Senator Thomas 'Tom' Richard Carper's Political Positions

Office: U.S. Senate (DE) - Sr, Democratic
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Tom Carper 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.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S 3. 108th Congress. Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion bill. Tom Carper voted Yea on 10/21/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S Amdt 244. 109th Congress. Unintended Pregnancy Amendment. Tom Carper voted Yea on 03/17/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S Amdt 3927. 108th Congress. Military Abortion Amendment. Tom Carper voted Yea on 06/21/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Delaware Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Tom Carper. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Delaware Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S Amdt 3896. 110th Congress. Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions. Tom Carper voted Nay on 02/26/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Tom Carper a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of the Peace Action 79 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Senator Carper Votes for Critical Funding for Our Troops, Veterans, and Disaster Relief. 28 May 2010. "While we are drawing down troop levels in Iraq, we are also providing funding for additional military and diplomatic resources to support President Obama's new strategy in Afghanistan. For the first time since 2001, the US is fully engaged in addressing the challenges we face in Afghanistan, ensuring that diplomatic and military efforts are robust, strategically deployed, and well coordinated. Last month I traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan to see firsthand how the President's new comprehensive strategy was working. Based on what I saw and heard there in my visits with our troops as well as our military and diplomatic leaders, I believe our prospects for Afghanistan have improved from not good at all to "possible," and that progress is because of President Obama's comprehensive strategy for a new way forward in Afghanistan. While progress is hard to measure and ultimate success remains uncertain, I do believe that we finally have the right strategy, the right US leadership, and we are providing the necessary resources to get the job done. This is our exit strategy, and I am hopeful that the investments we are making in this legislation will pay off." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Sen. Carper Reacts to President Obama's Speech on Afghanistan. 22 June 2011. "In order to prevent Afghanistan from returning to a terrorist safe haven that threatens our nation's security, the U.S. and our allies need to continue to empower the Afghan people to defend, feed and govern themselves. While significant progress has been made in that effort, that progress remains fragile and we must be mindful of that as we modify U.S. troop levels. As we begin to draw down our troops and our allies follow suit, key non-combat missions will become all the more important. The robust civilian surge that is now underway should continue unabated, while efforts to effectively train the Afghan National Army and Police units must intensify. The reduced force levels announced by the President ensure that the U.S. will maintain a force large enough to achieve these important goals, while also mapping out the details of the U.S. exit strategy." (www.carper.senate.gov)
  • Tom Carper. The Way Forward in Afghanistan. 25 September 2012. "Over the past year, the U.S. forces in Afghanistan under the leadership of General David Petraeus have made significant progress toward bringing stability to this former terrorist safe haven. Along with our NATO allies, we have trained thousands of Afghan Army and police recruits, we have driven the Taliban out of their strongholds in the south and reduced the ranks of Al-Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan. Before the United States can leave Afghanistan, we must empower Afghanistan to provide its own security and stability, much like we did with Iraq. That is why I supported the President's proposal to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan in 2009, and to help secure the country and empower the people of Afghanistan to feed, defend and govern themselves. Now as we begin to bring some of our troops home in the latter half of 2011, we must do so at a rate that is dependent on the conditions on the ground and does not undermine the significant yet reversible progress made over the past year." (www.carper.senate.gov)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of Peace Action West 79 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S Amdt 4204. 112th Congress. Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable. Tom Carper voted Nay on 05/27/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Issue Position: Foreign Affairs. 20 June 2011. "Furthermore, I am deeply concerned about the deteriorating situations in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Within the last half-decade, al-Qaeda and the Taliban have posed increasing threats to the national security of the United States, which we must continue to aggressively address. To protect our homeland from attacks, I, with support from many of my Senate colleagues, have urged President Obama to re-focus our counter-terrorism strategy and our national security resources on this region and implement a comprehensive new strategy to keep America safe. He has already signaled his commitment to do so." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Continuing Extension Act Of 2010. 15 April 2010. "When we were coming out of Afghanistan, we did a press availability with some reporters back home. One of the reporters asked me the question: What is our exit strategy in Afghanistan? I replied: I think our exit strategy is to implement well the strategy the President outlined in April of last year. That was the additional marines, additional Army troops, additional trainers, additional Black Hawk helicopters for mobility, and the civilian surge to help us with the Afghans; to diversify the economy, the poppy seed trade where they produce enough opium to meet the demands of the world, to help them raise the kinds of agricultural commodities they used to raise to feed themselves and a lot of the folks in that part of the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Sen. Carper Statement On CODEL To Afghanistan; Pakistan. 15 April 2010. "In Afghanistan, I was struck by how the overall prospects there have improved. For the first time since 2001, the United States is fully engaged in addressing the challenges we face in Afghanistan, ensuring that diplomatic and military efforts are robust, strategically deployed, and well coordinated. While progress is difficult to measure and ultimate success remains uncertain, our trip convinced me we have the right strategy, the right U.S. leadership, and are finally providing the necessary resources to make progress in Afghanistan. For months I have said that the President's strategy is our exit strategy and I believe this now more than ever having seen evidence of the effectiveness of this strategy." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Carper. HR 2206. 110th Congress. Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007. Tom Carper voted Yea on 05/24/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Carper Subcommittee Examines Cost Effectiveness of C-17s. 13 July 2010. "As we all know, our nation's budget outlook is troubling. While Defense spending is not the main culprit of our deficits, it has nevertheless contributed to it. The Pentagon's Fiscal Year 2011 budget request is $548 billion--far exceeding any other agencies' budget. This means that we must carefully watch how we spend every defense dollar. We are going to have to make some tough decisions about which weapon systems to fund. While the C-17 is an exceptional aircraft, in this economy we simply cannot afford to increase our C-17 fleet to unnecessarily high levels without good reason. Let's not spend taxpayer dollars on something the President calls 'waste, pure and simple'. Let's save this funding and use it to support our troops on the ground in Iraq or Afghanistan. Let's get beyond this so we can start achieving real efficiency in Defense spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 9 March 2011. "We had a commission put together that a bunch of us supported. We created the deficit reduction commission, chaired by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson. They gave us a pretty good roadmap of how to get to a more fiscally responsible place in the next few years, cutting some $4 trillion out of the budget deficit. What they said is that pretty much everything needs to be on the table--domestic spending, defense spending, entitlement programs, tax expenditures, tax credits, tax deductions, tax rates. They have suggested a proposal that cuts the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years, about two-thirds of that on the spending side and maybe one-third or so on the revenue side. I think it is a pretty good approach, and I commend the 18 members of the commission who endorsed that approach." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. U.S. Must Learn How to Spend Smarter. 12 May 2011. "Co-chaired by President Clinton's former chief of staff, Erskine Bowles, and former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), this commission has proposed reducing the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 10 years by putting everything on the table -- domestic discretionary spending, defense spending, entitlement programs and taxes. Two-thirds of the savings would come from spending cuts and one-third from increased revenues. We can all find aspects of the plan to disagree with, but it's a credible plan toward a sustainable fiscal path. While I favor the more balanced approach offered by the Bowles-Simpson commission and echoed by President Obama, it's encouraging that Republican and Democratic leaders recognize that we must act now to reduce the deficit. Waiting is no longer an option." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Government Shutdown. 8 May 2011."Last thing I want to say is that a couple of us have been working on this in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. What we are beginning to do is to use our committee's jurisdiction to look into every nook and cranny of this government to ask this question: How do we get better results for less money? How do we get better results in domestic spending, how do we get better results in defense spending, and how do we get better results for less money in entitlement programs? And frankly, with the tax expenditures as well. How do we get better results?" (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Issue Position: Defense. 20 June 2011. "Last April, the Government Accountability Office released its annual assessment of Department of Defense's major weapon systems and revealed that the cost overruns on the 95 largest programs now amounted to $295 billion more than their original program estimates, putting the sum total of these costs at $1.6 trillion. If our nation is to navigate the economic crisis and continue to fight two wars, we must curb this inefficient use of defense dollars. That means that we must end no-bid defense contracts, reform the weapons acquisition process so that our weapons are developed in a cost-effective way, and we must incentivize defense contractors to deliver weapon systems on time and under budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Tom Carper voted Yea on 01/22/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S Amdt 4818. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tom Carper voted Yea on 05/22/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Tom Carper voted Yea on 08/01/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Improper Payments. 14 July 2010. "It was reported back in 2001 that we spent $45 billion in cost overruns for major weapons systems. Think about that: $45 billion in 2001 on cost overruns for major weapons systems. We got an update on that about a year or two ago, and it was no longer $45 billion. That is the good news. The bad news is, it is about $295 billion. We had a big debate here last fall, some will recall, on whether we ought to continue to buy F-22 aircraft that cost roughly $300 million a copy at about a 55-percent mission capable rate, which means on any given day only about 55 percent of them can fly. It costs about $45,000 a flight hour. They have never flown a single mission in Iraq, a single mission in Afghanistan. The question is, are we going to continue to buy them [...] We had a hearing yesterday in our Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on whether we ought to continue buying C-17 aircraft. It is a cargo aircraft, a great aircraft. We have about 200, almost 230 of them. The Pentagon says we do not need them [¦] They cost about a quarter billion dollars apiece, plus we have to operate them and provide hangars for them and maintenance, and so forth, and crew them." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Carper. S AMDT 2610. 109th Congress. Tax Rate Amendment. Tom Carper voted Yea on 11/17/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 12 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Carper. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Tom Carper voted Yea on 10/01/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S Amdt 3301. 112th Congress. Ending the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Tom Carper voted Nay on 01/21/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Concurrent Resolution On The Budget For Fiscal Year 2010 - Conference Report. 29 April 2009. "I am one of those people who thinks it is appropriate to spend when we are in a time of economic calamity, when we are in a time of war, and as it turns out right now we are in both." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Issue Position: Economy. 20 June 2011. "The American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is the first step in our recovery. I worked with my colleagues in the Senate to make sure that this stimulus package was timely, targeted, and temporary and to ensure that its investments and tax incentives were focused on creating jobs now and on producing real economic improvement soon. The recovery legislation is expected to create an estimated 3.5 million jobs, including 11,000 in Delaware, by putting Americans to work to begin rebuilding our nation's crumbling infrastructure, including roads, bridges, ports, railways, waterways, water systems, electric grid upgrades, and mass transit." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Stimulus Package Will Create Jobs, Fund Critical Infrastructure Improvements. 19 February 2011. "This bill is expected to create an estimated 3.5 million jobs by putting Americans to work to begin rebuilding our nation's crumbling infrastructure, mass transit and water and sewer systems, and rebuilding roads, bridges, ports, railways, waterways. Delaware stands to create or retain thousands jobs from this legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 18 February 2009. "Delawareans, in particular, will see direct benefits from many of this legislation's provisions, including those designed to: [¦] Create jobs by investing large sums of money in our nation's infrastructure, including our roads, bridges, ports, waterways, transit systems, railways, water and sewer systems, and our electric grid." (carper.senate.gov)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Tom Carper a rating of 7 percent." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Carper. Sen. Carper Reacts To President Obama's State Of The Union. 27 January 2010. "The government can't create jobs, but it can create an environment that fosters job growth. Unlocking credit for small businesses, investing in renewable energy and offering tax incentives for employers to rehire former employees all complement the extraordinary effort already underway to put America back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Issue Position: Economy. 20 June 2011. "The American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is the first step in our recovery. I worked with my colleagues in the Senate to make sure that this stimulus package was timey, targeted, and temporary and to ensure that its investments and tax incentives were focused on creating jobs now and on producing real economic improvement soon." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Putting Americans Back to Work. 18 February 2010. "This is direct tax relief and a tax incentive for employers to begin to hire back employees who may have lost their job during the recession." (carper.senate.gov)
  • Tom Carper. Small Business Lending Fund Act Of 2010. 28 July 2010. " This kind of tax break will encourage businesses to purchase everything from new software and computers to buildings, new roofs, windows, and vehicles. At the same time, it will encourage hiring in industries that sell those products." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Tom Carper voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S 3816. 112th Congress. Tax Law Amendments. Tom Carper voted Yea on 09/28/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Sen. Carper Votes for Middle Class Tax Relief Act. 15 December 2010. "In addition, businesses will be able to take advantage of a new tax incentive that allows them to immediately write-off “ or expense “ the purchase of new equipment and other capital expenditures. This provision will [¦] spur more businesses to ramp up production and, ultimately, help create jobs. By implementing these and other critically-needed provisions, this package is expected to accelerate GDP growth and, most importantly, reduce unemployment." (carper.senate.gov)
  • Tom Carper. Senator Carper Praises Final Passage Of Key Jobs Legislation. 17 May 2010. "This jobs legislation includes a number of bipartisan, commonsense solutions that will strengthen our economy. Initiatives like a payroll tax holiday for hiring unemployed workers; incentives to put people to work in good-paying jobs building roads, highways and bridges; and tax breaks to encourage small businesses to make capital investments that will improve efficiency, encourage competition, and spur hiring." (carper.senate.gov)
  • Tom Carper. Sens. Carper, Snowe, Brown, Collins Introduce Bill to Encourage Offshore Wind Energy Production. 2 March 2010. "This legislation is essential to encourage the continued growth of this fledgling industry. Guaranteeing these tax incentives through 2020 will provide companies with the certainty they need to plan for the long term and encourage further development even in these challenging economic times [¦] Harnessing our nation's offshore wind will give us reliable, clean energy; create good-paying American jobs in manufacturing and construction; lower energy costs for consumers; and reduce harmful pollution that damages our lungs and impacts our climate." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Carper. Education. 20 September 2012. "I'm pleased that Delaware was one of the first winners in the Race to the Top competition, receiving $100 million over four years to implement education reforms. I will be following this effort closely and will continue to work with officials at Delaware's Department of Education to ensure that they have the resources to make the progress Delaware students need and deserve." (www.carper.senate.gov)
  • Tom Carper. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Delaware Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Carper. Gas Prices. 29 March 2012. "So here we are, more drilling in America, onshore and offshore. We are no longer a net oil importer. We have 75 million acres that are leased and have yet to be tapped, and a lot of those are down in the gulf, as Senator Nelson suggests. Yet American consumers are still paying more at the pump [¦] I do question giving away billions of taxpayer dollars in drilling subsidies at a time when we are running record Federal deficits to established and successful industries that I don't think need a whole lot of financial incentive to drill more in this country. If they can make 100 or 110 bucks a barrel or so, that is pretty good incentive, at least in my mind [¦] Why? Because at the end of this day, it is not the solution. We can't drill our way out of the situation we are in [¦] I am getting close to the end, so let me just say that instead of giving billions of dollars to oil companies to continue what they are already doing, why don't we put some Federal dollars in to work to allow real choices at the pump? It turns out that some of the folks who are doing some cutting-edge work in this turn out to be some of these oil companies. Some of the best biofuels work is being done by, I think, outfits like BP and Shell. Rather than incentivize them just to drill more, why don't we incentivize them to come up with alternative and biofuels and other kinds of renewable forms of energy? They shouldn't be cut out of that. They are energy companies. They are not just oil and gas companies. Let's incentivize them to create energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S 953. 112th Congress. Offshore Production and Safety Act. Tom Carper voted Nay on 05/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Full Q&A, with Sen. Carper's Responses. 18 May 2012. "I support an all of the above energy approach “ which includes supporting more drilling here at home. Not only have I supported onshore drilling production, I have also been open to some expansion of offshore drilling as part of comprehensive energy legislation, as long as drilling could be done in an environmentally responsible manner and states and neighboring states had a say if drilling occurred near their shores." (www.carper.senate.gov)
  • Tom Carper. Report to the President from the National Comission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill & Offshore Drilling. 16 March 2011. "Lastly, I would like to add that while oil and gas will undoubtedly remain part of our country's energy supply for the foreseeable future, last year's tragic accident has underscored something that I have believed for years “ the need to reduce the amount of oil and gas that we consume in our country and the need to invest in alternative sources of energy." (www.carper.senate.gov)
  • Tom Carper. Senator Carper's Statement on President Obama's Offshore Oil and Gas Development and Exploration Proposal. 31 March 2010. "While I don't believe we can just drill our way to energy independence, I do support limited exploration if it is done in an environmentally feasible manner and in a way that does not diminish states' interests, which I believe is possible. Delaware's beaches and coastlines attract millions of tourists each year who contribute to the state's economy and we must be mindful of that as any activity is considered off our coast or off the coast of any neighboring states. I will be looking closely at the President's proposal to expand offshore drilling to make sure it meets those criteria." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Carper. Chairman Boxer and EPW Colleagues' Statement on Full Committee Markup of Upton Bill that Would Permanently Block Protections from Carbon Pollution. 15 March 2011. "The legislation approved today by the House Energy and Commerce committee is misguided and politically driven. The bill would be harmful to the health and well-being of Delawareans and all Americans. I respectfully disagree with the approach taken by some of my House colleagues to deny the EPA the ability to protect American's health by regulating harmful carbon air pollution emissions. The EPA's clean air programs have repeatedly shown huge returns for the investment in lives saved, reduced health care costs, and clean energy jobs. I believe a responsible approach to regulating carbon pollution will yield similar benefits for public health and our economic bottom line and that's what we should focus on moving forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Letter to Members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. 12 January 2010. "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a finding that greenhouse gas pollution endangers public health and public welfare. In April 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that greenhouse gas emissions were covered under the Clean Air Act and the EPA had a duty to determine whether the endangerment finding was warranted by the science. A "Resolution of Disapproval" using expedited procedures under the Congressional Review Act or other similar amendment is expected to be introduced in the Senate to overturn EPA's global warming endangerment finding. Debating policy choices regarding the appropriate response to unchecked climate change is fair, and the Senate will continue to evaluate the best tools for addressing greenhouse gas emissions, but repealing an endangerment finding based upon years of work by America's scientists and public health experts is not appropriate." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Sen. Carper Applauds EPA's Common Sense Approach to Addressing Carbon Pollution. 10 November 2010. "Today's announcement shows that the Administration is taking a common sense approach to regulating greenhouse gas pollution in this country. The Environmental Protection Agency is recommending states focus on the largest polluters and encourage energy efficiency to achieve early carbon pollution reductions. This approach will not only reduce harmful emissions, but will also save companies money in energy savings in the long run. This announcement compliments earlier initiatives by the Environmental Protection Agency that will require new large emitters of pollution to start reducing their carbon emissions next year, while simultaneously protecting farmers and small businesses that help drive Delaware's economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Senators Stand Up For Clean Air Act. 31 March 2011. "For the last forty years, the EPA has use the Clean Air Act to foster economic growth and protect Americans from life threatening air pollution. Since the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, the EPA has saved thousands of lives and saved billions of dollars in health care costs, while keeping electricity rates -- adjusted for inflation “ constant [¦] Clean Air Act benefits outweigh the costs by a margin of 30 to 1. Talk about a return on investment. It just doesn't get much better than that." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Clean Air Act. 31 March 2011. "Something is going on here. EPA is trying to figure out if there is some way we can gradually reduce the emission of greenhouse gases into our air and do so consistent with a strong economy and creating jobs, not destroying. I think we can do both. We have to be smart to figure that out and have a partnership with the executive branch, businesses and the legislative branch and be consistent with what the Supreme Court has ordered EPA to do." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S J Res 26. 112th Congress. Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule. Tom Carper voted Nay on 06/10/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Issue Position: Energy and the Environment. 20 June 2011. "I support America's Climate Security Act, landmark legislation that would cut greenhouse gas pollutants - such as carbon dioxide - that contribute to global warming. I also believe, however, that any comprehensive global warming bill should include limits on toxic emissions of mercury, nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide [¦] I have introduced legislation - the Clean Air Planning Act (CAPA) - which would take steps to drastically cut our emissions of these three harmful pollutants." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Sen. Carper Opposes Murkowski Proposal To Overturn EPA Global Warming Endangerment Finding. 21 January 2010. "Furthermore, if Congress does not like the tools the EPA has to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, then it is time for us to roll up our sleeves and pass meaningful climate change legislation this year. The EPA finalized its endangerment finding for six greenhouse gases [¦] Consequently, the EPA determined it must regulate these pollutants under the Clean Air Act. This finding only means the EPA can start regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act; it does not mean any entity will be regulated yet. The EPA is expected to finalize a rule to regulate mobile sources for greenhouse gases in March 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Carper. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Tom Carper voted Nay on 07/29/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S Amdt 1067. 111th Congress. Allowing Loaded Guns in National Parks. Tom Carper voted Nay on 05/12/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. 1 March 2004. "We have a situation in Delaware, as in about 30-some other States, where folks can go to a gun show-and people are not able to buy guns under Delaware law. But you can show up at a licensed dealer and they call in to the State Bureau of Investigation, and in a minute or two they will know whether you are eligible to buy a gun. That same person can go to a gun show in my State and if they deal with a licensed dealer, within a couple of minutes, they know whether the person may or may not buy a weapon. If not, they are told you cannot buy a weapon. Yet somebody can go as far from me as to the reporter right here, who is not a licensed dealer, and that same person who cannot purchase a gun in my State will purchase a gun. It happens in my State and in dozens of other States around America." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Delaware Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Tom Carper. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Delaware Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Tom Carper. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Delaware Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Tom Carper. S 1805. 108th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Tom Carper voted Nay on 03/02/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Tom Carper a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S AMDT 1626. 109th Congress. Child Safety Lock Amendment. Tom Carper voted Yea on 07/28/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S Amdt 4070. 110th Congress. Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership. Tom Carper voted Yea on 02/25/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S Amdt 1618. 111th Congress. Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines. Tom Carper voted Nay on 07/22/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S Amdt 4615. 110th Congress. Firearm Confiscation Prohibition Amendment. Tom Carper voted Yea on 07/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Panel II Of A Hearing Of The Senate Homeland Security And Governmental Affairs Committee. 25 March 2009. "Folks down in Mexico use a portion of that money to come back into the United States and buy weapons from us. And they send people that don't have a criminal record into the gun stores to buy a number of weapons legally. They simply pull into gun shows where they can buy weapons legally, and they can buy assault weapons legally now because the ban on that has dropped. I'm a guy who believes in the right to bear arms. But I also have concerns about the way this seems to be working to me." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Carper Votes to Close Gun Show Loophole, Extend Assault Weapons Ban. 14 September 2011. "I support the Second Amendment. I support the rights of law-abiding citizens to buy and own guns, but I also support common-sense efforts to keep handguns and automatic weapons out of the hands of criminals," said Carper about his support for closing the gun show loophole and extending the assault weapons ban" (www.carper.senate.gov)

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  • Tom Carper. S Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Repealing the Federal Health Care Law. Tom Carper voted Nay on 02/02/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Delaware Delegation Holds Affordable Care Act Roundtable for Local Health Care Providers. 15 April 2011. "The Affordable Care Act helps patients, particularly seniors, take charge of their health in various ways. It is our responsibility to ensure that Delawareans have accurate information readily available to them regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act. We also have a responsibility to find new ways to further improve and strengthen Delaware's health care system, including Medicare and Medicaid. Reaching out to Delaware's leading health care providers is just one of the many ways we continue our outreach and education efforts of the Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Finance Hearing Statement: "Health Reform: Lessons Learned During the First Year." 16 March 2011. "I welcome today's hearing on the lessons learned from the first year of implementing of our comprehensive health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, and specifically on the new law's programs to improve our health care system for all Americans, especially seniors. Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, I have traveled across the First State talking to my constituents about our new health care reform law. From Dover, to Wilmington, to Rehoboth, I often heard the same questions and concerns, particularly from seniors who fear that the new law will reduce their Medicare benefits. I hope this hearing will help to correct some of the myths about the law and highlight the increased benefits that Americans are already experiencing as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Many Delawareans, and most Americans, are unaware of many of the law's benefits that have already gone into effect." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Senator Carper Helps Vote Health Care Bill Out Of Senate Finance. 13 October 2009. "I believe that with the passage of this bill, we will begin to transform the health care system that costs more than any on earth, does not provide better outcomes, results in 14,000 people losing coverage every day, leaves over 40 million people without coverage, and puts American companies at an enormous competitive disadvantage with their business rivals around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Sen. Carper Marks One Year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. 23 March 2011. "For years now, the U.S. has been spending twice as much on health care as most other advanced nations while still failing to get better results and leaving millions of Americans without coverage. The Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law one year ago, represents significant progress in our effort to improve health care for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Sen. Carper on Senate Republicans' Vote to Repeal Affordable Care Act. 2 February 2011. "I'm disappointed that my Republican colleagues in the Senate attempted to roll back legislation that will protect consumers and provide Delawareans with better health care outcomes for less money. This is the wrong direction for the Republicans -- both in the House and the Senate -- to take. It would weaken our health care system, not make it better. The Affordable Care Act has already provided significant benefit [¦] Repealing the Affordable Care Act would also eliminate critical new tools that the government needs to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in the health care system." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tom Carper. Issue Position: Immigration. 20 June 2011. " I don't know how realistic it would be to deport 12 million people to their native lands in a timely fashion. Such an effort may actually have the unintended consequence of driving them deeper into the shadows and make a workable solution even harder to eventually implement." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Durbin, Reid, Menendez, 30 Others Introduce the DREAM Act. 11 May 2011. "This common sense legislation will help thousands of immigrant students who meet rigorous requirements to earn a path to legal status by contributing to our country through military service or by getting a college education. These students have excelled in U.S. schools and they deserve the opportunity to serve their communities by graduation from college and getting a job, or joining the U.S. military." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S 2611. 110th Congress. Immigration Reform Bill. Tom Carper voted Yea on 05/25/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S Amdt 3117. 110th Congress. Border Fence and Customs Appropriations. Tom Carper voted Yea on 10/03/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S Amdt 4231. 110th Congress. Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment. Tom Carper voted Yea on 03/13/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. S AMDT 4087. 110th Congress. Orange Card Program Amendment. Tom Carper voted Nay on 05/23/2006. (votesmart.org)

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  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Carper Statement on Senate Defeat of Gay Marriage Amendment. 7 June 2006. "I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. When I was governor of Delaware, I signed legislation defining marriage as between a man and a woman." (carper.senate.gov)
  • Tom Carper. Carper Statement on Gay Marriage Amendment. 14 July 2004. "When I was governor of Delaware, I signed a law that would define marriage as between a man and a woman. President Clinton also signed a federal law in 1996 that would prohibit states from having to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. As such, I believe we don't need to amend the Constitution at this time to ensure that Delaware's law is sustained. After today's divisive vote on gay marriage, it's my fervent hope that we turn to issues that can unite the country and the two political parties." (carper.senate.gov)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of the Family Research Council 25 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 67 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 20 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)

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  • Tom Carper. Sen. Carper Statement on the Anniversary of the Death of Osama bin Laden. 1 May 2012. "Today, we again honor their tremendous accomplishment, as well as the persistence and sacrifice from the members of the military and intelligence community who worked for over a decade to seek justice for Osama bin Laden's victims. That being said, this is not the end of our efforts to fight terrorism. We need to continue to remain eternally vigilant because we know all too well that there are still those around the world who would do us harm. We must not rest in our work and our progress to stop terrorism and ensure a safer America." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tom Carper. Carper Says Bush Budget Unrealistic. 8 February 2005. "I'm disappointed that President Bush has chosen to cut spending for transportation, education and health care in the name of deficit reduction, yet he continues to call for spending trillions of dollars to privatize Social Security and pass more tax cuts. The president's budget simply doesn't reflect the values of our country, and it would do more harm than good if enacted." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Carper Urges Creation of Bipartisan Commission on Social Security. 14 February 2005. "I believe it is morally irresponsible to pay for the creation of private accounts by cutting Social Security benefits for poor or even middle-class retirees who are living on fixed incomes. I also believe it is fiscally irresponsible to pay for private accounts by adding trillions of dollars to the already obscene amounts of debt that we are piling on the backs of our children and grandchildren." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Carper. Issue Postion: Social Security. 20 June 2011. "President Bush has indicated that he wants to privatize Social Security. Let me say clearly, I oppose what I've seen of the president's plan because it would increase our national debt and result in benefit cuts for our seniors. We can do better than this and I will make every effort to minimize the negative impacts of any proposed legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Tom Carper supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 80 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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Delaware Gubernatorial Election 1996 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.

1) Please answer the following questions.

a) Explain your two main priorities if elected Governor.

a) If forced to pick two main priorities, they would be to improve Delaware's education system so that it graduates high-achieving students who can enjoy prosperity in the high-technology economy of the 21st Century, and to ensure that Delaware remains an economically vibrant state which provides its citizens with access to high-quality jobs, safe communities with low crime rates, and a clean, attractive environment.

b) Should your priorities require additional government funding, please explain how you intend to obtain this additional funding.

b) In my first term, we have made much needed investments in education, health care, police and corrections, and infrastructure by growing our economy and producing increased revenues and by undertaking efficiency measures to control costs.

2) Indicate the importance of the following issues both to your state and to your administration if elected Governor.

Somewhat Importanta) Abortion
Somewhat Importantb) Affirmative Action
Not Importantc) Balanced Budget Amendment
Somewhat Importantd) Campaign Finance Reform
Very Importante) Crime
Very Importantf) Economic Development
Very Importantg) Education
Very Importanth) Environment
Very Importanti) Family and Child Issues
Very Importantj) Gun Issues
Very Importantk) Health Care
Very Importantl) Illegal Drugs
Very Importantm) Moral and Ethical Decline
Very Importantn) Poverty and Homelessness
Very Importanto) Taxes
Not Importantp) Term Limits
Very Importantq) Welfare

Indicate which principles you support concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
Xb) Abortions should be legal in all circumstances when the procedure is completed within the first trimester of the pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xe) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements as decided by each state government.
f) Abortions should always be illegal.
g) Other

1) Indicate which principles your positions concerning affirmative action programs.

a) The state government should consider preferences to minority-owned businesses in granting government contracts.
b) The state government should consider preferences to minority students applying for college admission.
Xc) The state government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
Xd) The state government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
Xe) The state government should provide affirmative action programs as long as such programs do not include quotas.
f) The state government should provide no affirmative action programs.
g) Other
Undecided2) Do you believe that sexual orientation should be included in any non-discrimination laws and programs that are provided by your state?
YesDo you support amending the US Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?

1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of state funding for the following categories.

Maintain Statusa) AIDS Programs
Maintain Statusb) Arts Funding
Slightly Increasec) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusd) Environmental Programs
Maintain Statuse) Higher Education
Maintain Statusf) Housing Projects
Maintain Statusg) Job Training Programs
Slightly Increaseh) Law Enforcement
Maintain Statusi) Medicaid
Slightly Increasej) Student Loan Programs
Slightly Increasek) Transportation
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare (AFDC)
m) Other
n) Other
o) Other

2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas?

Yesa) Agriculture
Yesb) Education
Noc) Environment
Nod) Farm subsidies
Noe) Food stamps
Yesf) Housing
Nog) Law enforcement
Noh) Medicaid
Noi) School lunches
Noj) Welfare
k) Other

Indicate which principles you support regarding campaign finance reform.

a) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for state office.
b) Provide public subsidizing of political campaigns.
c) Require legislation that would increase the limits on individual contributions.
Xd) Pass legislation that would encourage complete disclosure of campaign finance information.
e) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
f) Other

Indicate which principles you support to address crime.

Xa) Broaden use of the death penalty for serious crimes.
Xb) Increase spending to build more state prisons.
Xc) Require "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Require the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for adult first-time felons.
Xe) Limit the number of appeals allowed to inmates on death row.
Xf) Implement and encourage drug and alcohol treatment centers and other alternative, community-based options for non-violent convicts.
Xg) Expand funding for community policing programs.
Xh) Increase funding for hiring of police officers.
Xi) Prosecute youths, accused of murder, as adults.
Xj) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
k) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
l) Require mandatory life sentences for third-time violent felons.
m) Other

Indicate which principles you support regarding economic development.

Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into the state.
b) Increase state funding for job-training programs.
Xc) Increase state funding for public works projects such as the repair of roads, bridges and telecommunications.
Xd) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xe) Establish enterprise zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed.
Xf) Overhaul the current unemployment system by focusing on training and education in skills needed for certain industries.
g) Eliminate any government programs designed to promote the state economy.
Xh) Reform the current workers' compensation insurance system.
i) Other

1) Indicate which principles you support concerning education.

Xa) Maintain the national standards and goals set forth in "Goals 2000".
b) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
c) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private, religious or technical.
Xd) Implement charter schools where teachers and professionals receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Require allowing voluntary prayer or a moment of silence in public schools.
Xf) Increase funding for student loan programs available for college students.
g) Increase funding for programs designed to reduce class sizes for elementary and secondary schools.
h) Support a pay raise for public school teachers.
Xi) Other

I strongly supported the enactment of public school choice.

2) In the space provided, describe your proposals to reform the funding of public schools.

I have taken steps and will continue to take steps to simplify Delaware's unit funding system to provide local districts with more flexibility to deploy resources in ways they believe will improve academic outcomes.

Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding your state's environment and natural resources.

a) Transfer public lands, such as federal forests and range lands, to the jurisdiction of state and local governments.
b) Require the state to reimburse citizens when environmental regulations limit use of privately-owned lands.
Xc) Increase state funding to expand recreational spaces such as parks, forests and other open spaces.
d) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
e) Utilize cost-benefit analysis to determine economic impacts of proposed environmental protection and cleanup legislation.
Xf) Encourage development of alternative fuels and electric cars to reduce pollution.
g) Phase in a prohibition of pollution-causing products such as gas-powered automobiles.
Xh) Increase state taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
Xi) Require that a percentage of purchases made by state agencies include recycled components.
Xj) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution.
k) Other

Indicate which principles you support concerning family and children issues.

Xa) Increase funding for programs designed to reduce teen pregnancy.
Xb) Implement programs designed to decrease availability of cigarettes to children.
Xc) Increase funding for programs that enforce and collect delinquent child support payments.
Xd) Revoke state licenses and permits of parents that are delinquent in paying child support.
e) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
f) Other

Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services.

Federala) Civil rights enforcement
Localb) Education
Statec) Environmental cleanup
Stated) Job training
Locale) Law enforcement
Federalf) Low-income housing
Stateg) Medicaid
Federalh) Medicare
Statei) Welfare (AFDC)
j) Other

Indicate which principles you support concerning gun issues.

a) Expand the nationwide ban on the public sale of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
Xb) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xc) Maintain all registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms.
d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms.
e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally obtained firearms.
f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered.
g) Other

Indicate which principles you support regarding your state's health care system.

a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all state residents regardless of income.
b) Provide vouchers to the working poor so they can buy into a private health care plan.
Xc) Support a "managed competition" health care plan to contain costs and improve access that does not include mandated health alliances, government cost control powers, or employer/employee mandates.
Xd) Support community health purchasing alliances.
Xe) Promote programs that assist in child immunizations.
Xf) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Encourage tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
h) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of government.
Xi) Insure health insurance portability for workers who change jobs.
Xj) Expand Medicaid to provide health care to uninsured working individuals.
k) Other

Indicate which principles you support concerning illegal drugs.

a) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Require mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs near schools.
Xc) Require capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Xd) Require drug testing for state employees in sensitive positions (mass transit, state police, etc.).
Xe) Increase funding of drug education and drug treatment programs.
f) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such as marijuana.
g) Other
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. Explain what you will do Governor to address this concern.

The moral and ethical decline of America is too important to address in 50 words. This complex issue deserves more than a sound-bite response. I have tried to set a personal example by volunteering in my community, acting as a mentor to at-risk children and setting high ethical standards for my appointees.

Indicate which principles you support regarding the poor and homeless.

a) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
b) Increase state funding of homeless shelters and low-income housing projects.
Xc) Increase state funding of programs that help alcoholics and drug addicts recover and find steady work.
Xd) Increase the minimum wage.
e) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
f) Provide government jobs for those who wish to work and cannot find a job in the private sector.
g) Increase the income tax deduction on individual contributions made to charities that help the poor and homeless.
Xh) Implement enterprise zones in communities with high unemployment.
i) Other

Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories.

1) Income Taxes

Slightly Decreasea) Retiree earning over $40,000
Slightly Decreaseb) Family earning less than $25,000
Slightly Decreasec) Family earning $25-75,000
Slightly Decreased) Family earning $75-150,000
Slightly Decreasee) Family earning over $150,000

2) Other Tax Issues

Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Charitable deduction
Greatly Increased) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Corporate income taxes
Maintain Statusf) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusg) Estate taxes
Maintain Statush) Mortgage deduction
Maintain Statusi) Property tax
Maintain Statusj) Sales tax
k) Other
YesAre you in favor of a limit on the number of terms which the Governor may serve?

Indicate which principles you support regarding the United States welfare system.

Xa) Require a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Xb) Require welfare recipients to accept some form of government-sponsored job after two years if unemployed in the private sector.
Xc) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive welfare benefits.
Xd) Limit the welfare benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while receiving welfare benefits.
Xe) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
f) Increase funding of programs that help homeless people find shelter and employment.
Xg) Provide incentives for employers to hire and train welfare recipients.
Xh) Require mothers to identify their child(ren)'s father in order to receive welfare benefits.
i) Make no substantial changes at this time.
j) Other