Vermont State Legislative Election 2006 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.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
|a) Abortions should always be illegal.|
|b) Abortions should always be legal.|
|c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.|
|X||d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.|
|X||e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.|
|f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.|
|X||g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.|
|h) Other or expanded principles|
Government role in personal/family issues should be very limited.
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
|a) Education (Higher)|
|b) Education (K-12)|
|c) Emergency preparedness|
|e) Health care|
|f) Law enforcement|
|g) Transportation and highway infrastructure|
|h) Vermont dairy farmer aid|
|j) Other or expanded categories|
Efficiency and desired results should drive funding levels.
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
|a) Alcohol taxes|
|b) Capital gains taxes|
|c) Cigarette taxes|
|d) Corporate taxes|
|e) Gasoline taxes|
|f) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)|
|g) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)|
|h) Property taxes|
|i) Sales taxes|
|j) Vehicle taxes|
|k) Other or expanded categories|
The purpose should be important - the need, who pays, who benefits.
|Yes||l) Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?|
|No||m) Should accounts such as a rainy day fund be used to balance the state budget?|
|Yes||n) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?|
|o) Other or expanded principles|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
|Undecided||a) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Vermont governors?|
|Undecided||b) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Vermont state senators and representatives?|
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
|Yes||4) Political Parties|
|Yes||d) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?|
|Yes||e) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?|
|Yes||f) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?|
|Yes||g) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Vermont are closed?|
|Yes||h) Should Vermont continue to recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?|
|i) Other or expanded principles|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
|a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.|
|b) Implement the death penalty in Vermont.|
|X||c) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.|
|X||d) End parole for repeat violent offenders.|
|e) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.|
|f) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.|
|X||g) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.|
|h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.|
|X||i) Require that crimes based on race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation be prosecuted as hate crimes.|
|j) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.|
|X||k) Strengthen sex-offender laws.|
|X||l) Support the restriction of the sale of products used to make methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing pseudophedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine).|
|m) Other or expanded principles|
Reliable supervision is a major responsibility of any rehab program if it is to work for non-violent criminals
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
|a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.|
|b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.|
|c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.|
|d) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).|
|e) Increase funds for hiring additional teachers.|
|f) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.|
|g) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.|
|h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.|
|i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.|
|j) Increase funding for Head Start programs.|
|k) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.|
|l) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.|
|m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.|
|n) Other or expanded principles|
Greatest need is to improve the ed. experience of students in their local schools - which are the center piece of a community as well as a shaper of that communities culture
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
|a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers and teach skills needed in todays job market.|
|b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.|
|X||c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.|
|X||d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.|
|e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.|
|f) Include gender identity in Vermont's anti-discrimination laws.|
|g) Increase the state minimum wage.|
|h) Other or expanded principles|
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies decisions on:
|Undecided||a) Public employment|
|Undecided||b) State college and university admissions|
|Undecided||c) State contracting|
|d) Other or expanded principles|
R, E, G should be considered if it would contribute to a diverse learning experience or to better deal with a specific population base.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
|X||a) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.|
|b) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).|
|c) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.|
|d) Increase funding for improvements to Vermont's power generating and transmission facilities.|
|e) Support funding for open space preservation.|
|X||f) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.|
|g) Permit organic farmers to sue manufacturers of genetically modified seeds if their seeds drift into organic crops.|
|X||h) Support the development of wind turbines in Vermont.|
|i) Other or expanded principles|
Support efforts for growth centers and workable communities
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
|a) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.|
|b) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.|
|c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.|
|d) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.|
|e) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.|
|f) Require a license for gun possession.|
|g) Other or expanded principles|
VT laws a reasonable given our traditions. Terrorist threats may cause us to look at changes in the future.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
|a) Transfer current Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.|
|b) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.|
|X||c) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.|
|d) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Vermont.|
|X||e) Continue to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.|
|X||f) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.|
|g) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.|
|X||h) Support Catamount Health, which provides health insurance to the uninsured and underinsured.|
|i) Please list what changes, if any, you would make to Catamount Health. Please use forty (40) words or less.|
|j) Other or expanded principles|
Gov't should assist with those things that a citizen or group of citizens can not do for themselves. Access to health care is becoming one of those today. The private sector has not been able to make it work so that access, affordable and quality can all be offered.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
|X||a) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.|
|b) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.|
|X||c) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.|
|d) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.|
|e) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.|
|f) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.|
|g) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.|
|h) Other or expanded principles|
|Please explain in a total of 75 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. Property Tax reform - broad based taxes need to replace a regressive property tax as the means of funding public services. Any service that provides a common benefit or meets a common need is the responsibility of the state and not local governments.