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Matt Connolly's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Matt Connolly has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2016.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "He is solidly pro – life, pro 2nd amendment and as a businessman has the discipline to get the economy going." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/ (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
  • "[...] I'm pro-2nd amendment, pro-life, pro-school choice and don't support gay marriage (civil unions are the solution)." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/why-am-i-running-.html (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
  • "He is solidly pro – life, pro 2nd amendment and as a businessman has the discipline to get the economy going." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/ (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
  • "[...] I'm pro-2nd amendment, pro-life, pro-school choice and don't support gay marriage (civil unions are the solution)." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/why-am-i-running-.html (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Here's a stimulus idea - drop the corporate tax to 20%. Let the money and jobs flow back to the USA." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/why-am-i-running-.html (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
  • "Here's a stimulus idea - drop the corporate tax to 20%. Let the money and jobs flow back to the USA." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/why-am-i-running-.html (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Every time tax rates are lowered, revenue increases. The country simply goes back to work." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/matt-on-the-issues.html (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
  • "Every time tax rates are lowered, revenue increases. The country simply goes back to work." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/matt-on-the-issues.html (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
  • "Here's a stimulus idea - drop the corporate tax to 20%. Let the money and jobs flow back to the USA." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/why-am-i-running-.html (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
  • "Here's a stimulus idea - drop the corporate tax to 20%. Let the money and jobs flow back to the USA." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/why-am-i-running-.html (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Keystone XL Pipeline should have approved years ago." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/matt-on-the-issues.html (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
  • "The Keystone XL Pipeline should have approved years ago." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/matt-on-the-issues.html (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
  • “[...] the president won't even approve the Keystone pipeline which would lower fuel and electricity costs.” http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/press-release.html (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
  • “[...] the president won't even approve the Keystone pipeline which would lower fuel and electricity costs.” http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/press-release.html (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Radical environmentalism and fear mongering do not create jobs or support families." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/matt-on-the-issues.html (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
  • "There are also way too many regulations in this country. [...] Other countries will gladly allow us to build factories and hire their locals. These factories should be in this country with our citizens working in them, but the environmental lobby and the alternative energy movement won't allow it. We must stand up to these groups." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/why-am-i-running-.html (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "He is solidly pro – life, pro 2nd amendment and as a businessman has the discipline to get the economy going." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/ (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
  • "[...] I'm pro-2nd amendment, pro-life, pro-school choice and don't support gay marriage (civil unions are the solution)." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/why-am-i-running-.html (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “It must be repealed and true patient centered reforms, including tort reform, must be enacted.” http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/why-am-i-running-.html (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
  • "Work to repeal job killing Obamacare and promote patient centered healthcare policies." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/ (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] I'm pro-2nd amendment, pro-life, pro-school choice and don't support gay marriage (civil unions are the solution)." http://www.mattconnollyforcongress.com/why-am-i-running-.html (www.mattconnollyforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Pennsylvania 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?
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 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

The only time abortion should be considered is when the woman did not consent or if the mother's life is in danger. Other than that, regardless of the precautions taken, the unborn is innocent and should be carried to term.

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
Greatly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

Taxes should be lowered in all areas, especially business and property taxes.

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
Greatly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreased) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatee) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories

The role of government is not to redistribute wealth but to allow the citizens to spend thier own money as they choose. This leads to business growth and entrepreneurship which ultimately increases tax revenue via growth.

3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Pennsylvania's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Pennsylvania's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Noc) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yesd) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Yese) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesf) Privatizing certain government services
g) Other or expanded principles

Eliminate waste - it is a cliche but we should start with zero based budgets, not an increase from the previous year automatically. There should be rewards for departments that give back unused funds instead of using them wastefully so they don't get a lower amount the following year. All welfare recipients should take drug tests and prove citizenship and be tracked to make sure they are not getting welfare from multiple sources.

Yesa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Pennsylvania governors?
Yesb) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Pennsylvania state legislators?
Yesc) Do you support reducing the size of the General Assembly?
d) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
Yese) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yesf) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
g) Other or expanded principles

Term limits will reduce corruption and keep people in who deal in the real world and bring that to the capitol.

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?
Noe) 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

I support Arizona's immigration policy and would like to see it here.

Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Nob) 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?
Noe) 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?
Nog) Do you support the taxation of cigars and smokeless tobacco?
h) Other or expanded principles

Less government is best. Lower taxes, reduce gov't interference and let people pursue their goals and create jobs and industry as a natural byproduct.

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?
Yese) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nof) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Pennsylvania high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles
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 Pennsylvania'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
Yesa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) 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?
Yesd) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles
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 legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Pennsylvania?
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?
Yesb) Should Pennsylvania allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
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 Pennsylvania's anti-discrimination laws?
Nog) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Pennsylvania's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles
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 would vote to advance the Marcellus Shale gas production program to greatly reduce our dependency on foriegn oil. I would like to reduce and freeze property taxes for seniors and even give them the option to not pay for them at all (but allow the current rate to accumulate against the value of their home. The taxes will be paid in full when the home sells.) I would reduce corporate taxes to attract business to PA. The increase in commerce would result in greater revenue to the state.

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