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Ben Wayne Nevers, Sr.

Ben Nevers, Sr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Ben Wayne Nevers, Sr.
Office: State Senate (LA) - District 12, Democratic
First Elected: 2003
Last Elected: 11/19/2011
Gender: Male
Family: Wife:Barbara Ann; 3 Children: Ben Jr., Julie, Andy
Birth Date: 10/23/1946
Birth Place: Oxford, MS
Home City: Bogalusa, LA
Religion: Baptist
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The 2011 Political Courage Test will be sent to Federal, Gubernatorial, and State Legislative candidates who qualify for the General Election.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Louisiana State Legislative Election 2011 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifea) Do you support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Nob) Should abortion be legal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
Noc) 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) Should parental notification be required before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesf) Should parental consent be required before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesg) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Yesh) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles
1) State Spending
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)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusf) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
2) State Taxes
Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Eliminatec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statuse) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Eliminateg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Eliminateh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Eliminatei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories
3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Louisiana's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into Louisiana's "rainy day" fund
b) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
c) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
d) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
e) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesf) Privatizing certain government services
Nog) Reducing public pension benefits
h) Other or expanded principles

[f] only services that will have substantial savings to our state and not destroy safety net services which need to remain in place.

Yesa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Louisiana governors?
Yesb) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Louisiana state legislators?
c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Party
Yesd) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
f) Other or expanded principles
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?
Noc) 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?
e) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yesf) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles

[d] only in certain cases
[e] yes and no. Should have to perform community service for 1st offense and then for 2nd and subsequent violations they should face criminal charges.

Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Yesc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesd) Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Yese) Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Nog) Do you support comprehensive public pension reform that incorporates a defined contribution plan, similar to a 401(k)?
h) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yesb) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Noc) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yese) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Yesf) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Louisiana high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles

[d) Do you support state funding for charter schools?] public charters
[f) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Louisiana high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?] If they attended school for 4 years or more

Noa) Do you support state regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yesb) Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yese) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yesf) Do you support state funding for improvements to Louisiana's energy infrastructure?
Yesg) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
h) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Do you support requiring background checks on all firearms sales at gun shows, including sales by unlicensed dealers?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles
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?
c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Nod) 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?
Nof) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Louisiana?
Nog) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles

[c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?] Not sure- Need to evaluate benefits

Noa) Do you support same-sex marriage?
Nob) Should Louisiana allow same-sex couples to form civil unions/domestic partnerships?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Nod) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yese) Do you support affirmative action?
Nof) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Louisiana's anti-discrimination laws?
Nog) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Louisiana's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles
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.
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