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Mary Jo Daley

Mary Jo Daley's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Mary Jo Daley
Office: State House (PA) - District 148, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State House - District 148
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Bob ; 3 Children: Jessica, Rick Pauxtis, Lori Dennis
Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA
Home City: Narberth, PA
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Pennsylvania 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?
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 support allowing the woman involved and her doctor to make decisions about abortion. In the perfect world, minors would inform their parents before getting an abortion, but the world that we live in is not perfect. Minors should be encouraged to inform their parents but not required.

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)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Environment
Greatly Increased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Greatly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Slightly Increaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:
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
Greatly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Greatly Increased) Gas/Oil taxes
Maintain Statuse) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) 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 Pennsylvania's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into Pennsylvania's "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
Yesg) Stricter enforcement of the "use tax"
h) Other or expanded principles:

Government should look at revenues and expenses when working to balance Pennsylvania's budget. Government programs should be audited to ensure that spending is appropriate to the intent of the legislation.

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?
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?
Nof) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) 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?
Nod) 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?
g) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Nob) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
c) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
Nod) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
Noe) 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 Pennsylvania high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Pennsylvania adopted Common Core State Standards in 2010 and is currently evaluating how to incorporate these standards into the curriculum. Tenure should not prohibit dismissal of ineffective teachers, but rather should be an assurance that teachers cannot be dismissed without good reason.

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 hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" in the Marcellus Shale?
Yesd) Do you support a statewide impact fee on drillers at the local level?
Yese) Do you support state funding for improvements to Pennsylvania's energy infrastructure?
Yesf) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yesg) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
h) 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 municipalities be able to enforce stricter gun laws than state law?
Nod) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Yese) Should a license be required for gun possession?
f) 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?
Yesc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Yesd) 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:
Noa) 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 Pennsylvania's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Pennsylvania'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.

Restore critical funding to public schools and make tuition more affordable at Pennsylvania state colleges.
Ensure that proper environmental safeguards are put into place to prevent the harmful effects of natural gas drilling.
Promote health exchanges so Pennsylvanians have access to quality, affordable health care.
Close "Delaware loophole" and demand that multi-state corporations pay their fair share of taxes.

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