Representative Joyce Beatty's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Joyce Beatty
Current Office: U.S. House - District 3, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 3
Primary May 6, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Otto; 2 Stepchildren: Otto III, Laurel
Birth Date: 03/12/1950
Birth Place: Dayton, OH
Home City: Columbus, OH
Religion: Baptist
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Joyce Beatty refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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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  • Joyce Beatty. Twitter: JoyceBeatty. 24 May 2012. "Great day in Chicago @emilyslist regional meeting with hundreds of pro-choice supporters. #newvoice" (twitter.com)
  • Joyce Beatty. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Susan Page. 'Roe v. Wade': The divided states of America. 16 April 2006. "House Democratic leader Joyce Beatty, 56, a small-business owner from Columbus who has been a chief statehouse defender of abortion rights, says flatly: 'If we voted on this tomorrow in this House, I would lose.' She estimates that one-third of her fellow Democrats join nearly all Republican legislators in opposing abortion." (www.religiousconsultation.org)
  • Blade Columbus Bureau. Ohio House passes bill to limit use of state funds for abortion. 8 December 2006. "House Minority Leader Joyce Beatty (D., Columbus), however, disputed the suggestion that yesterday's measure is a 'common-sense bill.' She said the policy cuts off funding to clinics and organizations that also provide counseling and treatment for breast cancer and sexually transmitted diseases. She also criticized a provision requiring those seeking taxpayer-funded abortions under the rape and incest exemptions to file police reports, something she said many victims are afraid or ashamed to do." (www.toledoblade.com)

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  • Joyce Beatty. The Columbus Dispatch: 2012 U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. Responded "I believe it was President Eisenhower who once said " that each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs. Iraq and Afghanistan were large nation-building efforts requiring thousands of troops from the Army and Marine Corps, etc., so if the emphasis on the future will is to partner or advise foreign militaries in order to counter threats I would lean toward cuts" to the question: "Do you support the Obama administration's plans for defense cuts? If not, how would you pay for averting them?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)

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  • Joyce Beatty. The Columbus Dispatch: 2012 U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. Responded "Congress needs to look at ending targeted portions of the Bush tax cuts that won't hurt middle class working families" to the question: How would you reduce or eliminate the federal deficit? Are you willing to end the Bush tax cuts, or significantly reduce spending on entitlements such as Social Security or Medicare?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)

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  • Ohio Department of Development Press Room. Lieutenant Governor Fisher Announces Historic Preservation Tax Credit Award. 16 October 2008. "The Historic Preservation Tax Credit awards are part of the $1.57 billion bipartisan Job Stimulus Plan, which aims to create new jobs while laying the foundation for future economic prosperity. In the Job Stimulus Plan $120 million was set aside for Historic Preservation Tax Credits. [¦] 'This is just one of the many targeted investments we fought for to jumpstart Ohio's economy during the national slowdown. These tax credits will help develop and preserve areas that may have otherwise been forgotten as key assets in our economic turnaround. Building up our infrastructure is critical to positioning Ohio for long-term prosperity, and this is a great way to show that commitment.'" (www.development.ohio.gov)

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  • Joyce Beatty. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio State Legislative Election National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses; a) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees."
  • Joyce Beatty. The Columbus Dispatch: 2012 U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. Responded "The federal government needs to provide incentives for businesses to add jobs, continue to provide benefits to jobless workers, and funds for entrepreneurs and small business owners. By providing small businesses and large employers incentives, it will allow them to flourish. Businesses payroll taxes need to be reduced in order to give businesses the ability to hire workers. Small businesses and large employers need to be given tax credits to make investments in job training, equipment, and innovation" to the question: "What are the three best things the federal government can do to improve the economy and promote the creation of good jobs?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joyce Beatty. The Issues: Education. 13 September 2012. "The federal government has a relatively limited role in K-12 education; however, Joyce Beatty will advocate for the federal government to continue to ensure that it provides resources to help put quality teachers stay in the classroom, tackles classroom size, and provides a quality education for all students [¦] When President Obama announced The Race to the Top Fund, a competitive federal grant program that rewards states for raising student achievement, Joyce Beatty wasted no time in advocating for funding from her role at The Ohio State University and because of her efforts Ohio received $400 million in Race to the Top Funds." (beattyforcongress.com)
  • Joyce Beatty. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio State Legislative Election National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Support national standards and testing of public school students."

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  • Joyce Beatty. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio State Legislative Election National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations."

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  • Joyce Beatty. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Joyce Beatty. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Joyce Beatty. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Joyce Beatty. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio State Legislative Election National Political Awareness Test. Selected YES for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns; h) Require a license for gun possession."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joyce Beatty. The Columbus Dispatch: 2012 U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. Responded "I support President Obama's healthcare law because it restricts insurance companies from dropping individuals' coverage due to pre-existing conditions, expands and requires preventive care, and increases the age limit on dependent coverage. Healthcare is a fundamental right, not a privilege" to the question: "Do you support President Obama's health-care law, or should it be repealed? If you favor repeal, do you have a plan to cover the more than 40 million people who would then lack health insurance?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Joyce Beatty. AHA Letter to House Oppose HCR Repeal Final. 7 January 2011. "On behalf of the American Heart Association (AHA), we respectfully oppose H.R. 2, legislation to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. At the same time, please know that we are committed to working with Congress and the Administration to preserve essential prevention and patient protection provisions, strengthen the quality and value of cardiovascular care in our nation, and address any unintended consequences that arise for consumers as a result of health care reform." www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/.../ucm_432304.pdf.
  • Joyce Beatty. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio State Legislative Election National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary."

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Doug Caruso. The Columbus Dispatch: 2 local Democrats lead push for gay marriage. 15 February 2012. "Two prominent local Democrats signed on yesterday to lead a statewide effort to give gay people the right to marry. [¦] Those who signed include three of the four Democrats running in the March primary for the newly drawn 3rd Congressional District, which covers most of Columbus. Former state Rep. Joyce Beatty, state Rep. Ted Celeste and former U.S. Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy all signed up." (www.dispatch.com)
  • Joyce Beatty. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio State Legislative Election National Political Awareness Test. Selected UNDECIDED for: "l) Should Ohio restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?"
  • Joyce Beatty. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio State Legislative Election National Political Awareness Test. Selected YES for: "k) Should Ohio recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?"
  • Joyce Beatty signed Ohio Leaders in Support of Marriage Equality. ""As elected officials in Ohio, we proudly stand together in support of the freedom of same-sex couples to marry. We personally know many gay and lesbian people living in Ohio who are in committed, loving relationships. They are active participants in the civic life of our communities, and deserve to be able to marry the person with whom they share their life." (columbusequality.com)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Clemont County Democratic Party: Cassell Resolution Opposes Social Security Private Accounts. 29 March 2005. "Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Columbus) joined the representative from Lake County in speaking out against Bush's plan to privatize a portion of social security savings. 'Bush's plan robs Americans who are assured income upon retirement and goes against the very principles of which it is founded.'" (www.clermontdems.org)

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Ohio State Legislative Election 2000 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 illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when pregnancy results from incest, rape or the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
Xg) Support "buffer zones" at abortion clinics by requiring demonstrators to remain a certain distance from doorways and driveways.
h) Prohibit public funding for abortions and organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
i) Other

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.

Slightly Increase Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusc) Environment
Greatly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Maintain Funding Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusg) Welfare
h) Other

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Estate taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreasei) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreasek) Vehicle taxes
l) Other
Nom) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Non) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yeso) Would you support returning any operating surplus to Ohio taxpayers?
Yesp) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
Noq) Do you support amending the Ohio Constitution to prohibit cities and villages from imposing income taxes on people who work in one town and live in another?
r) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
d) Support the use of the death penalty in Ohio.
Xe) Support a moratorium on the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xh) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xj) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
k) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
l) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
Xm) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
Xn) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xo) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xp) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
q) Lower the minimum age for sending convicted juvenile offenders to the Department of Youth Services.
r) Other

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

Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
d) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xf) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
i) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xj) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
k) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xl) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xm) Support a moratorium on student proficiency testing.
Xn) Amend the Ohio Constitution to make the State Board of Education an elected board.
Xo) Reduce the reliance on local property taxes to fund schools by increasing state taxes.
Xp) Reduce the reliance on local property taxes to fund schools by using existing state funds.
q) Eliminate unfunded state mandates on public schools.
r) Fund all existing state mandates on public schools.
s) Require students to pass the fourth-grade reading test before being promoted.
t) Other

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.

Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Other

Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?

Yesa) College and university admissions
Yesb) Public employment
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
c) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Support funding for recycling programs in Ohio.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in un-funded, federally-mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Provide funds for farmland preservation.
Xi) Increase funds for protecting open space.
Xj) Increase funds for cleaning up abandoned industrial sites.
k) Establish growth boundaries around urban areas.
l) Other
m) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?

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

Yesa) Do you support the current limit on terms for Ohio Governors?
Nob) Do you support the current limit on terms for Ohio State Senators and Representatives?

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

Yesa) Individual
Yesb) PAC
Yesc) Corporate
Yesd) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Undecidedg) Do you support voting on-line?
h) Do you support on-line voter registration?
i) Do you support placing limits on the amount of money that can be collected in state civil lawsuits?
j) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
Xh) Require a license for gun possession.
Xi) Require the safe storage of guns.
Xj) Require gun dealers to offer trigger locks to anyone who purchases a gun.
Xk) Provide funds for gun-safety training in public schools.
l) Other

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

Xa) 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.
c) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xd) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xf) Support a patient's right to sue his or her HMO.
Xg) Support a patient's right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
h) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
i) Other

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

Xa) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xb) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xd) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
Xe) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xf) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.
Xg) Support Ohio joining a multi-state lottery.
h) Other
Undecidedi) Should physician assisted suicide be legally available in Ohio?
Yesj) Should Ohio include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?
Yesk) Should Ohio recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Undecidedl) Should Ohio restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?

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

a) Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) 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.
Xg) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xk) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
l) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

My active legislative platform will be:
Increase healthcare awareness, education and prevention
-Funding may include utilizing Tobacco Dollars for prescription assistance, minority health initiatives and children's healthcare needs.
Work toward developing adequate educational funding and implementation of reformation of the Fourth Grade Proficiency Test
-Coordinate school curricula with the proficiency test
-Efffective ways to assist in adequately funding Ohio public schools may include state funding, tobacco settlement, and possibly tax increases other than property.