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Tommy Thompson refused to tell citizens where he 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.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Tommy Thompson. FOX Hannity and Colmes-Transcript. 2 April 2007. "COLMES: Should abortion remain legal? THOMPSON: Abortion should not be made legal. COLMES: You want to make it illegal? THOMPSON: Abortion should be illegal, yes. COLMES: You want to arrest women who have abortions and arrest doctors? THOMPSON: No, I would not want to arrest women, Alan, and you know that [¦] The question is whether or not you're pro-life or pro- choice, and I happen to be pro-life." (votesmart.org)
  • Tommy Thompson. Twitter: TommyForWI. 25 June 2012. "It is an honor to once again receive the endorsement of the @WRTL organization: . #wisen #wiright #prolife" https://twitter.com/TommyForWI/status/217418864080863232 (bit.ly)
  • Tommy Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Tommy Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Tommy Thompson. CNN Late Edition-Transcript. 8 April 2007. "BLITZER: He also reiterated that he would support federal funding for abortion for poor women, women who need that kind of federal funding, as long as it's seen as, it's being constitutional. You agree or disagree with that? T. THOMPSON: Well, I disagree with Rudy Giuliani on abortion. I'm pro-life. I've advocated that. I signed a partial-birth abortion bill into law when I was governor. And I'm pro-life and I'm proud of it. And I think, you know, that's a different issue that different candidates are going to have different positions. I'm not criticizing one person for their position. I hope they don't criticize me for my position. I just happen to be pro-life." (votesmart.org)
  • Tommy Thompson. Issues Position: Abortion. 17 August 2012. "Governor Thompson is pro-life and signed one of the nation's first partial-birth abortion bans. Under Thompson, the number of adoptions in Wisconsin increased by 22 percent, while the number of abortions decreased by 37 percent." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tommy Thompson. "Tommy Thompson On The Issues" 20 August 2012. "Defense and Foreign Policy - Governor Thompson believes the nation must recommit itself to rebuilding the American military because our armed forces must have the capacity to dominate any war or any conflict we must enter - all while having the capability to fight a multi-front war. Our military is simply stretched too thin to protect American interests overseas and at home in these dangerous times. At the same time, our foreign policy cannot be based solely on military might. We must reach out to the rest of the world, and a good place to start is with medical diplomacy." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tommy Thompson. Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Wisconsin and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tommy Thompson. Video: My Vision. 20 January 2012. "We are so deep in debt [¦] more than the Gross National Product [¦] the first thing you have to do is control your spending [¦] get your entitlement programs in line." (www.tommyforwisconsin.com)
  • Tommy Thompson. Video: Tommy Thompson “ My Vision. 20 January 2012. "Most countries have been smarter than the United States by cutting their corporate taxes, allowing businesses to flourish. Let's do that in America, and be excited again about the country instead of being so afraid of what's going to take place in the future, and the only way to change that is cutting spending, reducing taxes, changing the tax code, reforming the entitlements, and making this country once again, the absolute number one country in the world.". (www.youtube.com)

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  • Tommy Thompson. Video: Tommy Thompson “ My Vision. 20 January 2012. "Most countries have been smarter than the United States by cutting their corporate taxes, allowing businesses to flourish. Let's do that in America, and be excited again about the country instead of being so afraid of what's going to take place in the future, and the only way to change that is cutting spending, reducing taxes, changing the tax code, reforming the entitlements, and making this country once again, the absolute number one country in the world.". (www.youtube.com)
  • Tommy Thompson. Issues “ Taxes. 20 August 2012. "Tommy believes our corporate tax policy creates the wrong incentives and is the primary reason why our economy has not expanded at the same pace it did after prior recessions. The time for politicking and class warfare over corporate tax policy is over. We must move forward with a pro-growth tax policy that generates jobs by making our employers more competitive in the global economy [¦] Corporate Tax Rate - Policymakers have had their heads in the sand regarding the global economy in which our employers compete. Our current federal corporate income tax is the highest in the world for developed countries. This cannot stand. Tommy will fight for the provision in the Ryan budget that simplifies and reduces corporate income tax rates to 25 percent [¦] Repatriate foreign profits - In addition to a lower tax rate, the U.S. must finally address the perverse incentives that cause companies to reinvest foreign profits oversees rather than repatriating those profits. This dynamic will be partially addressed by reducing the gross differential between U.S. tax rates and those oversees. But we need to do more. According to recent news reports, Apple, Microsoft and Google are calling on federal tax incentives to repatriate up to $1 trillion in foreign profits generated by U.S. corporations. Rather than a mere tax holiday or other temporary measure, Tommy is proposing a permanent solution to return those foreign profits for investment in the U.S. Tommy will pursue a policy of zero taxation on foreign profits repatriated to the U.S." (www.tommyforwisconsin.com)

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  • Tommy Thompson. Text of Tommy G. Thompson's Campaign Kickoff Speech. 7 April 2007. "On Education, we must hold our schools to world-class standards from Kindergarten through college. And we must make sure all our children get a world-class education, regardless of what neighborhood they live in or how much money their parents make. We can make No Child Left Behind stronger, and do so without wavering on its core principles." (votesmart.org)
  • Tommy Thompson. Wisconsin Tea Party Group: 2012 U.S. Senate Candidate Survey. Responded "Yes" to the question: "Are you willing to help eliminate federal mandates and federal funding for education and reallocate those funds to the states?" (www.wispolitics.com)
  • John Distaso. Union Ledger, Inc.: TheUnionLeader.com - Thompson Campaigns on Vouchers, School Choice. 7 April 2007. "The former Wisconsin governor and federal health and human services secretary said in an interview he would use federal block grants to encourage states to implement education voucher systems, charter schools and other forms of school choice. He would also use block grants for special education funds." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tommy Thompson. Issues “ Energy Independence. 20 August 2012. "Open new sources of U.S. territory to oil and natural gas drilling -The U.S. is one of the only countries in the world that puts most of its shoreline and vast areas of wilderness out of reach for energy developers. The Obama Administration has given mere election-year lip service to expanded exploration while erecting every possible barrier to action. -We will never have an opportunity for energy independence without safely using known U.S. deposits of oil and natural gas. -Tommy Thompson will support legislative action to open areas of shoreline in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Alaska to oil and natural gas exploration and production. -We must also address the regulatory excess that gives opponents of exploration too much leverage to delay projects and create uncertainty. -The regulatory approval process must be streamlined, with definite timelines for review, and we must pursue litigation reform that prevents endless legal action and does nothing but line the pockets of lawyers." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tommy Thompson. Wisconsin Tea Party Group: 2012 U.S. Senate Candidate Survey. Responded Yes to the question: "Will you oppose Cap and Trade and any other attempts by legislative or administrative fiat to limit carbon emissions?" (www.wispolitics.com)

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  • Tommy Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Tommy Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Tommy Thompson. Tommy is a Sportsman. 17 August 2012. "Tommy signed into law a bill wiping out about 35 local gun-control ordinances that undermined our gun rights, saying he wanted to empower individuals, not the government." (www.tommyforwisconsin.com)

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  • Lee Bergquist and Don Walker. Journal Sentinel - Thompson Wins Senate Primary, Advances to Face Baldwin in November. 14 August 2012. "On health care, the candidates could not be more far apart. Thompson has vowed to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, while Baldwin has embraced it." (votesmart.org)
  • Tommy Thompson. Issue Position- Deficit Reduction. 1 January 2012. "Repeal and Replace Obamacare - The health care law strong-armed through Congress by the president and his Democratic allies will be a parasite on our economy. It destroys the private health care market, breeches the relationship of doctors and patients and is an underfunded economic disaster. It cannot stand. Beyond merely repealing, however, we must replace it with a system that works for our citizens, taxpayers and employers. Governor Thompson will soon be detailing his Obamacare replacement plan.". (votesmart.org)
  • Tommy Thompson. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 1 January 2012. "There is no greater example of government overreach and unrestrained liberalism than Obamacare, the president's signature legislative initiative. It is so deeply flawed and such a clear and present threat to our economic stability that there is no way to fix it; it must be repealed entirely and replaced with market-based solutions that work. Obamacare is an underfunded, potentially unconstitutional government takeover of one of the largest sectors of our economy. Though the president and his congressional allies such as Tammy Baldwin had the opportunity to work with Republicans on workable solutions, they chose to ram through an ideological formula for government control of a third of our economy. This abuse of power and destructive policy cannot stand. Our nation can afford neither Obamacare nor prior policy, both of which will cause deficits to balloon, businesses to suffer under excessive costs and families to fear loss of affordable care. [...] It all starts with repealing this disastrous legislation and starting over. The law isn't even close to being fully implemented, but its flaws are already so clearly obvious and the threat to our economy so real that we must start completely over. The few elements of the law that are acceptable are so incidental to the broader public policy that full repeal and replacement is the only viable option. Tommy's immediate priority in the U.S. Senate will be to repeal Obamacare and restart health care reform deliberations from a clean slate." (votesmart.org)
  • Tommy Thompson. News - TOMMY THOMPSON CALLS FOR OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT. 20 August 2012. "Former Gov. Tommy Thompson today said the repeal and replacement of Obamacare will be his "day-one priority" as a U.S. Senator, regardless of how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of the controversial law. "The nation is waiting with great anticipation for a U.S. Supreme Court decision," Thompson said. "But no matter what the Court decides, we need immediate action in the next Congress to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a market-based solution." Thompson said the Court's ruling on constitutionality will not change his position either way: "I've staunchly opposed the legislation all along and have the most comprehensive plan of this campaign to replace it with a solution that works for our families and employers," he said." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tommy Thompson. Video: Tommy Thompson - Immigration. 3 August 2012. "I think that, you can't do that. I mean, it's, you're never going to deport 12 million people. But let's start you know, let's start being smart. Let's make sure that we protect our boundaries, our borders, we haven't done that. You know let's continue building the fence which Obama has now stopped. Let's make sure that individuals who come in here illegally, we don't allow them to come in. Let's penalize individuals that, that hire illegal immigrants, and let's be smart about it. Let's protect our borders, and let's make sure that we're going to be able to get people to come into this country the right way, the legal way. And that is what I'm all about. Making sure we have legal immigration, and making sure we do not have amnesty, and making sure we protect our borders." (www.cbs58.com)
  • Tommy Thopson. Governor Tommy G. Thopson Statement on Illegal Immigration. 1 May 2007. "As Americans, we should take great pride in the fact that our nation continues to be the land of opportunity and the place where people across the globe hope to find a better life for themselves and their families. We should welcome those who come here legally, and we can find ways to put that dream within the reach of even more who want to contribute to our great melting pot. But we must not reward those who break our laws and we therefore should oppose all amnesty proposals. Not only that, we must enforce our immigration policies to the fullest extent of the law. Our country was founded by immigrants and we must continue to welcome them, but only those who follow the rules. Any plan that rewards those who skirt our laws is shortsighted. We are a nation of laws and everyone must follow those laws." (votesmart.org)

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  • John Distaso. The Union Leader: Thompson Campaigns on Vouchers, School Choice. 7 April 2007. "Thompson also said he opposes civil unions, but said states should "make up their own minds" on allowing them. He said marriage should be between a man and a woman but opposes amending the U.S. Constitution to define marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • Tommy Thompson. Video: Tommy Thompson - Gay Marriage. 3 August 2012. "I believe very strongly in the Defense of the Marriage Act. That marriage is one man, and one woman. I support that, that's the federal law. I'm a little, I'm a little gun shy of people saying oh we have to have a constitutional amendment for this or that. I happen to like our Constitution, and I think you know, you should not be going around amending constitutions. I am very much in favor of the Defense of the Marriage Act, the federal Defense of Marriage Act, that's what we should have. And that, and, gay marriage should be left up to the states. This is not a federal thing. This is a state event. So let's leave the Constitution out of it. Let's defend the federal law. One man, one woman for marriage, and allow the states to determine what they want to do in this subject." (www.cbs58.com)
  • Tommy Thopson. Issues Position: Marriage. 17 August 2012. "Governor Thompson believes marriage is between a man and a woman. He supports states' rights in determining the definition of marriage and believes it should be done legislatively or by referendum." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tommy Thompson. "Tommy Thompson On The Issues" 20 August 2012. "Defense and Foreign Policy - Governor Thompson believes the nation must recommit itself to rebuilding the American military because our armed forces must have the capacity to dominate any war or any conflict we must enter - all while having the capability to fight a multi-front war. Our military is simply stretched too thin to protect American interests overseas and at home in these dangerous times. At the same time, our foreign policy cannot be based solely on military might. We must reach out to the rest of the world, and a good place to start is with medical diplomacy." (votesmart.org)
  • Tommy Thompson. Video: RTR Media-Coverage from the New Hampshire Republican Debate--The Pakistan Question. 5 June 2007. "Interviewer - Sir what do you say about the War on Terror in general though? Governor Thompson - The War on Terror in general is something that all of us have got to be concerned about. We all have to fight the War on Terror, and it's a universal thing. Interviewer - Seeing the experts have said that Bin Laden may be in Pakistan, and we know the ISI wired $100,000 to Atta prior to the attacks. Why isn't Pakistan a target in the War on Terror? Governor Thompson - Well Pakistan, the tribal lands are. That's where Osama bin Laden is, is in the tribal areas. If you know, General Mussaref last year moved in against the tribal lands, trying to make sure that he was able to prevent terrorism. Interviewer - So because we have a leader in power that's willing to go after him, the state will not be targeted? Governor Thompson - Well I'm not sure the state will not be targeted, I think the state might be targeted if in fact we knew exactly where Osama bin Laden was. We do not know it, and there's no sense of just going in and bombing something hoping that you're going to be able to strike your target. That's not the way we do things. You have to have information. You have to have expertise, and we don't have that." 40s (video.google.com)

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Wisconsin Gubernatorial 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 Wisconsin government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
Yesk) Do you support mandatory life imprisonment of any physician who performs a "partial-birth" abortion?

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) College and university admissions
Yesb) Public employment
Yesc) State contracting
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) Support the use of the death penalty.
d) Oppose the death penalty.
e) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xf) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
g) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
h) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xi) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xj) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
k) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
Xl) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
m) Other
Yesn) Do you support sending Wisconsin prison inmates to out-of-state prisons?

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.
Xc) 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 retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xe) Increase state funding to promote the tourism industry in Wisconsin.
f) Other
Nog) Do you support expanding legalized gambling (e.g. casino gambling) in Wisconsin?
Yesh) Do you support reforming the federal milk pricing system?

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.
Xc) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xd) 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.
h) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
Xi) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xj) Increase state funding to reduce class size in more school districts throughout the state.
Xk) Support a "zero tolerance" policy that requires expelling a student for carrying a gun or knife to school.
Xl) Provide education tax credits for college tuition and expenses.
m) Other
Yesn) Do you support measures to make it more difficult for K-12 teacher associations to go to binding arbitration in their negotiations with school districts?

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.
Xd) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Provide funding for recycling programs in Wisconsin.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
Xi) Other

Preserving pristine land for future generations

Noj) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Yesk) Do you support the state mining "moratorium" which requires companies to submit an example of a pollution-free mine before opening a similar one in Wisconsin?
Nol) Do you support allowing citizen boards to appoint the secretary of the Department of Natural Resources?

Indicate the level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.

Federala) Civil rights enforcement
b) Education
Statec) Environmental cleanup
Stated) Job training
Locale) Law enforcement
Localf) Low-income housing
g) Medicaid
Federalh) Medicare
Statei) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Statej) Welfare
k) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.

a) Do you support limits on the number of terms of the following Wisconsin officials?

No1) State Senators and Representatives
No2) Governor

b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesd) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yese) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Would you support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
Yesg) Do you support requiring organizations that sponsor issue advocacy commercials to fully disclose their receipts and expenditures?
Yesh) Do you support requiring all out-of-state organizations that give money to Wisconsin candidates to obey Wisconsin campaign finance laws?
Yesi) Do you support limiting transfers of money between political action committees or campaign committees to $100?
j) 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.
g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
Xh) Other

Support amendment to state constitution on right to bear arms

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

a) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that 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 through BadgerCare.
Xd) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xe) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
Xf) Limit 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.
h) 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) Provide an annual site visit for every certified child care provider, including provisional providers.
Xe) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
f) Favor banning smoking in public places.
g) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
h) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
i) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
j) Other
Nok) Do you believe that the Wisconsin government should include sexual orientation in Wisconsin's anti-discrimination laws?
Nol) Do you believe that the Wisconsin 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
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Education (Higher)
Maintain Statusd) Environment
Maintain Statuse) Health care
Maintain Statusf) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusg) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Slightly Decreaseh) Welfare
i) Other

Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gas taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Greatly Decreaseh) Property taxes
Maintain Statusi) Sales taxes
j) Other

Eliminate income tax for those making less than $18,000, $3,000/child college tuition tax credit, and a 10% across the board income tax cut

k) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

Xa) Maintain the five-year limit on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients participate in work activities in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
d) Provide tax incentives to businesses that 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.
Xh) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
Xi) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
Xj) Permit welfare recipients to get technical training as part of their work requirement.
k) Other
Please explain what your two main gubernatorial priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

My two main priorities: cutting taxes and spurring even greater economic growth and expanding our health care system for the benefit of low-income working families, seniors and the disabled.

Our 10 percent tax cut helps every taxpayer, putting more money in their pocketbooks. And we want to give all working families access to health coverage, provide seniors with long-term care that keeps them home, and allow the disabled to keep their health benefits while working.