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Mark Hargrove's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State House (WA) - 47 Position 1, Republican
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Mark Hargrove has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Washington State Legislative Election 2010 Political Courage 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.

Pro-lifea) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Noc) 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?
Nog) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Yesh) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles

An innocent human life should never be terminated, except in the extreme case where a doctor must make the difficult decision of whether to save a mother or her baby. My first choice is that parents would be responsible for all sexual education. If any sexual education is taught in schools, parents should always have the right to opt their children out. I am open to discussion on what precisely should be taught in schools.

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.
Maintain Statusa) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decreasec) Environment
Slightly Decreased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusf) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseg) Welfare
Greatly Decreaseh) Other or expanded categories

We have a spending problem in Washington State and need to reduce it. However, it is difficult to categorize the necessary cuts neatly into the categories of this question. I am certain that we are spending our money inefficiently and on programs that are beyond the scope of government's purpose. As a general rule, we need to reduce bureaucracy and government work that can be done better by the private sector. Welfare reductions would be by improving efficiency and eliminating fraud.

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.
Slightly Decreasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreased) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Sales taxes
Greatly Decreaseg) Other or expanded categories

The recent tax increases in various categories were unnecessary and were the result of excessive spending. As we reduce spending, we will be able to reduce taxes. A priority needs to be reducing the burden on small businesses, by replacing the B&O tax with a more fair tax on profits, not just revenue.

3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Washington's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Washington's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Instituting an income tax on high-earners
Noc) Extending the suspension of Initiative 960, the Taxpayer Protection Act
Nod) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Noe) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yesf) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Nog) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesh) Privatizing certain government services
i) Other or expanded principles

Reducing the size of the government is the way to go.

Yesa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Washington governors?
Yesb) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Washington state legislators?
c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Party
Yesd) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
f) Other or expanded principles

In general I am for maximum freedom and free speech, which would mean no limits on campaign contributions. However, I do hate the idea of "buying" elections. Although we say that if we don't like someone in office, we should just vote them out, I find that the power of the incumbency makes this much more difficult than the founders intended.

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?
Noc) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Yesd) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Yese) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yesf) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support the privatization of liquor sales?
Noc) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Nod) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yese) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nog) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
h) Other or expanded principles

While some of my answers may sound harsh, we must stick to key principles. Individuals are primarily responsible for their own well being. Government's purpose is to keep them safe and free to pursue their own happiness. If government remains limited and spending remains low, more businesses thrive, more jobs and better pay are available. By financial incentives to the private sector, I mean reducing taxes, not handing out money. And the purpose of infrastructure projects should be to promote the general welfare and support free enterprise.

Yesa) Do you support national education standards?
Yesb) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Yesc) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Noe) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nof) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Washington high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles

While I want as many students as possible to be able to afford college, financial aid is beyond the purpose of government. There are better ways to reduce costs, so more students can afford college.

Noa) 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 providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Nod) Do you support state funding for improvements to Washington's energy infrastructure?
Noe) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nof) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles

I answered no to a, b and d, because state spending is out of control and the resultant tax burden on businesses is inhibiting profitability. While I am open to discussion on these topics, in general, I feel that reducing the tax and regulatory burden on energy companies is the better way to encourage the private sector to improve our energy situation.

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
Noe) Do you support a ban on assault weapons?
f) Other or expanded principles

We need to make sure that we are not inhibiting law-abiding private citizens from exercising their second amendment rights to protect themselves.

Noa) 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) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) Do you support continuing to allow physician-assisted suicide in Washington?
Nog) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Should Washington continue to allow same-sex couples to form domestic partnerships?
Noc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Nod) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Noe) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Nof) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Washington's anti-discrimination laws?
Nog) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Washington's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles

I have no problem with adult stem cell research. My only concern is that public funding for this research is outside the scope of government's purpose and may be better funded by the private sector.

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 reduce out of control government spending with its resultant excessive taxing and burden on small businesses which is killing our economy eliminating jobs. Acting on our State Auditors recommendations and reducing state bureaucracy added over the past few years are initial steps to this end.

Closely related is my second priority of reducing education bureaucracy so more money and decision making are moved to the local level. Following other states and the Seattle Education Association's leads, "innovation" type schools will give parents more choice and encourage their involvement.

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