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Mark S. Pafford

Mark Pafford's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Mark S. Pafford
Office: State House (FL) - District 86, Democratic
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State House - District 86
Primary Aug. 26, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Tracy; 2 Children: Audrey, Brendan
Birth Date: 04/11/1966
Birth Place: Dade County, FL
Home City: West Palm Beach, FL
Religion: Jewish
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Florida State Legislative Election 2010 Political Courage 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.

Pro-choicea) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) 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?
Noe) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Nof) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesg) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Noh) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles

A: Selecting "pro-choice", above, should not infer that one is "anti-life". The question(s) should be:

"Do you consider yourself pro-choice or anti-choice?" or "Do you consider yourself pro-life or anti-life?"

Further, the current question assumes, I presume, that life starts at conception? Re-write the question in 2012!

I voted against HB 1143 during the 2010 Legislative Session in Florida. Among other things, it required a woman to pay for and receive an ultrasound prior to the prcedure.

1) State Spending
Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Greatly Increasea) Education (higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increasec) Environment
Greatly Increased) Health care
e) Law enforcement
f) Transportation and highway infrastructure
g) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

E: Funding should be connected te level of need and ability to properly pay law enforcement personnel for the difficult job they perform.

F: I support Increased funding for mass transportation rather than more roads.

G: "Welfare" is too broard a category. I support assisting those Floridians who are vulnerable including but not limited to children, elders and people and families caring for people living with special needs.

2) State Taxes
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.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statuse) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Former Governor Jeb Bush removed the intangibles tax. That has cost the State of Florida $1.5 billion per year for more than a decade. Modernizing Florida's tax structure must be a discussion in Tallahassee for the 19 million residents living in Florida. Florida's tax system is regressive and hits common folk and small business owners much harder then their very wealthy counterparts.

3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Florida's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Florida's "rainy day" fund
b) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Noc) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Nod) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Noe) Reducing pension benefits for state employees
Nof) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Nog) Privatizing certain government services
h) Other or expanded principles

B: Early release on offenders can be very complex and potentially a risk to the public. If proper precautions are taken regarding release, including ankle bracelets - as an example, re-entry can be a success. Florida must invest in re-entry programs to achieve this goal.

Noa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Florida governors?
Nob) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Florida state legislators?
c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Party
Yesd) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
f) Other or expanded principles
Noa) 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?
Yesc) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
e) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges for a first offense?
Yesf) Should red light cameras be used to detect traffic violations?
g) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
h) Other or expanded principles

D: Too many factors and the question does not provide enough detail.

E: Not enough information. Should the assumption be the photos are of the minor sending the photos?

G: I do not support the Arizona Immigration Law

Noa) Should Florida repeal its ban on public funding of religious institutions?
b) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Yesd) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yese) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yesf) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Yesg) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
h) Other or expanded principles

B: Question does not povide enough detail on the type of regulations and how it might impact the private sector.

a) Do you support national education standards?
b) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Noc) Should students be permitted to lead prayers at noncompulsory public school events?
Nod) Do you support ending the practice of tenure for Florida public school teachers?
e) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
f) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesg) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
h) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Florida high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
i) Other or expanded principles

A, B, E, F, H: Education reform should take place in Florida. The state has routinely failed to adequately fund education - as is prescribed specifically by the Florida Constitution. Once funding of public education is funded, properly, these issues are worth discussing. Unfortunately, funding remains a serious issue in Florida as can plainly be understood by the federal waiver required for Florida's use of federal stimulus dollars in its 2010 budget. For the record, I voted against SB 6 during the 2010 Florida Legislative Session as it would have further eroded education in Florida.

Yesa) 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 providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for improvements to Florida's energy infrastructure?
Yese) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yesf) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Nob) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
d) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Noe) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesf) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Florida?
Yesg) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should Florida allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yese) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Yesf) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Florida's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesg) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Florida's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

As a member of the Legislature's Minority, my role is to stand up for the millions of people without a voice, without hope for quality of life and who are vulnerable of losing the dignity life should provide. My job is to stand as a conscience to the laws that are passed and the budgets that are passed in the backs of the hard working masses. My job is to speak the truth when the truth is shunned by the Majority.

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