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Gregory 'Greg' S. Harris

Greg Harris' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Gregory 'Greg' S. Harris
Office: State House (IL) - District 13, Democratic
First Elected: 2006
Last Elected: 2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State House - District 13
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 18, 2014
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 06/05/1955
Birth Place: Denver, CO
Home City: Chicago, IL
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Illinois State Legislative Election 2010 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 consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) 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?
e) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
f) 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

#e and f. There are occasions of domestic violence and sexual abuse in the home where notification of clergy, other close relative or counselor may be safer for the child.

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.
Slightly Decreasea) Education (higher)
Slightly Decreaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decreasec) Environment
Slightly Decreased) Health care
Slightly Decreasee) Law enforcement
Slightly Decreasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

All non-critical functions must be reduced or eliminated during our current budget crisis, as well as using strategic borrowing and targeted, progressive revenue increases and Medicaid and pension reforms.

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.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increasec) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increased) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Slightly Increasef) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories

Illinois need to look at progressive income taxes with protections for low and moderate income households, reductions in reliance on property tax, and joining our neighboring states by taxing some services.

3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Illinois' budget.
Yesa) Tapping into Illinois' "rainy day" fund
Yesb) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Noc) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yesd) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Noe) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesf) Privatizing certain government services
g) Other or expanded principles

All non-critical functions must be reduced or eliminated during our current budget crisis, as well as using strategic borrowing and targeted, progressive revenue increases and Medicaid and pension reforms.

Yesa) Do you support eliminating the position of lieutenant governor?
Nob) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Illinois governors?
Noc) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Illinois state legislators?
Nod) Do you support limits on the number of terms for the four top legislative leadership positions?
e) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Party
Yes5) Legislative Leader
f) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yesg) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
h) Other or expanded principles
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?
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?
f) Do you support requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets?
Nog) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
h) Other or expanded principles

#d and e depend on the specific circumstances of the case in question. Your statement is to broad for a yes or no answer

a) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Should video gambling be legal in Illinois?
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 is overly broad and cannot be answered yes or no

a) Do you support national education standards?
b) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
c) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
d) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
e) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Illinois high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesb) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yesc) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for improvements to Illinois' 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
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?
Noc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles
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?
d) 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 legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Illinois?
Yesg) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should Illinois allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
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 Illinois' anti-discrimination laws?
Yesg) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Illinois' 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.

1) Marriage Equality
2) Balanced Budget
3) Equal Access to Quality Healthcare

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