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John Faso's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 19, Republican, Conservative, Independence, Reform
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John Faso has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? 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 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 need to cut taxes, simplify the tax code and remove unproductive provisions which are no longer necessary or have outlived their usefulness." https://johnfaso.com/new-york-future/jobs-and-growth-for-upstate/ (johnfaso.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

  • "DC spending is out of control. Foreign interests continue to buy up US debt, putting us on a very bad path..." https://twitter.com/JohnFasoNy/status/701868440726843393 (twitter.com)
  • "To control future spending growth, costly programs should be examined for effectiveness, and lawmakers should be obligated to pass spending bills in a more open and transparent manner." https://johnfaso.com/new-york-future/rein-in-washington/ (johnfaso.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "ICYMI: My plan to cut your property taxes by eliminating the local Medicaid Mandate continues to gain support. #ny19" https://twitter.com/JohnFasoNy/status/720626863228502016 (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? 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 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 government 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

  • "I’ll oppose and fight against Washington overreach and liberal efforts to trample on our freedoms, from trying to take away legally purchased firearms from law-abiding citizens to their push for a national registry." https://johnfaso.com/new-york-future/defending-your-rights/ (johnfaso.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • As an avid supporter of the Second Amendment — with a lifetime "A" rating from the NRA — I opposed the law which not only restricted a police officer’s ownership of a firearm, but also hindered Heller’s use of his gun for home protection by requiring it to be disassembled." https://johnfaso.com/new-york-future/defending-your-rights/ (johnfaso.com)
  • "We must end #Obamacare. Six years of this broken policy is enough. It’s time for *real* healthcare reform. #NY19" https://twitter.com/JohnFasoNy/status/712338093299249154 (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present 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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? 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 National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Obama Admin’s wait & see foreign policy strategy hasn't kept us safe. Need a strong approach to address threats." https://twitter.com/JohnFasoNy/status/700366468483919872 (twitter.com)
  • "In order to respond to security threats abroad we must reinforce our diplomatic presence around the globe. Our presence must be known and felt in unstable regions. In addition, we should have the resources necessary at our consulates to review the growing numbers of non-immigrant visa applications." https://johnfaso.com/new-york-future/national-security/ (johnfaso.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.

Key

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

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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.

New York Gubernatorial 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.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) 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

I am pro-life but recognize that the laws in New York will not change to restrict a woman's right to an abortion. I will fight for parental notification, banning late-term abortions and ending public funding of abortions.

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
Maintain Statusa) Education (Higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Emergency preparedness
Maintain Statusd) Environment
Slightly Decreasee) Health care
Maintain Statusf) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statush) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories

Overall, next year's budget will not spend a penny more compared to this year.

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Maintain Statush) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusi) Vehicle taxes
j) Other or expanded categories

Greatly decrease Cap school property taxes; double STAR exemptions

k) Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Nol) 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) Should the New York Legislature list discretionary spending item by item in the budget?
o) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support limiting the number of terms for New York governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for New York state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to gubernatorial candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) 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 New York are closed?
Yesh) Should New York recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
i) Describe what you believe must be done to complete rebuilding efforts near Ground Zero in New York City. Please use forty (40) words or less.

There have been recent important developments to ensure that Ground Zero is rebuilt in a timely fashion. As Governor, I will ensure these agreements are completed on time and on budget

j) Other or expanded principles

I support term limits for legislative leaders - not rank and file legislators.

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) Support the death penalty in New York.
Xc) 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.
e) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xf) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xg) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xh) Require that crimes based on race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation be prosecuted as hate crimes.
i) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xj) Eliminate the statute of limitations for criminal sex cases.
k) Eliminate the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits seeking damages in sex cases.
Xl) Support the restriction of the sale of products used to make methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing pseudophedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine).
m) Other or expanded principles

I also support civil confinement of sexually violent predators after criminal sentence is served if the person is deemed likely to commit similar crimes in the future.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
e) Increase funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
g) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xl) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles

As the origional sponsor of charter schools legislation in New York, I very much support competition and choice in public education School choice should not be just for the affluent.

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.
Xf) Support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New York's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Increase the state minimum wage.
h) Other or expanded principles

Workers compensation reform and contractor liability reform are essential to increasing employment in our State and stem the exodu of people and jobs.

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 New York's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xe) Support funding for open space preservation.
f) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
g) Other or expanded principles

Maintain existing park lands, camp sites and facilities for present and future generations of New Yorkers.

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.
b) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Allow 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

New York already has the most stringent gun laws. I support rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms. I support mandatory 10 year sentences for those who commit crimes using firearms.

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.
Xb) 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.
Xe) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in New York.
g) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Other or expanded principles

We need to establish health courts to remove malpractice cases from the civil liability system; reform the insurance laws to allow New Yorkers to take advantage of tax-advantaged health savings accounts.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
b) 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.
Xe) 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.

My fundamental mission as Governor will be to improve New York's economic climate and transform our State from a place from which people flee to a place to which families and businesses want to stay. If elected Governor, my agenda will include across-the-board business, property and personal income tax cuts. I will also limit state mandates on businesses and implement necessary reforms to lower workers compensation, energy and health insurance costs. New Year's budget will not spend a penny more compared to this year.

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