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Lenny Mirra's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State House (MA) - Second Essex, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State House - Second Essex
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Massachusetts 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?
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?
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
Slightly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseg) Welfare
Slightly Decreaseh) Other or expanded categories:

I would cut spending on welfare for illegal immigrants.

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
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gas/Oil taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Slightly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Decreasej) Other or expanded categories:

MA has a flat income tax so cutting it for low income families means cutting it for all incomes.

3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Massachusetts's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Massachusetts's "rainy day" fund
Nob) 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 support welfare reform regarding EBT card abuse; these cards are for food and necesities and should not be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco, entertainment, etc.
I also support ethics reform to cut patronage hiring.

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:

I feel very strongly that there is too much money in politics. Because of this I have promised to not accept any money from PAC's, special interest groups, or lobbyists. I have self-funded almost my entire campaign and only accept small donations from individuals.

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?
Yesc) 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?
Noe) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Nof) Do you support allowing for more judicial discretion in Massachusetts's "three strikes" law?
Yesg) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Police officers are smart and talented people who should be utilized more on REAL crimes and less on things like speed traps.

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?
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?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Yesg) Do you support allowing bars and restaurants to offer daily or hourly discounts on alcoholic beverages?
Noh) Do you support extending the state's 5-cent deposit law to plastic water bottles and other non-carbonated beverages?
i) Other or expanded principles:

We should look at all government training programs and deterimine which are effective and which are not. We should do this before throwing money at additional ones.

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

Not familiar with Common Core State Standards; would have to learn more about them.
Financial aid should be targeted to STEM studies where workers are needed.

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

I support environmental regulations that protect air, water, etc. Regardless of whether this may have anything to do with climate change, we should always try to protect the environment.

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:

I'm a gun owner.

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?
Yesd) 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?
Yesg) Do you support the legalization of physician-assisted suicide for those with a terminal diagnosis and less than six months to live?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Opening up the insurance industry to more competition will lower costs and increase quality.

a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should Massachusetts continue to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Massachusetts's anti-discrimination laws?
Nod) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Massachusetts's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:

Same sex couples should get the same rights as all couples; this could be done thru civil unions.

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.

Beacon Hill has worked very hard trying to find ways to raise taxes. They should work just as hard to find ways to cut spending. Start with welfare reform to lower costs and require people to work.
Immigration reform would include elimination of welfare benefits to illegals. This would lower costs and open up jobs for low skilled workers.
Ethics reform would address patronage hires, which are legion in MA.
Find out which regulations are prohibiting people from starting their own businesses. More businesses will result in more competition for workers, thus raising wages.

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