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Christopher 'Chris' A. Pearson

Chris Pearson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Christopher 'Chris' A. Pearson
Office: State House (VT) - Chittenden-6-4, Progressive Progressive Leader
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Progressive for State House - Chittenden-6-4
Primary Aug. 26, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Lacey Richards
Birth Date: 01/05/1973
Birth Place: Edmonton, Alberta
Home City: Burlington, VT
Religion: Episcopal
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Vermont 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?
Nob) 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:
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)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increasec) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Slightly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Slightly Increaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

It is difficult to answer your health care section. We are transitioning to single payer health care in Vermont. This will result in new taxes so technically state spending will greatly increase dramatically. Overall though, the amount people spend on health care won't grow, it will just be collected differently.

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
Slightly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increasec) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increased) Gas/Oil taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) 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 Vermont's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into Vermont'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:
a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
No3) 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?
Yesd) 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:

I support limited contributions from parties and PACS direction to candidates. That said, I support public financing of elections which isn't an option you listed.

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?
e) 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:

The questions about minors is not a yes/no answer. I think it is sometimes appropriate to treat minors accused of a violent crime as an adult depending on the nature of the crime and the existence of a previous record for that minor. Criminal charges for minors who send sexually-explicit photos shouldn't be automatic but that is appropriate in certain instances. Knowing the nature of the photo and the relationship of the photographer and the subject of the photo would influence my answer.

Noa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Yesc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesd) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yese) 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?
g) Other or expanded principles:

Regarding (f) I would be more interested in demanding leniency from banks instead of public assistance for mortgage payments.

Noa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Nob) 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?
Noe) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesf) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Yesg) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Vermont high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:
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 Vermont'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?
Yesf) Do you support the construction of mountaintop wind turbines?
Yesg) Do you support closing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant?
h) Other or expanded principles:

I am the co-founder and co-chair of the VT House Climate Caucus - we must give these issues a higher profile and are late to get to work.

Yesa) 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?
Yesc) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) 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?
Yesd) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) 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:
Noa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should Vermont continue to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Vermont's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Vermont'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.

We must keep moving to a single payer health care system for Vermont. If re-elected I will continue my leadership on this critical issue. I am eager to shift the Climate Caucus from an information gathering group to one that promotes legislation aimed at reducing the state's carbon footprint. I am also hopeful we can make progress on legislation creating a right to paid sick days and family leave.

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