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Vivianne Falcone

Vivianne Falcone's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Vivianne Falcone
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Bill; 2 Children
Home City: West Islip, NY
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Vivianne Falcone has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where she stands on the issues she may face if elected.

What is the Political Courage Test?

New York Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I believe in accurate sex education as well as affordable contraception.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

I am a strong supporter of our United States military and the efforts of our soldiers who protect and defend this country. I supported the initial war effort in Afghanistan and I am now in favor of withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

2. Everyone should pay their fair share of taxes.
3. and 4. I support cost-containment for both medicaid and medicare.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

To have a truly democratic election system, we must have complete transparency for campaign contributions and current campaign finance laws need significant reform. Corporations and labor unions are two fundamentally different entities which should be separately regulated due to the disparity in resources of large corporations versus most other organizations including labor unions.

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

2. We need to make sure that businesses create and keep good jobs in America; then they get the reward/incentive.
5. I support extension of tax relief for working and middle class families.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

As a former teacher, I feel strongly about education reform. I believe that successful schools show continuous improvement in their programs, curriculum,faculty and student development. I believe in supporting and rewarding innovative schools with federal grant funding and using funds to facilitate reforms and transformation in under-performing schools. However, I am opposed to the use of public funds for private schools as advocated by many charter school proposals.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
NoDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

3. I think federal law should be enforced by a federal entity. Local tax dollars should be used for local law enforcement.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Maintain Statusd) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
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.

Jobs:

If all Americans pay their fair share in taxes, there would be enough funds to support infrastructure projects. I support "Bring the Jobs Home" as we need incentives for employers to create and keep good jobs in the USA.

Education:

An educated population is an asset. I believe in a strong public school system. If we are to be a competitive nation, we need to make higher education (post secondary and/or vocational training) a priority. Higher education has to be both affordable and available, or we forfeit a generation of progress and growth.

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