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Steven L. Levy

Steven Levy's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Steven L. Levy
Gender: Male
Family: Married, Wife: Sharon; 2 Children: Rebecca, Ashley
Birth Date: 03/09/1965
Birth Place: Revere, MA
Home City: Marlborough, MA
Religion: Protestant
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Steven Levy has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Massachusetts State Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifea) 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?
Yese) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesf) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesg) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
Yesh) 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.
Maintain Statusa) Education (higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Slightly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:
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
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreased) Gas/Oil taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Slightly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories:
3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Massachusetts's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into Massachusetts'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:

I do not seek to reduce salaries or pensions but we need pension reform to stop the fraud and abuse that is costing tax payers millions. We should eliminate pensions for elected officials. And we should evaluate a defined contribution plan rather than defined benefits for all future employees. We need to end Project Labor Agreements, the Pacheco Law and prevailing wage laws that make the cost of government projects more expensive than they need to be.

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 the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
Yese) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Other or expanded principles:
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?
Yesd) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Noe) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Nof) Do you support allowing for more judicial discretion in Massachusetts's "three strikes" law?
Yesg) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
h) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) 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?
Noc) 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 increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Yesg) Do you support allowing bars and restaurants to offer daily or hourly discounts on alcoholic beverages?
Noh) Do you support extending the state's 5-cent deposit law to plastic water bottles and other non-carbonated beverages?
i) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yesb) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
Noc) 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?
Yese) 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 Massachusetts high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:
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)?
Noc) Do you support state funding for improvements to Massachusetts's energy infrastructure?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Noe) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
f) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) 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?
Yesd) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:

I support our 2nd amendment right to own and possess guns but also support reasonable regulations to ensure we can track guns used in crimes and that criminals are unable to acquire one.

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?
Nod) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) 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?
Nog) Do you support the legalization of physician-assisted suicide for those with a terminal diagnosis and less than six months to live?
h) Other or expanded principles:

I believe a publicly administered health insurance should be available as an option for those who cannot obtain coverage otherwise but I do not support single payer insurance. I support medical marijuana but I do not support Question 3 which is not about compassion but creating 35 smoke shops across the Commonwealth and will lead to widespread misrepresentation and abuse of the drug. If we want medical marijuana, it should be prescribed by a doctor and disensed through pharmacies like other drugs.

Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should Massachusetts continue to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Massachusetts's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Massachusetts's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:

I believe marriage is a religious sacrament that should be reserved for religious institutions and I was raised to believe as such it is a relationship between one man and one woman. In order to ensure fair and equal treatment of all citizens, government should only engage in civil unions for any two people who wish to share their lives. Under such a union, any two people who commit to a relationship should be afforded the same rights and privileges. I am opposed to any form of discrimination but fear when government creates protected classes that lead to unintended consequences.

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 top priority is to be a voice for fiscal responsibility and accountability. As an accountant, I want to use my experience to ensure that state spending is effective, productive and free of waste, fraud and abuse.

A 2nd priority is to promote better government through transparency and accountability. The open meetinglaw should apply to the legislature just as it does to municipal government. Every discussion and vote of commmittees and the legislative bodies should be public.

My 3rd priority is to ensure that our Sex Offender laws are updated so offenses against children are met with appropriate sentencing.

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