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Vivian Watts' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State House (VA) - District 39, Democratic
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Vivian Watts has responded to the Political Courage Test, providing voters with clear stances on key issues.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Virginia State Legislative Election 2013 Political Courage Test

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?
e) 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?
Noi) Should an ultrasound be required prior to an abortion?
j) Other or expanded principles:

e) I support parental notification if there is a judicial over-ride as currently provided by statute in Virginia. I) Of course, ultrasound should be used as medically necessary and with the woman's consent, but it should not be required.

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)
Slightly Increasec) Environment
Slightly Increased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Maintain Statusf) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
Greatly Increaseh) Other or expanded categories:

Mental Health
Nursing Home Staffing

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
Greatly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increased) Gas/Oil taxes
Maintain Statuse) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories:

g), h), i) are related to the need to adjust Virginia's income tax brackets with inflation as we do with federal income taxes.

3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Virginia's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into Virginia's "rainy day" fund
b) 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?
No1) Individual
No2) Political Action Committee
No3) Corporate
No4) 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?
Noe) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Do you support allowing governors to serve consecutive terms?
Yesg) Do you support the automatic restoration of voting rights to non-violent felons upon completion of their terms?
h) 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?
e) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
f) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles:

f) Until (1) ICE has the funding and the manpower to retain and deport those with criminal records and (2) Congress has an effective internet database in place to check legal status, it does not make sense to spend state and local money to try to enforce immigration laws more broadly, only to see those detained, released by ICE pending a hearing for which many will not show. Hopefully, ICE will act in ALL cases to deport those with a criminal offense record whom we detain.

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 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:

a) must be a detailed, subject-specific public policy decision

Yesa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yesb) 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?
Yesg) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Virginia high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

a) in conjunction with reforming the SOL g) if the student is applying for legal status and parents have paid Virginia taxes, Other: students who are home schooled, in a charter school, or in a private school must past the same standard tests required for public K-12

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)?
c) Do you support state funding for improvements to Virginia'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?
Nof) Should uranium mining be permitted in Virginia?
g) Other or expanded principles:

- Development of off-shore wind power generation
- Energy conservation incentives
- Incentives to develop clean coal technology
- Expanded transit of all types
- Telecommuting

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:
a) 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?
c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Yesd) 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?
g) Other or expanded principles:
a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Virginia's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Virginia'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.

I am closely monitoring the expenditure of the long-awaited, substantial transportation funding we achieved to make sure it is targeted to most effectively address congestion, transit service, and crumbling streets. However, adopting a two-year budget is a major focus of first year of a Governor?s term. I am most concerned about restoring education funding to per pupil spending levels of the state prior to 2008 and assuring that needed services for intellectually and developmentally disabled are available in the most appropriate setting. Finally, community mental health services are essential both for prevention and to support Wounded Warriors and their families.

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