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Robert 'Bob' Godfrey

Bob Godfrey's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Robert 'Bob' Godfrey
Office: State House (CT) - District 110, Democratic Deputy Speaker
First Elected: 11/08/1988
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic, Working Families for State House - District 110
Primary Aug. 12, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 09/11/1948
Birth Place: Danbury, CT
Home City: Danbury, CT
Religion: Catholic
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Connecticut 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?
Yesb) 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:

I helped draft (and won awards for) Connecticut's laws that ensure that women are the ones to make the decisions about their own health. My intent continues to be to make abortions legal, safe, and rare. I also support age-appropriate reproductive education, school-based health clinics, pre-natal care, and early childhood care.

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.
Slightly Increasea) Education (higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Slightly Decreasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Greatly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
g) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

This question is way too simplistic, and contains errors; for example, Connecticut abolished welfare in the mid 90's. Our budget emphasis should be on job retention, job creation, and job training. So our investments should be in education and training, and in construction projects that put people to work, and improve Connecticut's ability to do business. We're also saving taxpayers money in law enfocement and corrections because crime is down, arrests are down, convictions are down, and prisoners are completing their sentances faster than new inmates are arriving.

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
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gas/Oil taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Sales taxes
Eliminateg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories:

Taxes must be more about fairness than revenues. IProperty taxes, the most regressive tax, barring per capita taxes, must be reformed. They're an eighteeth century idea, suitable for the nineteenth century, but unfair in the twenty-first century. Compare it to the progressive income tax: low income families currently pay none, which is good; high income families are not paying their fair share. Fuel taxes in Connecticut are user fees, every penny going into the transportation fund. However rising fuel efficiencies and alternative power are providing less funding. Taxpayers will need to decide what to do about this.

3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Connecticut's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Connecticut'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:

Spending reductions must first come from increased productivity, which includes investment in information technology, second from consolidating duplicative agencies, and third from direct access by users. If I can fill out forms for Vote Smart on the Internet, why shouldn't my constituents be able to the same with Motor Vehicles?

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) 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 greater public disclosure of donors for all organizations that seek to influence elections?
e) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
f) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
g) Other or expanded principles:

I am a grateful participant in Connecticut's Citizen Election Program, which has taken special interest money out of elections, and returned them to the people. I abhor the advent of super-pacs, a cancer on elections and campaigns. Redistricting is ten years away; I ahve no opinion now. Photo ID's: Their use for voter supression is an un-american abomination.

Yesa) 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:

Prosecuting minors as adults is a decision to be made on a case-by-case basis, not a blanket basis. Similarly, why would it be OK for a minor to send porn, but not an adult (aren't anti-porn laws about keeping porn away from minors?), and why just over a cell phone, and not some other medium?

a) 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?
c) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
d) 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:

Badly constructed questions. (a) What regulations, specifically? (c) Expanding access: do you mean someone who isn't eligible now? Someone who not already unemployed? If so, who specifically? (d) What kind of 'incentives' with what criteria? (f) What does 'direct financial assistance' mean: that taxpayers pay for someone's house because he or she can't afford it?

a) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
b) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
c) 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?
e) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesf) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
g) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Connecticut high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

(a) I'm not sufficiently familiar with the Commmon Core Standards to have an opinion. (b) Teachers should be paid for educating, not testing or being tested. (c) The purpose of tenure is NOT about effectiveness; it's about protecting teachers from politicians. (e) I'm unsure about charter schools; there's not enough evidence one way or the other that allows me to have an opinion. (g) Immigration policy is the exclusive constitutional duty of the federal government.

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 state funding for improvements to Connecticut'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?
f) Other or expanded principles:

With some limitations: state investment in energy businesses must be a part of investing in any and all opportunities to create and retain jobs. Funding for open space is best done, as we have done it, when we had a surplus and invested it in land, but not when we're running deficits.

a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
b) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
c) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
d) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:

You have made the error of lumping all 'guns' in this quesitons. There are and should be different criteria for handguns (license to carry which includes concealed, and background checks for purchase), hunting shotguns and rifles (little regulation: they have not been used in the commission of crimes), military-style assault weapons (ban of civilian ownership). And small children, convicts, aliens, and those adjudicated in a court of law as legally incompetent should not own firearms of any type.

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?
Noc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Yesd) 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:

Single-payer health insurance is the ideal. I'm more than willing to negotiate compromises that increase access, and, I hope, reduce costs (especially through lower overhead and decreased paperwork). Health care access and affordability are a very high priority for my constituents.

Noa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should Connecticut continue to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Connecticut's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Connecticut'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.

My priorities are clear (1) job creation, (2) job retention, (3) job training. Jobs fuel the economy. Once the economy improves, all of the other issues, concerns and problems will be much easier to deal with.

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