Rhode Island State Legislative Election 2016 Political Courage Test
|Pro-choice||a) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?|
|No||b) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?|
|Yes||c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?|
|Yes||d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?|
|No||e) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?|
|No||f) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?|
|No||g) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?|
|No||h) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?|
|i) Other or expanded principles:|
On e) and f) While I believe minors will do best with parental support in these critical decisions, I am also aware that some minors do not have parents who can be suppportive. Sadly, some parents are abusive or allow abuse of their children. The crucial word for me in these questions is 'require.'
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 Increase||a) Education (higher)|
|Slightly Increase||b) Education (K-12)|
|Slightly Increase||c) Environment|
|Slightly Increase||d) Health care|
|Maintain Status||e) Law enforcement/corrections|
|Slightly Increase||f) Transportation/infrastructure|
|Slightly Increase||g) Welfare|
|h) Other or expanded categories:|
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 Status||a) Alcohol taxes|
|Maintain Status||b) Cigarette taxes|
|Maintain Status||c) Corporate taxes|
|Maintain Status||d) Small business taxes|
|Maintain Status||e) Gas/Oil taxes|
|Slightly Decrease||f) Property taxes|
|Maintain Status||g) Sales taxes|
|Slightly Decrease||h) Income taxes (low-income families)|
|Maintain Status||i) Income taxes (mid-income families)|
|Slightly Increase||j) Income taxes (high-income families)|
|Yes||k) Do you support applying sales taxes to all online purchases?|
|l) Other or expanded principles:|
j) I would increase taxes on those with incomes greater than $250,000 per year.
a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
|Yes||2) Political Action Committee|
|Yes||4) Political Party|
|b) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?|
|Yes||c) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?|
|Yes||d) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?|
|No||e) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?|
|f) Other or expanded principles:|
I sponsored the legislation, now law, which makes campaign finance information available to the public on the internet.
I'd like to see, and have sponsored legislation for public funding for candidates for the General Assembly.
|No||a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?|
|Yes||b) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?|
|Yes||c) Do you support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?|
|No||d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?|
|No||e) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?|
|Yes||f) Do you support delaying the seizure of assets by law enforcement officials until after a conviction?|
|g) Other or expanded principles:|
d) RI law allows the state attorney general to petition the court to be allowed to prosecute minors as adults. I do not think minors should automatically be tried as adults when accused of a violent crime.
|Yes||a) Do you support government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?|
|b) Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?|
|c) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?|
|Yes||d) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?|
|e) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?|
|No||f) Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?|
|Yes||g) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?|
|Yes||h) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?|
|Yes||i) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage?|
|No||j) Should employers be able to ask about applicants' criminal history before interviewing them?|
|k) Other or expanded principles:|
I am not convinced that lowering taxes promotes economic growth significantly. I do think lowering taxes for low and middle income folks increases local spending and can make lives better. But, I'm not sure the economy is significantly effected.
Most regulations have been put in place for the public good. Regulations should be reviewed and elliminated or revised if found to be appropriate.
|a) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?|
|b) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?|
|Yes||c) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?|
|No||d) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?|
|Yes||e) Do you support state funding for charter schools?|
|Yes||f) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?|
|Yes||g) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Rhode Island high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?|
|h) Other or expanded principles:|
Regarding merit pay, if a method of measuring merit were developed that was truly fair to students and teachers, I would certainly consider it.
|Yes||a) Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?|
|No||b) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?|
|c) Do you support state funding for improvements to Rhode Island's energy infrastructure?|
|Yes||d) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?|
|Yes||e) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?|
|Yes||f) Do you support increased regulations of the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?|
|g) Other or expanded principles:|
|Yes||a) Do you generally support gun-control legislation?|
|Yes||b) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?|
|Yes||c) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?|
|Yes||d) Should a license be required for gun possession?|
|e) Other or expanded principles:|
I've sponsored and co-sponsored gun control legislation to limit the number of guns purchased per month, to prevent individuals with concealed carry permits from taking guns on school grounds, to prevent domestic abusers from possessing guns and to limit sale of high capacity magazines.
|Yes||a) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?|
|Yes||b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?|
|c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?|
|Yes||d) Do you support Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?|
|Yes||e) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?|
|Yes||f) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?|
|Yes||g) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?|
|h) Other or expanded principles:|
|Yes||a) Do you support same-sex marriage?|
|Yes||b) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Rhode Island's anti-discrimination laws?|
|Yes||c) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Rhode Island's anti-discrimination laws?|
|d) Other or expanded principles:|
RI is a national leader in these issues. I am proud to have been a part of the effort.
|In the following area, 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.|
If re-elected, I will continue working to preserve and protect our civil rights and civil liberties. Sometimes this means opposing bad legislation or working to amend a difficult bill.