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Geoff Young's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Kentucky 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.

a) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
b) 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) Should an ultrasound be required prior to an abortion?
f) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Nog) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Noh) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
Noi) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
j) Other or expanded principles:

I am both pro-life and pro-choice. The most effective way to reduce the number of abortions is to provide contraception, science-based information, and the full range of reproductive services.

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.
Slightly Increasea) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increasec) Environment
d) Health care
Slightly Decreasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Maintain Statusf) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

Single-payer health insurance would cut costs by reducing red tape and corporate profits.

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
Greatly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Increasec) Corporate taxes
Greatly Increased) Gas/Oil taxes
Maintain Statuse) Property taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories:
3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Kentucky's budget.
a) Tapping into Kentucky's "rainy day" fund
b) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
c) 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
f) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
g) Other or expanded principles:

End the sales tax exemption for burning Kentucky coal. This would save approximately $80 million a year.

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:

The Kentucky General Assembly's performance during the latest redistricting process shamed the Commonwealth. It needs to be nonpartisan and independent.

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?
c) 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?
Nof) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles:

We imprison too many people, especially for nonviolent offenses; mandatory sentencing rules for most crimes need to be made less punitive.

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?
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?
f) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
g) Do you support expanded gambling in Kentucky?
h) Other or expanded principles:

I support financial incentives for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy technologies. Because the General Assembly has failed to resolve the gambling issue, I support a ballot initiative to let voters decide.

Noa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
b) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
c) 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?
e) 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 Kentucky high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

There is too much standardized testing. The Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) was well-designed and should be implemented today.

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 increased regulations on mountaintop removal mining and disposal?
d) Do you support state funding for improvements to Kentucky's energy infrastructure?
Yese) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yesf) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles:

MTR must be halted immediately. Energy efficiency is a key resource that is insufficiently utilized.

a) 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?
c) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
d) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:
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?
Noe) 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:

Single-payer health insurance is essential.

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 Kentucky's anti-discrimination laws?
d) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Kentucky'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.

Get the big money out of politics: corporations are not people and money is not speech.

Single-payer health insurance.

New, high-tech energy strategy; end mountaintop removal.

Legalize the farming of industrial hemp.

Bring home the National Guard.

I oppose the GOP's abortion platform which would make all abortions illegal.

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