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Barbara Shelton's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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What is the Political Courage Test?

Michigan State Legislative Election 2012 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?
Yese) 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) Do you support increased licensing restrictions for abortion providers?
j) 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.
a) Education (higher)
b) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Greatly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

[a) Education (Higher)] return last years $
[b) Education (K-12)] return last years $
[g) [Welfare] - reform needed

Don't reappropriate funds - School AID/ROADS for other agenda

Invest - create Jobs - Strengthen public Schools - help small business

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
Slightly Increasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gas/Oil taxes
Maintain Statuse) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Income taxes (high-income families)
Noj) Do you support requiring a two-thirds vote of the legislature in order to approve all future tax increases?
k) Other or expanded categories:

[g) Income taxes (low-income families; h) Income taxes (mid-income families); i) Income taxes (high-income families)] should have dollar examples.
[i) Income taxes (high-income families)] ? repeal loopholes/exemptions

3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Michigan's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into Michigan's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Noc) 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
Nof) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
g) Other or expanded principles:
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
b) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
c) 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) Do you support Michigan's emergency manager law?
g) Other or expanded principles:

[b) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?] Candidate underlined word "encouraged" and wrote "what does that mean?"

[f) Do you support Michigan's emergency manager law?] not AS IT STANDS TODAY

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?
Yesc) 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?
Noe) 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:
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?
c) 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?
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?
Yesg) Do you support a constitutional amendment affirming a right to collective bargaining in Michigan?
h) Do you support construction of a new bridge across the Detroit River to Canada?
Yesi) Should Michigan allow more casinos?
j) Other or expanded principles:

[a) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?] small business yes large corps [arrow pointing to "No"]
[c) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?] Candidate underlined "expanding access" and wrote "- means what?"
[h) Do you support the construction of a new bridge across the Detroit River to Canada?] - let's see a transparent plan then [arrow pointing to "Yes"]

a) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yesb) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
c) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
Yesd) Do you support replacing pension plans for new teachers with 401(k)-style retirement plans?
Noe) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
f) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesg) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Noh) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Michigan high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
i) Other or expanded principles:

[d) Do you support replacing pension plans for new teachers with 401(k) style retirement plans?] if it will not collaps

InTensivE woRK oN K-12 - TesTing, ADMinisTraTioN, more conTRoLL AT Local Level - ADDress poverty + social issues in the communities

Yesa) 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)?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for improvements to Michigan's energy infrastructure?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
f) Other or expanded principles:

[b) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?] - underlined words "natural gas" and wrote in "- ? DepenDs"
[e) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?] - slow + with consideratioN of cosT sTRuctures/value analysis.

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?
Yesd) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:

[a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?] some

Yesa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
d) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support establishing a state-run health insurance exchange?
Yesf) 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:

[b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?] I neeD more info...
[d) Do you support requiring individual to purchase health insurance? iF they can...

a) 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 Michigan's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Michigan's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:

[a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?] in a church the leaders DeciDe Not a legislative issue.

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.

I will woRK To sTrengtheN our K-12 public school systeM. EducatioN is the foundatioN of our communities. Our schools help our children prepare for their lives. - look at effects of Proposal A & ineffective testing $ in budget.
More control at local levels, creative teaching, trade school optioNs.

InvesT in infrastructure + roads + energy systems - long overdue.

Cut govt waste - too mANy laws passed!

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