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Robert Ruhl 'Rob' Simmons

Robert Ruhl Simmons' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Robert Ruhl 'Rob' Simmons
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Heidi; 2 Children: Jane, Robert
Birth Date: 02/11/1943
Birth Place: New York, NY
Home City: Stonington, CT
Religion: Episcopalian
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Connecticut State Legislative Election 1998 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.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
Xa) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
i) Other
Yesj) Should Connecticut government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:
Yesa) College and university admissions
Yesb) Public employment
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) End parole for repeat violent felons.
Xd) Support the death penalty.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
h) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xj) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
Xl) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
Xm) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
Xn) Allow persons with valid hunting or fishing licenses to legally carry knives with blades over four inches long.
o) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Strengthen Connecticut's anti-takeover laws to help businesses defend against hostile takeovers.
Xf) Provide state employees with a week paid vacation each year if they participate in volunteer community service.
g) Increase Connecticut's minimum wage.
h) Other
Yesi) Should insurance companies be able to increase auto insurance rates based on whether an individual lives in an urban area?
1. Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xd) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
Xf) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Xg) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
h) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
Xi) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xj) Allow students to be expelled for off-campus behavior.
k) Other
2. Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Hartford public schools.
a) Support bussing students across district lines in order for the state to meet its court-ordered obligation to integrate students in the Hartford public school system.
Xb) Support the expanded school-choice option as a means of desegregating Hartford public schools.
c) Increase funding to inner city schools.
Xd) Expand the Project Concern program, which encourages voluntary racial interaction between urban and suburban students.
Xe) Support the state's takeover of the Hartford school system.
f) Oppose the state's takeover of the Hartford school system.
g) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Provide funding for recycling programs in Connecticut.
f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
i) Other
j) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
a) Do you support limits on the number of terms of the following Connecticut officials?
No1) State Senators and Representatives
No2) Governor
b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
No1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nod) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noe) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
g) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xc) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
Xb) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
Xc) Provide health care to uninsured children by designing a children's health insurance program.
d) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
e) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
Xf) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xh) Increase monthly personal needs allowances for those in nursing homes being supported by the state.
Xi) Require HMOs to allow patients to continue seeing their doctor even if the doctor is no longer on the HMOs' list of providers.
Xj) Require health insurance plans which provide prescription drug coverage to also cover prescription contraception products.
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Xa) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
Xd) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xe) Favor banning smoking in public places.
f) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
Xg) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
h) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
i) Other
Yesj) Do you believe that the Connecticut government should include sexual orientation in Connecticut's anti-discrimination laws?
Undecidedk) Do you believe that the Connecticut government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.
Slightly Increasea) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (Higher)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Greatly Increased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasef) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other
Yesi) Do you support returning some of the state's budget surplus to the people of Connecticut by distributing refund checks?
Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Gas taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Maintain Statush) Sales taxes
i) Other
Yesj) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Nok) Do you support implementing statewide property taxes?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
a) Maintain the five-year time limit on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work within 24 months in order to receive benefits.
c) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
Xg) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
Xh) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Support the privatization of state welfare services.
k) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

If he is re-elected, Simmons said he intends to focus on several goals, including: restructuring tourism funding to include a reduction of the hotel occupancy tax and establishing a municipal hotel tax option; serving on the state Seafood Advisory Council to enhance the economic viability of commercial fishermen; working to reduce the state's gas taxes, which are still among the highest in the land; obtaining state support for the revitalization of downtown Pawcatuck; and crafting legislation which extends the mandatory school age and provides parents with more control over their 16-17-year-old "youths."

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