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Steven 'Steve' L. Driehaus

Steve Driehaus' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Steven 'Steve' L. Driehaus
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Lucienne; 3 Children: Alex, Clare, Jack
Birth Date: 06/24/1966
Birth Place: Cincinnati, OH
Home City: Cincinnati, OH
Religion: Catholic
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Steve Driehaus refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steven Driehaus. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Steven Driehaus voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Ohio Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal;" "e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government;" "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as 'partial-birth' abortion;" "h) Prohibit public funding for abortions and organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Steve Driehaus supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 25 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Steve Driehaus supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 50 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. Op Ed: Pro-Life Policies Can't Stop at Abortion. 7 August 2009. "As a pro-life legislator, I support alternatives to providing Title X funding to Planned Parenthood. But until we find those alternatives I will not vote to punish low-income women and families by depriving them of this critical care. Such a vote would contradict a true pro-life stance and place an additional burden on those who are struggling most to access healthcare services. I will continue to fight for pro-life policies in Washington, and I will ensure that a pro-life voice is heard as we move forward with healthcare reform in Congress. I will stand by my commitment to vote against any public funding for abortion, and I will represent our community's pro-life values on all components of this reform effort and every other issue that comes before me in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. Representative Driehaus Supports Landmark Healthcare Reform. 7 November 2009. "I made a commitment that I would not support legislation that used taxpayer dollars to provide abortions. This legislation maintains my continued commitment to life." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Driehaus. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Ohio Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Selected GREATLY DECREASE for: "e) Estate taxes."
  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Steve Driehaus supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 15 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steven Driehaus. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Steven Driehaus voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. 2010. Enquirer.com: 2010 Ohio Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded: "I supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). ? The ARRA was needed to curb this downward spiral and keep us afloat until we were on the path toward recovery. Thanks to the ARRA, we have police officers patrolling our streets who would have been laid off, teachers in our classrooms whose jobs would have been lost, researchers in our hospitals continuing their critical work, and construction workers improving our infrastructure and moving forward on major projects. Additionally, the ARRA included the largest middle-class tax cut in history. The ARRA was never meant to be a cure-all for the recession, but thanks in part to the ARRA, we have an economy that's once again growing and adding jobs," to the question: "Do you support the stimulus? Why or why not?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Steven Driehaus. 2010. Enquirer.com: 2010 Ohio Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded: "We need to limit annual increases is spending, which is why I opposed the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, the 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act, and numerous other spending bills. I strongly support the across-the-board non-defense discretionary spending freeze, which will be in place for the 2011 appropriations process," to the question: "What would you do to reduce government spending?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. Driehaus Throws Support Behind Butler County Bid For Recovery Act Funding. 14 April 2010. "On January 28, 2009, I voted with a majority of my colleagues to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), now Public Law 111-5. The recent crises in the auto-manufacturing, financial, and housing industries have resulted in a domino effect disrupting every sector of the American economy. The stimulus package provides critically-needed investment while saving and creating the jobs necessary to jump-start our economy. Section 1401 of the ARRA authorized $10 billion of Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds to be apportioned to the states based upon their job losses in 2008 as compared to the national average. As you are aware, these bonds have proved to be a valuable tool in assisting local and regional economies." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. Press Conference on the Economic Stimulus Package. 28 January 2009. "This bill helps those cities. It helps those cities recover by being able to purchase those homes, by being able to rehab those homes, by being able to take down those homes where appropriate, but to rebuild neighborhoods. This bill is about renewing America and rebuilding our neighborhoods, rebuilding our older cities while putting thousands and thousands of people to work. It's critically important that we make this investment in our economy and critically important that we make this investment in our states and local governments." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. Rebuilding the Economy. 26 January 2010. "First of all, the Great Recession is over. The recovery has begun. And I think this is important. Near-term growth has been bolstered by the stimulus and inventory building. There is no question in the minds of economists around the country that the stimulus is working." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. Stimulus Package Saving And Creating Jobs In Cincinnati. 29 July 2009. "Mr. DRIEHAUS. Mr. Speaker, if you want to see where the stimulus package is saving and creating jobs, come to Cincinnati. Yesterday, the Department of Justice announced $17 million in grants for local law enforcement in my district. These grants will help local governments that are struggling to maintain services. But more than that, this funding is going to keep 66 full-time officers on the streets protecting the people of greater Cincinnati. Some of my friends in this Chamber have said that the stimulus isn't working. Ask the 66 officers who will still have their jobs whether or not the stimulus is working. Ask their families. Ask people in the neighborhoods they are protecting. Public safety matters, and the stimulus is working to keep our communities safe." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. The Road to Economy Recovery. 25 May 2010. "You know, I know that, through the stimulus package, we lowered taxes. And according to reports all across America, the economists agree with us that these are the lowest tax rates since 1950. So I think, when you talk about the stimulus, and the Republicans often say, we need to be putting money back in the hands of the American taxpayer, that's exactly what we did. That is exactly what we did in the stimulus, and it's reflected in the tax rates." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Driehaus. Issue Position: Social Security. "Steve Driehaus believes in honoring our commitment to our seniors and to future generations. He will fight to protect and strengthen Social Security. Driehaus does not support privatizing Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. Steve Driehaus: Does Steve Chabot Still Want To Privatize Security? 6 October 2008. "Steve Driehaus, a state Representative and candidate for Ohio's 1st Congressional District, vowed to strengthen Social Security without slashing benefits that Americans have earned and adding to the deficit....Driehaus said 'Social Security is a critical safety net that millions of America's senior citizens depend on. The Wall Street meltdown underscores the need to protect Social Security and not gamble people's money in the stock market.'" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Driehaus. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Ohio Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support a moratorium on the death penalty."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Driehaus. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Ohio Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators;" "b) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs;" "e) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure);" "f) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers;" "k) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay;" "l) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries;" "m) Support a moratorium on student proficiency testing;" "p) Reduce the reliance on local property taxes to fund schools by using existing state funds;" "q) Eliminate unfunded state mandates on public schools;" "r) Fund all existing state mandates on public schools."
  • Steve Driehaus. Issue Position: Education. "Steve Driehaus believes that education is the key to our future. It is the key to creating jobs and building a prosperous middle class. During the last 10 years, the cost of higher education in Ohio has tripled making it harder for our citizens to afford. It is incomprehensible that Congressman Chabot voted to cut Pell Grants and voted against cutting interest rates on student loans. In Congress, Steve Driehaus will fight to restore Pell Grant funding, work to lower interest rates on student loans, and fight for investment in education from pre-school to higher education to worker re-training so our citizens are prepared for the competitiveness of a global economy." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Driehaus. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Ohio Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution;" "b) Support 'self-audit' legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution;" "e) Support funding for recycling programs in Ohio;" "h) Provide funds for farmland preservation;" "i) Increase funds for protecting open space;" "j) Increase funds for cleaning up abandoned industrial sites;" "k) Establish growth boundaries around urban areas."
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Steve Driehaus supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Driehaus. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Steven Driehaus voted YES on 26 July 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. Representative Driehaus And Duke Energy President Discuss Impact Of American Clean Energy And Security Act. 2 July 2009. "I'm pleased to join with Duke Energy to support the American Clean Energy and Security Act, and I applaud their commitment to developing clean energy technologies while protecting customers across greater Cincinnati. Promoting clean energy means investing in America's economy and security, and companies such as Duke will help put Ohio at the forefront of research and manufacturing. At the same time, we have taken steps to ensure that ratepayers in Ohio aren't unduly burdened as we cut emissions and transition to clean energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. Clean Energy. 16 July 2009. "This goes back to the question of action versus inaction, and the question is, If you don't embark down this road, if you don't address the energy crisis, if you don't work toward a system of cap-and-trade, what's the alternative? And the alternative is simply this: The EPA comes out with rules cracking down on utilities and emitters of carbon, which would in fact be a massive tax, a massive government mandate on utilities and manufacturers, killing jobs, raising rates for businesses, raising rates for residential consumers. Instead, the choice we made, the choice for action was about using a free-market approach to incentivize job creation, to incentivize creativity, just like we did with telecommunications. We now have the opportunity to do the same with energy. We believe in the American economy. We believe in the innovation that can be released through the use of a free-market system like cap-and-trade. That's why we went down this road, and that's why we chose to act." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. Driehaus Votes To Support America's Clean Energy Future. 26 June 2009. "America will be the global leader in the development of clean, renewable energy sources, and promoting clean energy technology will help to revitalize our manufacturing sector, strengthen the middle class, and create new, high-paying jobs that can't be shipped overseas. Ohio has the resources and workforce to be at the cutting edge as we move our nation toward a clean energy economy, and this bill will promote investments that will bring the potential of clean energy development into our community. At the same time, this bill will help us end our addiction to imported oil, which threatens our security and sends too much American money overseas. I'm proud to stand with my colleagues today to do the right thing for the future of America's economy and security." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. Rep. Driehaus Picks up Endorsement from National Environmental Group. 21 July 2008. "Preserving the environment for all to enjoy has been critically important to me. I am glad that the League of Conservation Voters has chosen to recognize my record on this issue. I look forward to being able to continue my record on a national level as a member of Congress." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Driehaus. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Ohio Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns;" "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns;" "g) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows;" "i) Require the safe storage of guns;" "j) Require gun dealers to offer trigger locks to anyone who purchases a gun."
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Driehaus. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Ohio Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees;" "b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary;" "d) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants;" "f) Support a patient's right to sue his or her HMO;" "g) Support a patient's right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied."
  • Steven Driehaus. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Steven Driehaus voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. 2010. Enquirer.com: 2010 Ohio Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded: "I supported comprehensive health insurance reform. Before this reform, our health care system was broken. ? In addition to providing quality, affordable health care to millions more Americans, the new law will reduce our budget deficit, cut costs for families and small businesses, and improve care for seniors," to the question: "Do you support President Obama's health reform plan? Why or why not?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. An Important Step Toward Meaningful Reform. 17 November 2009. "Last weekend, the House of Representatives passed the most significant piece of healthcare reform legislation in American history. After months of debate and deliberation, hundreds of meetings and conversations, and tireless efforts to craft the right bill for our community and the American people, I was proud to vote in favor of a bill that will help to provide quality, affordable healthcare for millions more American." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. Issue Position: Healthcare. "Thousands of Ohioans and millions of Americans lack health insurance. This trend is worsened by the increasing price of health care and insurance premiums. Steve Driehaus will fight to expand health care coverage and supports programs like SCHIP that expands coverage for our children." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. Representative Driehaus Resolves Abortion Language, Supports Comprehensive Health Care Reform. 21 March 2010. "This health care reform legislation is an historic step forward that will reduce our budget deficit by more than a trillion dollars, cut taxes for small businesses, reduce costs for middle class families, and expand access to quality care for all Americans. This reform package relieves small businesses from the unsustainable burden of rising health care premium. Over the last year I heard from dozens of small business owners facing double-digit increases in their health care premiums, forcing them to cut benefits or drop coverage for their employees altogether. This legislation will help to turn that around, ensuring quality care at lower costs for greater Cincinnati families." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Steve Driehaus supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 0 percent in 2007-2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Steve Driehaus supported the interests of Peace Action West 54 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Driehaus. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Steven Driehaus voted NO on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Driehaus. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan. Project Vote Smart Summary: Steven Driehaus voted NO on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Driehaus. Representative Driehaus Visits Troops In Iraq And Afghanistan. 18 March 2009. "Representative Steve Driehaus today returned from a five-day, three-country fact-finding mission. During his tour, Rep. Driehaus met with troops from Ohio currently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and was briefed by commanders in Baghdad and Kabul. Rep. Driehaus traveled with a bipartisan group of members of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee to examine how American funding is being allocated and accounted for in the execution of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. "It was an honor and privilege to meet the brave troops who have made the commitment to serve our country in uniform. Our servicemembers and their commanders lay their lives on the line every day to help protect us and our freedoms. These heroes and their families make tremendous sacrifices in defense of our nation, and we owe them our deep gratitude and support," said Rep. Driehaus." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Driehaus. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Ohio Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Selected NO for: "k) Should Ohio recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?" Selected YES for: "l) Should Ohio restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?"

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Ohio State Legislative Election 2000 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) concerning abortion.
Xa) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when pregnancy results from incest, rape or the life of the woman is endangered.
Xe) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
Xf) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
g) Support "buffer zones" at abortion clinics by requiring demonstrators to remain a certain distance from doorways and driveways.
Xh) Prohibit public funding for abortions and organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
i) Other
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.
Maintain Funding Statusa) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Environment
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Maintain Funding Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Slightly Decrease Fundingg) Welfare
h) Other
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Estate taxes
Maintain Statusf) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Greatly Decreasei) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusk) Vehicle taxes
l) Other
Undecidedm) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Non) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Undecidedo) Would you support returning any operating surplus to Ohio taxpayers?
Nop) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
Noq) Do you support amending the Ohio Constitution to prohibit cities and villages from imposing income taxes on people who work in one town and live in another?
r) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
c) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
d) Support the use of the death penalty in Ohio.
Xe) Support a moratorium on the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xh) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xj) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
k) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
l) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
Xm) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
Xn) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xo) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
p) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
q) Lower the minimum age for sending convicted juvenile offenders to the Department of Youth Services.
r) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
d) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xf) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
i) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
j) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xk) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xl) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xm) Support a moratorium on student proficiency testing.
n) Amend the Ohio Constitution to make the State Board of Education an elected board.
o) Reduce the reliance on local property taxes to fund schools by increasing state taxes.
Xp) Reduce the reliance on local property taxes to fund schools by using existing state funds.
Xq) Eliminate unfunded state mandates on public schools.
Xr) Fund all existing state mandates on public schools.
s) Require students to pass the fourth-grade reading test before being promoted.
t) Other
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Other
Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?
Undecideda) College and university admissions
Yesb) Public employment
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
c) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Support funding for recycling programs in Ohio.
f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in un-funded, federally-mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Provide funds for farmland preservation.
Xi) Increase funds for protecting open space.
Xj) Increase funds for cleaning up abandoned industrial sites.
Xk) Establish growth boundaries around urban areas.
l) Other
Undecidedm) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit on terms for Ohio Governors?
Yesb) Do you support the current limit on terms for Ohio State Senators and Representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesa) Individual
Yesb) PAC
Yesc) Corporate
Yesd) 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 partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Nog) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesh) Do you support on-line voter registration?
Noi) Do you support placing limits on the amount of money that can be collected in state civil lawsuits?
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
Xi) Require the safe storage of guns.
Xj) Require gun dealers to offer trigger locks to anyone who purchases a gun.
k) Provide funds for gun-safety training in public schools.
l) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
Xb) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
c) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xd) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xf) Support a patient's right to sue his or her HMO.
Xg) Support a patient's right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
h) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
i) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Xa) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xb) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xd) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
e) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xf) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.
g) Support Ohio joining a multi-state lottery.
h) Other
Noi) Should physician assisted suicide be legally available in Ohio?
Yesj) Should Ohio include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?
Nok) Should Ohio recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesl) Should Ohio restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
Xg) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
Xj) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
k) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
l) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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