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John A. Boccieri

John Boccieri's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: John A. Boccieri
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Stacey; 3 Children
Birth Date: 10/05/1969
Birth Place: Youngstown, OH
Home City: Alliance, OH
Religion: Roman Catholic
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John Boccieri 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.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "John Boccieri 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. "John Boccieri supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 50 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boccieri. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Ohio Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "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."
  • John Boccieri. 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: John Boccieri voted YES on 7 November 2009. (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

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "John Boccieri supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 10 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boccieri. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Ohio Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Selected GREATLY DECREASE for: "e) Estate taxes."
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

  • John Boccieri. 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: John Boccieri voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boccieri. Boccieri Responds to House Bailout Vote. 29 September 2008. "While a difficult vote, I believe the House's decision today was the right one. The proposed bailout package did not do enough to address the housing crisis which, along with greed, is at the root of this meltdown. In my judgment, Washington was prepared to commit too much taxpayer money to Wall Street with too few safeguards to prevent this from happening again. Now it's time for Congress to sit down and hammer out a bill that prioritizes immediate help for homeowners and reform on Wall Street. We need to act swiftly to keep people in their homes, limit excess and greed, put strong new safeguards in place on Wall Street, and find ways to provide short-term financial stability that don't validate or bail out reckless lending behavior." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boccieri. Democrats' Job Creation. 5 May 2010. "Mr. Speaker, can you believe it? The United States House of Representatives under Democrat majorities have delivered the largest tax reductions in America's history to middle class families. That's right. Ninety-five percent of American workers got a tax cut in the stimulus bill. The stimulus bill acted as a backstop against further job loss, and it helped create some jobs along the way, like what is happening in my district." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boccieri. Politicker OH - Boccieri Holds Call on $700B Bailout Proposal. 23 September 2008. "Boccieri said that for Paulson to suggest minimal oversight for the handing over of $700 billion from the American taxpayer is dangerous. 'I can't support this sudden rush to rescue Wall Street until millions of American homeowners get the help they need to stay in their homes and protect their housing values,' Boccieri said. 'We shouldn't be giving corporate CEOs the ultimate golden parachute; we should be holding them accountable for gambling away America's wealth. And we shouldn't be giving George Bush's Treasury Secretary sweeping new powers with near-total immunity from oversight. We should stand up for the homeowners at the heart of this crisis.' Boccieri said he hopes the U.S. Congress takes its time to discuss the matter thoroughly, so that the people in Ohio who have been struggling can be helped. Boccieri said that the current proposal reminds him of the kind of rush to action of the Bush administration and Congress when the U.S. Patriot Act was passed. Boccieri said the Patriot Act legislation had problems and was not necessarily weighted to the best interests of all Americans. Boccieri said that the American people need a plan that's going to help average Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boccieri. The Massillon Independent (Massillon, OH). Regula in Minority in Backing Bailout. 30 September 2008. "Boccieri said in a prepared statement that Congress made the right move in halting the bailout plan. He said the bill was lacking in a plan to address the mortgage crisis. 'In my judgment, Washington was prepared to commit too much taxpayer money to Wall Street with too few safeguards to prevent this from happening again,' he said. 'Now it's time for Congress to sit down and hammer out a bill that prioritizes immediate help for homeowners and reform on Wall Street.' Boccieri said when Congress returns, it needs to put a quick, sufficient end to this political stalemate. 'We need to act swiftly to keep people in their homes,' Boccieri said, 'limit excess and greed, put strong new safeguards in place on Wall Street, and find ways to provide short-term financial stability that don't validate or bail out reckless lending behavior.'" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Boccieri. Issue Position: A Secure Retirement for Our Seniors. "Our seniors worked hard to build this country. They have contributed to a system that they reasonably expected would provide modest security throughout their later years. We must fulfill our obligation to them. John supports efforts to strengthen and guarantee Social Security benefits. John will fight against privatization that would strip money from the fund and leave Ohioans without the necessary resources for a secure retirement. He will continue to support policies and decisions that ensure the financial health of the Social Security fund for future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boccieri. Schuring Sides with Social Security Privatizers. 8 October 2008. "How out of touch can Kirk Schuring be that in the middle of a global financial meltdown, he's getting his Social Security policies from a group that advocates gambling away our retirement on the stock market?" 16th District congressional candidate John Boccieri asked today. "This raises serious questions about his commitment to protecting Social Security, especially given his poor record on seniors' issues in the State Legislature." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Boccieri. 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;" "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."
  • John Boccieri. 30-Something Working Group. 29 January 2007. "And when you meet with the Speaker and you see the intensity in her eyes and the focus about this was really just the beginning and we are not here to say, well, we did our first hundred hours and we are done. We are going to chalk it up and we are done. This is about continuing to move forward. We have got to reauthorize No Child Left Behind. And when you talk to Chairman MILLER, who is the Chair of that committee, you see the look in his eyes about an opportunity to change the face of education in this country, to finally put some resources back behind No Child Left Behind to where it actually will work." (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

  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "John Boccieri supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boccieri. 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;" "c) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented;" "e) Support funding for recycling programs in Ohio;" "f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations;" "h) Provide funds for farmland preservation;" "j) Increase funds for cleaning up abandoned industrial sites."
  • John Boccieri. 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: John Boccieri voted YES on 26 July 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boccieri. Boccieri Applauds Energy Bill for Stabilizing Prices, Emphasizing Renewable and Alternative Sources. 1 May 2008. "Boccieri also voiced his support for a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown on Wednesday that would invest $36 billion over five years in green energy manufacturing and the use of new energy technologies in Ohio and across the United States.'Senator Brown's energy plan has the potential to greatly impact Ohio with our large energy consumption and manufacturing base,' Boccieri said. 'Senator Brown's proposed plan, coupled with Ohio's energy bill, represents the kind of forward-thinking that our country needs to regain our energy independence and keep and create jobs in America....' Leading by example, Boccieri's campaign headquarters is the first LEED-certified building in Canton. The headquarters, located at the corner of 6th and Cleveland, uses geothermal heating and solar energy. 'In Washington, I will work to make long-term changes in our energy policy and tackle the sky-high fuel and energy prices which the Bush Administration failed to address,' Boccieri said. 'I'm committed to leading efforts in Congress that make Ohio - and America - more energy independent, while also increasing our use of alternative and renewable energies.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boccieri. Energy. 20 October 2009. "Now, when this body was faced with the decision, the section of the bill that deals with cap-and-trade, we had a decision to make. There was a court case at the end of last year that said the EPA was going to regulate emissions in this country. Well, do you want the EPA and bureaucrats in Washington doing it, or do you want the free market to do it? Because I believe, like so many of my colleagues, that the Federal Government has a responsibility to set the out-of-bounds markets, to set the goalposts, let the free market operate in between, and then throw the flag like a good referee does when someone goes out of bounds. That is what we should do. Let the free market drive innovation; let entrepreneurial spirit, let the innovators in this great country do that." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Boccieri. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Ohio Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns;" "k) Provide funds for gun-safety training in public schools."
  • John Boccieri. Issue Position: Protecting the Second Amendment. "John is a strong supporter of our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Whether for personal security or hunting and recreation, John will stand up for the Second amendment.Ohio offers some of the best hunting opportunities in this country, and hunting is a significant component of our tourism industry. Ohio's sportsmen appreciate our open spaces and pass on the values of conservation to their children. John's strong support of sportsmen in Ohio earned him the Ohio Sportsman's Association Legislator of the year award in 2006 along with an 'A' rating from the National Rifle Association. He will continue his support in Congress." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John A Boccieri. 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: John A. Boccieri voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "John Boccieri supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 78 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boccieri. 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;" "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."
  • John Boccieri. Comprehensive Health Care Reform. 12 February 2009. "Let me tell you this. We have to cover every American. We have to have a system that covers every American. We need to emphasize prevention, and we have to make sure that health care is portable between jobs, something that has been played out so often in Ohio as Ohioans transfer from job to job because of the downturn in our economy. And we need to end the discrimination that's based on pre-existing conditions. And I tell you, Mr. Speaker, there is no issue more important than this one because this issue alone is costing millions of jobs and costing thousands of people from seeking preventative care. We spend 75 percent of all that health care money, nearly $7,000 per person, we spend 75 percent responding to chronic illnesses, illnesses that could be treated if we just saw routine visits to the doctor. Chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.... And I have to tell you this." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boccieri. Better Health Care For Americans Begins Today. 23 March 2010. "Today we make history. With the signing of this historic health care reform bill, insurance companies cannot dump you when you get sick, can't deny you coverage because of a preexisting condition, or cap your insurance." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boccieri. Five Years After "Mission Accomplished," Many Other Missions Left Unaccomplished. 1 May 2008. "Hundreds of families in our area don't have health insurance. The families of the 16th Congressional District deserve a leader in Washington who will put their needs first and accomplish an expansion of affordable healthcare to more Ohioans." (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. "John Boccieri supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 0 percent in 2007-2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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. "John Boccieri supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boccieri. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: John Boccieri voted NO on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boccieri. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan. Project Vote Smart Summary: John Boccieri voted NO on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boccieri. Issue Position: Bringing our Troops Home Safely, Honorably, and Soon. "As a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, John doesn't just talk about defending our country -- he has risked his own life to do it. But after five long years, John believes that, as Americans, we owe it to our soldiers and their families, to find a way to bring them home safely, honorably, and soon." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boccieri. The Economy. 15 June 2010. "So let's get this straight. This is the deficit that was handed over to us with a trillion-dollar tax cut to the wealthiest Americans, another trillion-dollar tax cut to the top 1 percent of our country, a prescription drug plan that left a huge doughnut hole for our seniors that was $500 billion, and two undeclared, unfunded wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those are the facts." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Boccieri. 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.
a) 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)
Greatly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusc) Environment
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Maintain Funding Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusg) Welfare
h) Other
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Estate taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminatei) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusk) Vehicle taxes
l) Other
Nom) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Yesn) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Undecidedo) Would you support returning any operating surplus to Ohio taxpayers?
Yesp) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
Yesq) 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.
Xc) 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.
g) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
h) 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.
j) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
k) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
Xl) 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.
k) 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.
q) Eliminate unfunded state mandates on public schools.
r) 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.
Xb) 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?
Yesa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Undecidedc) 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.
b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) 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.
Xf) 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.
i) Increase funds for protecting open space.
Xj) Increase funds for cleaning up abandoned industrial sites.
k) Establish growth boundaries around urban areas.
l) Other
m) 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?
Noa) Individual
Yesb) PAC
Yesc) Corporate
Nod) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Undecidede) 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?
Yesg) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesh) Do you support on-line voter registration?
i) 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.
b) 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.
Xd) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Require the safe storage of guns.
j) Require gun dealers to offer trigger locks to anyone who purchases a gun.
Xk) 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.
d) 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.
b) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
c) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
d) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
Xe) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
f) 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?
Undecidedj) 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.
c) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
f) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
Xh) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) 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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