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Tom Casperson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State Senate (MI) - District 38, Republican
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Tom Casperson has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Tom Casperson is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.B.1156 “Prohibits Actions that Coerce a Woman to Get an Abortion” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50803#.V3aPv3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “Strongly pro-lifepro-family & pro-traditional marriage.” http://tomcasperson.com/issues (tomcasperson.com)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan http://votesmart.org/candidate/38110/tom-casperson#.V1W0fLorIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “We pay enough in federal taxes. Not one penny more.” http://tomcasperson.com/issues (tomcasperson.com)
  • Voted for H.B.4361 “Income Tax Amendments” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/35094#.V3aPEHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “I am proud to have signed the American’s for Tax Reform pledge that if elected to CongressI will oppose raising taxes on the American people.” http://tomcasperson.com/ (tomcasperson.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Tom has a plan to cut Washington down to sizeto truly shrink the size of government. *A 10% reduction in the federal civilian workforce through attrition. If someone quits or retireswe won't replace them. *A 20% reduction in federal office space. Let's empty the buildings and sell them to pay down our staggering national debt. *A 30% reduction in federal land. Turn it over to state governmentsor sell it to the private sector and get it back on the tax rolls.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1072314/issue-position-issues#.V3aNB3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “It’s time to stop spending money we don’t have.” http://tomcasperson.com/issues (tomcasperson.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Thanks @pjcolbeck for leading the charge to finally repeal Common Core in our schools. You have my support.” https://twitter.com/TeamCasperson (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted for S.B.34 “Amends Concealed Carry Licensing Procedures” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53267#.V3aRAnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “Strong supporter of Second Amendment rights.” http://tomcasperson.com/issues (tomcasperson.com)
  • Rated 100% by Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners http://votesmart.org/candidate/38110/tom-casperson#.V1W0fLorIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Obamacare has got to go.” http://tomcasperson.com/issues (tomcasperson.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Strongly pro-lifepro-family & pro-traditional marriage.” http://tomcasperson.com/issues (tomcasperson.com)
  • “President Obama announced a “decree” forcing all public schools in the country to allow anyone identifying as transgender to use whichever bathrooms they please. This is yet another example of the Obama administration abusing its power and shoving its liberal agenda down our throats. The people of Northern Michigan know what’s best for their kidsnot President Obama. Togetherwe must stand up and fight Washington to defend traditional valuesparental rightsand local autonomy in our schools and beyond.” https://www.facebook.com/tom.casperson.5/posts/1210756372297928 (www.facebook.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “We stand with Belgium& must defeat radical Islamic terrorism.” https://twitter.com/TeamCasperson (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

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Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Michigan State Legislative Election 2006 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) regarding abortion.
Xa) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xg) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
Slightly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Emergency preparedness
Slightly Decreased) Environment
Slightly Increasee) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statush) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Property taxes
Slightly Increaseh) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreasei) Vehicle taxes
j) Other or expanded categories
Yesk) Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Yesl) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
Nom) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
Yesn) Do you support repealing Michigan’s Single Business Tax (SBT)?
o) If answering yes above, please explain your plan for replacing funding provided by the SBT. Please use forty (40) words or less.

I have no specific answer yet, still waiting to see what comes out of tax policy. Although I am pursuing the idea of restructuring state sales tax.

p) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Undecideda) Do you support the current limit of terms for Michigan governors?
Nob) Do you support the current limit of terms for Michigan state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) 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?
Yesf) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Nog) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Michigan are closed?
Noh) Should Michigan recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
i) Other or expanded principles

Would like to see system in place where there is full disclosure in all political monies.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Implement the death penalty in Michigan.
c) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
f) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xg) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Require that crimes based on race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation be prosecuted as hate crimes.
j) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xk) Strengthen sex-offender laws.
Xl) Support the restriction of the sale of products used to make methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing pseudophedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine).
Xm) Repeal Michigan’s mandatory motorcycle helmet law for certified riders age 21 and older.
Xn) Require that United States citizenship status be indicated on Michigan driver licenses.
o) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
e) Increase funds for hiring additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
Xg) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
k) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
Xm) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in Michigan's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Increase the state minimum wage.
h) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
Noa) Public employment
Nob) State college and university admissions
Noc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
Xc) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xd) Increase funding for improvements to Michigan's power generating and transmission facilities.
e) Support funding for open space preservation.
f) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xb) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xd) Support allowing citizens to carry concealed guns.
e) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
f) Require a license for gun possession.
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer current Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
e) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Michigan.
g) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xb) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
c) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
d) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
e) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
Xf) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
h) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 75 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.
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