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Sylvia Allen's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State Senate (AZ) - District 6, Republican President Pro Tempore
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Sylvia Allen has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2014 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Arizona State Legislative Election 2014 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yesb) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
Noc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesf) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesg) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
Yesh) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:
1) State Spending:
Using the key, indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Education (higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Maintain Statusf) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

The answer to all of these budget questions depend on what level state revenues are coming in. If an increase then I would be willing to spend more on each subject but if steady from last year revenues then maintain status.

2) State Taxes:
Using the key, indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gas/Oil taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded principles:

You can't just give a broad answer to these questions. Some taxes I would decrease like personal property on businesses. I would like to decrease property taxes and replace with an increase of consumer taxes. Income taxes should be reformed with the same percentage rate for all.
Question a. We need a way to fund more addiction programs.

3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Arizona's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Arizona's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yesc) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
Nod) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Noe) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Nof) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
g) Other or expanded principles:

Again, you can't answer these question so simply. If we have a true emergency then yes I would use the "rainy day" fund. I think we balance the budget by only spending what we take in. No need to cut salaries or layoffs unless there is real deficit then those measures would be necessary.

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
No1) Individual
No2) Political Action Committee
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
Yesb) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nod) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
Yese) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Other or expanded principles:

I believe that the courts have ruled on contributions as a form of free speech. I think the key is complete disclosure of who is donating to any committee. I think we need to require all political committees even third party committees to report who is donating. Then the public can decide if they have a problem with who is supporting that candidate.

Yesa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Noc) Do you support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
Nod) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Yese) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yesf) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles:

On question # d I would support a minor being prosecuted as an adult for a violent crime if over the age of 13.
On question # e I would only want a misdemeanor charge just to impress on them how important it is not to send this kind of photo.

Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Noc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Nod) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Noe) Do you support government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Nog) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Question #d, it would depend on the incentive and if it was for everyone and not just targeting one type of business.
Question #e this is a very bad way to try and prop up the economy it is only recycles dollars and it suppresses the economy in the end.
Question #g the free market should determine wages not government. If government forces increase then prices go up what did you gain? Better to get more education and apply for a better job.

Noa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yesb) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
Noc) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
Yesd) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
Yese) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesf) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nog) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Arizona high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Question #b & c I believe that the majority of our teachers are doing a wonderful job and should get bonus reflecting that, but how long you have been there does not necessarily mean you are an effective teacher.
Question #e Charter Schools are public schools.
Question #g We have got to secure the border first then we can work to solve the problems that have been created such as this one with the children not be eligible for in-state tuition. But first secure the border.

Noa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nob) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for improvements to Arizona's energy infrastructure?
Nod) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Noe) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
f) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Nod) Do you support Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act?
Noe) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yesf) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nog) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yesb) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Noc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Arizona's anti-discrimination laws?
Nod) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Arizona's anti-discrimination laws?
Noe) Do you support repealing SB 1070?
f) Other or expanded principles:
In the following area, on an attached page, or via e-mail, please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

1. Increase revenues through job and business support. That means working on excessive regulations that impact small businesses and be sure that all taxes are fair and equal.
2. Reform K-12 education funding. Make it simple and allow local school boards to have a real say in where monies are spent. If we can increase spending to education it must get to the classroom.
3. Encourage the state to get involved with forestry issues to encourage thinning to stop catastrophic fires and increase water sheds.

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