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Bob Beach's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State Senate (WV) - District 13, Democratic
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Bob Beach has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests.

What is the Political Courage Test?

West Virginia 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.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when pregnancy results from incest, rape or when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xe) Support West Virginia's requirement that abortions be limited by waiting periods and parental notification.
Xf) Support West Virginia's prohibition of the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
Xg) Support "buffer zones" at abortion clinics by requiring demonstrators to remain a certain distance from doorways and driveways.
h) Other
Noi) Do you support a ban on Medicaid-financed abortions in West Virginia?
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories.
Slightly Increase Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusc) Environment
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusg) Welfare
h) Other
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you support.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Estate taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Food taxes
Maintain Statusg) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusi) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
j) Mineral reserves taxes
Slightly Decreasek) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasel) Sales taxes
Slightly Increasem) Smokeless tobacco taxes
Maintain Statusn) Vehicle taxes
Slightly Increaseo) Other

Occupation Tax (Enact)

Yesp) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Noq) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Nor) Would you support tax cuts or refunds if there were an operating surplus?
Yess) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
t) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) 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) Implement the death penalty in West Virginia.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xf) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xg) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
h) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
i) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xj) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
k) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
Xl) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
Xm) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xn) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
o) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
p) Support the creation of an independent citizen review board to oversee and investigate law enforcement agencies.
q) 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.
e) 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.
Xi) 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.
m) Support West Virginia's Promise Scholarship program.
n) Increase the number of official school days for West Virginia students.
o) 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 in order 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.
Xe) License and regulate video poker machines.
Xf) Require construction firms receiving state contracts to guarantee that 90% of hired employees would be state residents.
g) 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
Undecidedb) 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.
b) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
c) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xd) Provide funding for recycling programs in West Virginia.
Xe) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
f) Suspend participation in un-funded, federally-mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xg) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power companies.
h) Increase regulations for mountaintop removal.
Xi) Strengthen regulations on quarrying operations and reclamation.
j) Other
Nok) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
a) Do you support the current limit on terms for West Virginia Governors?
b) Do you support limiting the number of terms for West Virginia State Senators and Representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
No1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Undecidedg) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesh) Do you support on-line voter registration?
Yesi) Do you support a West Virginia constitutional amendment that would exempt veteran's pensions from state income taxes?
Undecidedj) Do you support non-partisan elections of West Virginia justices?
Undecidedk) Do you support West Virginia's court decision that takes away the ability to vote in a primary election for those who sign a petition to place a third party gubernatorial candidate on the ballot?
l) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
Xa) 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.
Xh) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Allow cities and counties in West Virginia to enact gun control legislation.
j) 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.
b) 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.
Xe) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xf) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xg) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xh) Support using part of the West Virginia tobacco settlement funds to make Medicaid payments.
i) Increase funds for PEIA (Public Employees Insurance Agency).
Xj) Support state funding for veterans' nursing homes.
Xk) Support expanding CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) to include more children.
l) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) 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.
Xe) 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) Other
Undecidedh) Should physician assisted suicide be legally available in West Virginia?
Yesi) Should West Virginia include sexual orientation in it's anti-discrimination laws?
Noj) Should West Virginia recognize same-sex marriages?
Yesk) Should West Virginia 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.
d) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) 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.
Xk) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
Xl) Allow college attendance to qualify as part of the work requirement for welfare recipients.
m) Support using TANF funds to institute a state Earned Income Tax Credit.
n) Other
In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, 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.

During my tenure, I intend to strongly push fellow legislative members to reduce State sales tax by 1 percent in exchange for a one percent occupation tax on all employed individuals within the State regardless of residency. However, allowing home rule on all tax dollars gathered within a given country while establishing use parameters ...
Secondly, promoting increased inter-State job development through the State's small business growth. Create an effective central means in accessing all information that would be helpful and pertinent to small business growth. ...

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