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Stanley 'Stan' C. Rosenberg

Stan Rosenberg's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Stanley 'Stan' C. Rosenberg
Office: State Senate (MA) - Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester, Democratic Majority Leader
First Elected: 11/06/1990
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State Senate - Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester
Primary Sept. 9, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Domestic Partner: Bryon Hefner
Birth Date: 10/12/1949
Birth Place: Revere, MA
Home City: Amherst, MA
Religion: Jewish
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Massachusetts State Legislative Election 2012 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-choicea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yesb) Should abortions be illegal 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?
Noe) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Nof) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Nog) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
Noh) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:

I believe that women should ultimately be able to make these decisions. I hope that in most cases she will do so in consultation with the man involved, family, clergy and professionals equiped to help her make the appropriate choice given her circumstances.

1) State Spending:
Using the key, 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.
Greatly Increasea) Education (higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increasec) Environment
Greatly Decreased) Health care
Greatly Decreasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Greatly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Slightly Increaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:
2) State Taxes:
Using the key,indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Greatly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increasec) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increased) Gas/Oil taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Property taxes
Slightly Increasef) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories:
3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Massachusetts's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into Massachusetts's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Noc) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
Nod) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Noe) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Nof) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
g) Other or expanded principles:

We should tap into the rainy day fund carefully and judiciously. We should raise the cap on the amount that can be placed into the fund before the income tax rebate kicks in. We are doing a good job with the fund but it needs to be larger fro when the rainy days do come.

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
Yesb) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nod) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
Noe) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Other or expanded principles:

We already have most of what is proposed in this section here in MA.

The data shows that "independent" redistricting panels produce no better results than those produced by legislatures.

Political parties should have a lot more flexibility than others in campaign financing as they are there to advance not only candidacies, but also voter registration, party platforms, etc.

Noa) 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?
Yesc) Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Noe) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yesf) Do you support allowing for more judicial discretion in Massachusetts's "three strikes" law?
g) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
h) Other or expanded principles:

D is situational. For the most part i do not support this. There is the rare instance when I might agree to it but for the most part i do not.
G is the job of the federal government. They should should adopt reasonable policy and enforce it. The states may be compelled to participate in some circumstances because of federal law but i think they should push back and require the federal government to do their job in this arena and stop allowing unintended consequences to fall to the state to handle.

a) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
b) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
c) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
d) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
e) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
f) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Nog) Do you support allowing bars and restaurants to offer daily or hourly discounts on alcoholic beverages?
Noh) Do you support extending the state's 5-cent deposit law to plastic water bottles and other non-carbonated beverages?
i) Other or expanded principles:

a through f all require explanation so I am unable to address them with a yes or no and short note here. In general the states should be active partners with the private sector in improving the economy jobs, the quality of those jobs and the compensation and benefits received by employees. Regulation is needed but should always be reasonable , measured, fairly applied and productive. They should be reviewed and revised as circumstances require.

Noa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Nob) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
c) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
Nod) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
e) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Nof) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Yesg) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Massachusetts high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

c I do not think of tenure as "producing teachers" .That is the job of education and experience. I think it provides reasonable protection for teachers and in our state we are beefing up certification, recertification and evaluation systems. I think they are all valuable in improving educational outcomes.
e funding for charter schools is a reality in ur state so we have to fund them. We need to improve the funding mechanism so that it is more like other states and does not come at the expense of traditional public schools.

Yesa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nob) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for improvements to Massachusetts's energy infrastructure?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
f) Other or expanded principles:

Our state is very advanced in the effort to reduce its carbon footprint. We are creating jobs, technology and a major shift in the culture of the state in this area of concern.

a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
c) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:

Reasonable regulation with regard to ownership , use, and transfer of guns is appropriate. We are an urban industrial state with a significant amount of forested and open land. So, we need to balance the need for reasonable control and the ability of people to engage in the recreational use of firearms.

a) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
d) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
e) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesf) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
Yesg) Do you support the legalization of physician-assisted suicide for those with a terminal diagnosis and less than six months to live?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Most of these questions are covered by legislative and executive action in recent years through which we have achieved universal coverage and some degree of efficiency. We are now focussed on a new multi-year effort to reign in the growth in health care cost eventually leading to some reduction in cost with out compromising access or quality.

Noa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should Massachusetts continue to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Massachusetts's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Massachusetts's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:

All of these are now part of our laws and culture in MA.

In the following area, on an attached page, or via e-mail, 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.

I will be woking on expanded public transportation and funding for all of transportation and transportation infrastructure. I will be serving on a Commission that will seek to aggregate the purchasing power of all institutions and consumers to help bring down the cost of medical drugs. As a chair of the Public Higher Ed caucus i will work to get more money for public higher ed to reduce tuitions and fees. I will support progressive revenue options to help pay for these and other initiatives and services , where needed.

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