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Bob Godfrey's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State House (CT) - District 110, Democratic Deputy Speaker
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Bob Godfrey has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2014 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Connecticut State Legislative Election 2014 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?
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.
Slightly Increasea) Education (higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Greatly Increased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Greatly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
g) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

Connecticut eliminated and replaced 'welfare' n the 1990s.

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
g) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded principles:

Connecticut's income tax does not apply to low-income families.

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:
a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
1) Individual
2) Political Action Committee
3) Corporate
4) Political Party
b) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
c) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nod) 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:

Connecticut has had pubic financing of state campaigns through this and the last three election cycles. It limits donations for state representative to no more than $100. Candidates who participate must keep spending to within the financing of the Citizens Election Program.

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 legalizing 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:

Connecticut abolished the death penalty, although I opposed it. we've long had alternative sentencing. We decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana (it's an infraction with a small fine) and legalized medical or palliative use of marijuana. We already dealt with juvenile justice and 'sexting'.

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?
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 government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yesf) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Yesg) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Which regulations? Connecticut has already increased the minimum wage, the first in the nation to accept President Obama's challenge in the spring of 2014.

a) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Nob) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesc) 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?
Nog) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Connecticut high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Which parts of Common Core?

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 Connecticut's energy infrastructure?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
f) Other or expanded principles:
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:

Connecticut requires permits to carry, but not for mere possession.

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?
Yesd) Do you support Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act?
Yese) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Nof) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesg) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Should terminally ill patients be able to legally end their lives?
i) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yesb) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Connecticut's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Connecticut's anti-discrimination laws?
d) Other or expanded principles:

Connecticut provided for same-sex marriages a decade ago, included sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws two decades ago, and gender identity recently.

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) Jobs and the economy
2) Education
3) Protecting senior citizens

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