Representative James 'Jim' C. Moeller's Political Positions

Office: State House (WA) - 49 Position 2, Democratic Speaker Pro Tempore
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State House - 49 Position 2
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Washington State Legislative Election 2010 Political Courage Test

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Pro-choicea) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Yesb) Should abortion be legal only within 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?
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

a-f) There is NO LEGITIMATE state interest in the health care decisions between a doctor and their patient.

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.

Maintain Statusa) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decreasec) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusf) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

Everyone is hurting economically right now. Just maintaining funding is going to be a tremendous challenge. Depending what the voter hands the legislature this Fall with the approval or not of various initiatives will determine what we have to deal with and within what limits.

2) State Taxes

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.

Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increasec) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increased) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

I think any tax increases would need to come from optional, not essential areas. For example, alcohol, cigarettes, etc or out-of state corporate tax breaks that perhaps have outlived their usefulness. Additionally, I believe that individual taxes rates should decline where-ever possible like on property or sales.

3) Budget Stabilization

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Washington's budget.

Yesa) Tapping into Washington's "rainy day" fund
Yesb) Instituting an income tax on high-earners
Yesc) Extending the suspension of Initiative 960, the Taxpayer Protection Act
Yesd) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Yese) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yesf) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Nog) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Noh) Privatizing certain government services
i) Other or expanded principles

a-f) Everything should be on the table EXCEPT balancing the budget on the backs of the poor, aged or disabled.
h) I have only seen this work in a couple of instances. Most state services exist for a reason. Let's re-examine the reason they were instituted to begin with and perhaps re-focus so that the private sector can pick up areas that the public sector is no longer needed.

Noa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Washington governors?
Nob) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Washington 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
No4) 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&b) We currently have term limits, we call them general elections. Good public servants are hard to find. Why would we want to remove them with an arbitrary term limit? Additionally, this requirement would effectively turn over legislating to full-time (unelected) staff.

c4) Political parties are the only ones who should be able to support their candidates to a level they feel they can afford. Everyone else should have a limit.

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) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Nod) 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?
Nof) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles

d&e) Minors should first be assessed before criminal charges are filed. Minors brains have not fully formed and I have questions if they truly understood the gravity of their actions. We have sentencing for minors for a reason.

f) We DO NOT have one local additional cent to spend on the enforcement of federal laws. State and local law enforcement have their hands full with yearly budget reductions and just the requirements placed on them by the legislature and local governments. I'm not willing to divert ANY money from our state priorities to enforce federal immigration laws.

Noa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Nob) Do you support the privatization of liquor sales?
Yesc) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Yesd) 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?
Yesg) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
h) Other or expanded principles

a) Lax or no regulation got us into this mess. Why would I support going back to unregulated markets?
b) Don't fix it if it's not broke. Is there a problem getting booze in this state? I don't see one. Additionally, this is the ONE area that actually makes money for the state general fund.
d) I support extending the length of time of receiving unemployment benefits, not increasing benefits at this time.

Yesa) Do you support national education standards?
Yesb) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Yesc) 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 Washington high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles

c) Merit pay only IN ADDITION to any regular bargained step or COLA increases. I do not support a merit pay system ONLY.
d) Charter schools only work in certain areas of the nation because every place is different. Where they are successful, they should continue.
f) In-state slots should first be available for legal residents and the legally immigrated.

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)?
Noc) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for improvements to Washington's energy infrastructure?
Yese) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yesf) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles

a) As long as the industry is not currently or just beginning to develop in Washington. Current industries have no need of ongoing state support.
c) Bio-fuel should be from waste products that we would normally discard. We should not subsidize the production of bio-fuels at the expense of food.
f) As long as we all have skin in the game. I realize that we will have to pay more for energy in the future, but we should all pay equally.

Yesa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
Noe) Do you support a ban on assault weapons?
f) Other or expanded principles

a) We have instituted, with the NRA's help, restrictions on those Dx with specific disorders and found "not guilty" by reason of insanity" from purchasing or possessing guns.
d) I think the background checks would be more effective in keeping guns out of the hands of the wrong people.
e) I don't support banning only "cosmetic" differences in firearms. Firearms that are expressly produced to kill other people should be outlawed or severely restricted to law enforcement or the militiary. There are plenty of other options available for hunting and sport shooting.

Yesa) 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?
Yesd) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Noe) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesf) Do you support continuing to allow physician-assisted suicide in Washington?
Yesg) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles

c) As long as the Insurance Commissioner can monitor and approve such compacts
d) The more people in the insurance pool, the cheaper the product.
g) The Dept of Health needs to take this on much like they have in Oregon. Stop dinking around and issue rule on how this law will be implemented! Amount, Rx's, how and by who, etc.

Noa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should Washington continue to allow same-sex couples to form domestic partnerships?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yese) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Yesf) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Washington's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesg) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Washington's 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.

Jobs, Jobs, and Jobs. First, we need to invest in ourselves by passing Ref-52, The Jobs Act and employing 35K Washingtonians trough structural upgrades to our schools. Second, we need to have a "Smart Recovery" by investing in infrastructure that will position us for the recovery of the economy. This would be through transportation projects around the state to get our goods to market, local capital improvements and education both K-12 and higher education. Paying these improvements through voted bonds, closing tax loopholes for out of state corporations and a high wager-earners income tax.