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Brian Rumpf's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State Assembly (NJ) - District 9, Republican Minority Policy Co-Chair
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Brian Rumpf has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2013 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Brian Rumpf is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

New Jersey State Legislative Election 2011 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-lifea) Do you support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Nob) Should abortion be legal after 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?
Yese) Should parental notification be required before an abortion is performed on a minor?
f) Should parental consent be required 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

Would not support legislation to change New Jersey State law unless accompanied by a referendum.

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.
Slightly Increasea) Education (higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Environment
Greatly Increased) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusf) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
2) State Taxes
Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories
3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing New Jersey's budget.
Noa) Tapping into New Jersey's "rainy day" fund
Nob) 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 benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesf) Privatizing certain government services
Yesg) Reducing public pension benefits
h) Other or expanded principles

Strongly believe that stabilizing the state's finances for the long term requires reducing the size, scope and cost of government at all levels. Smaller government is pivotal to reducing the state's heavy tax burden and repealing onerous regulatory policies that stifle economic growth.

Yesa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for New Jersey governors?
Nob) Do you support limits on the number of terms for New Jersey 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
a) 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 decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
Yesd) 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?
Yesf) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Noc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesd) Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Yese) Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
g) Do you support comprehensive public pension reform that incorporates a defined contribution plan, similar to a 401(k)?
h) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards intiative?
Yesb) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
c) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Nod) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yese) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nof) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from New Jersey high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles

State must address the inherent disparity in state school funding formula that currently provides insufficient funding to suburban and rural school districts and has a detrimental impact on students and taxpayers.

Noa) Do you support state regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Nob) Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yese) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yesf) Do you support state funding for improvements to New Jersey's energy infrastructure?
Yesg) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
h) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
b) Do you support requiring background checks on all firearms sales at gun shows, including sales by unlicensed dealers?
c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support requiring a license 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 requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in New Jersey?
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 New Jersey continue to grant civil unions to same-sex couples?
Noc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Nod) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Noe) Do you support affirmative action?
Yesf) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New Jersey's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesg) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in New Jerseys 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.

Working to rebuild New jersey's economy and promote job creation through economic reform initiatives; Reducing the size, scope and cost of government and repealing anti-business policies that have made New Jersey economically uncompetitive due to higher taxes and overregulation.

Ending the disparity in the broken State school funding formula that sends 57% of all education aid to 31 urban school districts out of the 610 school districts in the entire state; Enacting a more equitable school funding formula to finally provide sufficient education aid to suburban and rural areas while also providing desperately needed property tax relief to overwhelmed taxpayers.

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