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Peggy Welch's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Peggy Welch refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Indiana State Legislative Election 1998 National Political Awareness 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.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xf) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Xg) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
i) Other
Noj) Should Indiana government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:
Yesa) Public employment
Yesb) State contracting
Yesc) College and university admissions
d) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) End parole for repeat violent felons.
d) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xh) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xj) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
Xl) Lower the limit defining drunk driving to .08 blood alcohol content.
Xm) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
Xn) Support increased penalties that make animal cruelty, resulting in the death or serious injury of an animal, a Class D felony.
o) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Match certain bank savings made by low-income individuals to be used for education, home buying or to start a new business.
f) Other
Nog) Do you support expanding legalized gambling? (e.g. riverboat casinos, horse racing)?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
d) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
g) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
Xh) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
Xi) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
j) Require school uniforms for students in grades K-12.
Xk) Provide free textbooks for those students who qualify for the federal free-lunch program.
Xl) Other

Provide free textbooks to all students

Yesm) Do you support the use of a state-wide achievement test in public schools?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Provide funding for recycling programs in Indiana.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
i) Support programs to combat the loss of farmland in Indiana due to residential, commercial, and industrial developments.
j) Support stricter penalties for animal waste spills from farm waste lagoons.
k) Other
Nol) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
Noa) Do you support amending the Indiana Constitution to limit the number of terms of State Senators and Representatives?
Yesb) Do you support the current limit on the number of years served by Indiana's Governor (8 out of every 12 years)?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Undecided1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesg) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xc) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Xg) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses who provide health care to their employees.
Xb) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
Xc) Provide health care to uninsured children by expanding Medicaid.
d) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xe) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
f) Increase the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xh) Provide state assistance to seniors and the disabled in acquiring community and home-based health care.
i) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Xa) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
Xd) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xe) Favor banning smoking in public places.
Xf) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
Xg) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xh) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
i) Other
Noj) Do you believe that the Indiana government should include sexual orientation in Indiana's anti-discrimination laws?
Nok) Do you believe that the Indiana government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increased) Environment
Slightly Increasee) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Greatly Increaseg) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Maintain Statush) Welfare
i) Other
Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Auto excise taxes
Maintain Statusc) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increased) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statuse) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusf) Gas taxes
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Maintain Statusi) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decreasej) Property taxes
Maintain Statusk) Sales taxes
l) Other
Yesm) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
a) Maintain the current time limits on welfare benefits.
b) Maintain the current mandatory work requirements for able-bodied recipients in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses who hire welfare recipients.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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