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Barbara J. Howe

Barbara Howe's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Barbara J. Howe
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Tom; 3 Children: Brevet, Kira, Devon
Birth Date: 02/13/1953
Birth Place: Monroe, NC
Home City: Oxford, NC
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Barbara Howe has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where she stands on the issues she may face if elected.

What is the Political Courage Test?

North Carolina Gubernatorial Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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?
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:

Abortion is a sensitive issue with good faith arguments on both sides. I will do all I can to reduce abortion through lower taxation, easier adoption laws, and better education. I favor persuasion over coercion. I also oppose any taxpayer dollars being used for abortion. It is particularly unconscionable to force people morally opposed to abortion to pay for them.

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 Decreasea) Education (higher)
Greatly Decreaseb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Decreasec) Environment
Greatly Decreased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Maintain Statusf) Transportation/infrastructure
Greatly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

I want to get government out of as many areas of our lives as possible. Free market solutions will do a much better job at providing education, protecting the environment, and providing healthcare.

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.
Eliminatea) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Cigarette taxes
Eliminatec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gas/Oil taxes
Eliminatee) Property taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Sales taxes
Eliminateg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Eliminateh) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Eliminatei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Noj) Should North Carolina increase its sales tax to support education programs?
i) Other or expanded categories:

As a Libertarian, I want government limited strictly to protecting individual rights. With a strictly limited government, the need for revenue is greatly reduced. Where possible, taxes should be replaced with user fees, much like the gas tax is a user fee to maintain roads.

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

The only way to stabilize the budget is to greatly reduce spending. Get the state government out of those areas that are better left to a market economy. Primarily fund a court system and a police force. Fund roads through user fees.

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
No1) Individual
No2) Political Action Committee
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
Nob) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Noc) 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?
e) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
Yesf) Should a referendum among affected residents be required for annexation approval?
g) Other or expanded principles:

If we have a government reduced to the essential functions that government should do (protecting individual rights, but otherwise staying out of people's lives), the issues with campaign finance are greatly reduced. We are concerned with the amount of money contributed because we feel that people and companies are buying influence. If there is no influence to buy, the problem essentially goes away.

I have no fundamental problem with voter id, but I am concerned with its implementation and the possibility of disenfranchising some voters.

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?
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:

The drug war is a failure, much like the war on alcohol in the early 20th century. It is time to end it.

Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Nob) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Noc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Nod) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Noe) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
g) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) 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 corporal punishment be allowed in public schools?
Yese) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
Yesf) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Nog) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Yesh) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from North Carolina high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
i) Other or expanded principles:

I prefer tuition tax credits over vouchers. Tax credits can be taken by any taxpayer to provide a scholarship to any child to attend any school. There will be more information available at my website, barbarahowe.net.

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 legalizing hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" in North Carolina?
Nod) Do you support state funding for improvements to North Carolina's energy infrastructure?
Noe) 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:

The best avenue to protect the environment is through vigorous protection of property rights. Firms and individuals must be held strictly accountable for the damage they do. Our current policy of a one size fits all regulation inhibits innovation. Companies, especially big companies, can simply figure the costs of fines into their operating expenses and don't have incentives to reduce their damage.

I favor allowing fracking under two conditions. Absolutely no taxpayer money to companies doing fracking and companies must be held 100% liable for any damage they do.

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:

I am 100% in support of your right to self-defense. Gun ownership is one avenue for exercising that right.

Noa) 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?
Noc) 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:

While I understand that we all want access to the best possible health care, we must also understand that healthcare is a product just like so many other things in life. Government needs to reduce its involvement in healthcare by greatly reducing licensing requirements and ending mandates to what insurance companies must cover.

I don't support limits on malpractice lawsuits, but I do support "loser pays" reform to curb frivolous suits.

Noa) Should marriage between one man and one woman be the only domestic legal union recognized in North Carolina?
b) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in North Carolina's anti-discrimination laws?
c) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in North Carolina's anti-discrimination laws?
d) Other or expanded principles:

Government should be out of the marriage business altogether. The only role government should play is in enforcing the contracts between consenting adult.

I believe in freedom of association so I do not support anti-discrimination laws.

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. Increase school choice by allowing taxpayers to direct their tax dollars to provide scholarships for children to attend any school of the parent's choice.

2. Improve business climate in NC by greatly reducing regulations, licensing laws, and taxes.

3. End the use of tax incentives to lure business to NC.

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