex topic.Vouchers ned to be structured so that they do not strip funding from schools. the better solution would be to improve all schools. In Colorado we have state funding for charter schools.

In 2013 I proudly voted for ASSET allowing children brought here as children who graduated from Colorado schools to get in-state tuition.

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 Colorado's energy infrastructure?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
f) 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 citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:

These questions are over simplified and do not seem to reflect current Colorado law . Currently in Colorado, background checks are required for all gun sales: private, gun show, retail. The gun show law was a ballot initiative voted yes overwhelmingly over a decade ago by Colorado citizens. Concealed carry is allowed with permits and tests. If by license , you mean a background check, yes. if you mean something else, no.

Yesa) 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?
Yesd) Do you support Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act?
Yese) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
f) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesg) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles:

f is over simplifed. It is not a yes/no questions. G)again, you are not familiar with Colraodo law: doctors already can prescribe medicinal marijuana.

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

Same sex couples already CAN form civil unions n Colorado. I proudly voted for that bill in 2013

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.

Insuring water quality and water quality for all and protecting our environment, especially the Colorado River and the Yampa River.
Continuing to help businesses to create good jobs.
Helping with the burden of college debt.
Solving problems of congestion and closures on I-70, west over EJMT and Vail Pass
Securing funding for the Safe Routes to School Program
ensuring that we adequately test and monitor our air quality

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