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Michael 'Mike' A. Pitts

Michael Pitts' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Michael 'Mike' A. Pitts
Office: State House (SC) - District 14, Republican
First Elected: 11/05/2002
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Susan; 3 Children: Nolan, Clifton, Della
Birth Date: 12/31/1955
Birth Place: Greenwood, SC
Home City: Laurens, SC
Religion: Baptist
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Michael Pitts has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

What is the Political Courage Test?

South Carolina State Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yesb) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
Noc) 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) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesf) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesg) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
Yesh) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:
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.
Maintain Statusa) Education (higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Greatly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseg) 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.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gas/Oil taxes
Maintain Statuse) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories:

South Carolina is currently reviewing our tax structure, I want to see all the data before making fundemental changes.

3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing South Carolina's budget.
Noa) Tapping into South Carolina's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Noc) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Nod) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
e) Other or expanded principles:

Fund within the current revenue stream

4) Public Pensions:
To mitigate South Carolina's public pension shortfall, do you support:
Noa) Reducing benefits of current state employees?
Nob) Ending the Teacher and Employee Retention Incentive (TERI) program for future employees?
Noc) Reducing cost-of-living adjustments for current and future employees?
Nod) Requiring state employees to work longer before retiring?
Noe) Increasing employee contributions by current and future employees?
Nof) Preventing employees from factoring unused sick and vacation days into benefit calculations?
g) Other or expanded principles:

This has already been addressed by the General Assembly requiring no futher changes.

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) 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?
Yese) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) 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?
Yesd) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Yese) 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?
Nob) Do you support efforts to increase limits on unions in South Carolina?
Yesc) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Nod) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yese) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yesf) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nog) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Reguarding B, we are a right to work state.

Yesa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yesb) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
Noc) 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?
Yese) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesf) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nog) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from South Carolina high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) 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 opening South Carolina's waters to offshore drilling?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for improvements to South Carolina's energy infrastructure?
Yese) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nof) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Nob) 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?
Noe) 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?
g) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Noc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in South Carolina's anti-discrimination laws?
Nod) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in South Carolina's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:
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.

1) Continue to fund the Department of Commerce and work with local entities for economic development thereby producing more jobs.
2) Continue to budget within our revenue stream to maintain a balanced budget the same as you do at home.
3) Continue working to reform child welfare programs such as child custody, adoption services, guardian ad litem, etc.

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