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Matt Rosendale's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: Auditor (MT), Republican
Matt Rosendale has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 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 2018.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I’m unashamed to be pro-life in all circumstances, no exceptions." https://www.mattformontana.com/preserve-our-montana-way-life (www.mattformontana.com)
  • "I’m unashamed to be pro-life in all circumstances, no exceptions." https://www.mattformontana.com/preserve-our-montana-way-life (www.mattformontana.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

  • "I’ll fight to reduce taxes and allow hard-working Americans to keep the money they’ve earned." https://www.mattformontana.com/expand-economy (www.mattformontana.com)
  • "I’ll fight to reduce taxes and allow hard-working Americans to keep the money they’ve earned." https://www.mattformontana.com/expand-economy (www.mattformontana.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I’m honored to have Ambassador John Bolton’s support. Time to stop messing around and do what’s right for the country in the Senate. I'll support our troops and vote to strengthen our military! #SupportOurTroops #SupportOurMilitary #SupportOurVeterans #AmericaFirst #mtpol" https://twitter.com/MattForMontana/status/951522446468771840 (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congress needs to stop spending money we don't have. Every day Montana families have to make tough choices with their budgets. As the only candidate in the race who has a record of cutting spending in the Montana budget, you can count on my record as evidence that I will fight to restore fiscal conservative leadership and balance the budget." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/856715/issue-position-cutting-spending#.W3smsmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Trump tax cuts mean business, and I do too." https://www.facebook.com/MattForMontana/videos/1993172207384149/ (www.facebook.com)
  • "The Trump tax cuts mean business, and I do too." https://www.facebook.com/MattForMontana/videos/1993172207384149/ (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mt. Family Foundation presenting program for School Choice Week in Billings. Ultimately, parents should have final word. #education #mtpol" https://twitter.com/MattForMontana/status/429064829970567168 (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy & Environment: 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 Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our communities that depend on the natural resource industries are being decimated by environmentalist lawsuits and big government regulations that kill jobs. I’ve always been a strong supporter of responsible resource development and I’ll continue in the Senate." https://www.mattformontana.com/protect-montanas-outdoor-heritage (www.mattformontana.com)
  • "Our communities that depend on the natural resource industries are being decimated by environmentalist lawsuits and big government regulations that kill jobs. I’ve always been a strong supporter of responsible resource development and I’ll continue in the Senate." https://www.mattformontana.com/protect-montanas-outdoor-heritage (www.mattformontana.com)
  • "I will also work to repeal regulations that burden our businesses and families, just like I did in the Montana Legislature, where I earned the title 'Champion of Business' from the Montana Chamber of Commerce." https://www.mattformontana.com/expand-economy (www.mattformontana.com)
  • "I will also work to repeal regulations that burden our businesses and families, just like I did in the Montana Legislature, where I earned the title 'Champion of Business' from the Montana Chamber of Commerce." https://www.mattformontana.com/expand-economy (www.mattformontana.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights was crystal clear. I will always protect our right to own firearms and fight any attempt from Washington D.C. to infringe on that. " https://www.mattformontana.com/protect-montanas-outdoor-heritage (www.mattformontana.com)
  • "The 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights was crystal clear. I will always protect our right to own firearms and fight any attempt from Washington D.C. to infringe on that. " https://www.mattformontana.com/protect-montanas-outdoor-heritage (www.mattformontana.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must repeal Obamacare – fully repeal." https://www.mattformontana.com/expand-economy (www.mattformontana.com)
  • "We must repeal Obamacare – fully repeal." https://www.mattformontana.com/expand-economy (www.mattformontana.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It’s time to get serious about protecting our borders and stopping illegal immigration. Build the wall, enforce our laws and secure our border." https://www.mattformontana.com/defend-our-nation (www.mattformontana.com)
  • "It’s time to get serious about protecting our borders and stopping illegal immigration. Build the wall, enforce our laws and secure our border." https://www.mattformontana.com/defend-our-nation (www.mattformontana.com)
Yes Inferred 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

  • "Build the wall, enforce our laws and secure our border." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1250324/issue-position-secure-our-border#.W3snAmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? 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 National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? 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 National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? 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

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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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.

Montana State Legislative Election 2012 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 generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yesb) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
Noc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Nod) 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.
Slightly Decreasea) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decreasec) Environment
Slightly Decreased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Slightly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Greatly Decreaseg) 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
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gas/Oil taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories:
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:
Noa) 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?
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?
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?
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?
g) Other or expanded principles:

I support infrastructure programs (water/sewer/roads) because they are necessary for the continued growth of our state and nation, NOT just for the purposes of busy work. Without adequate infrastructure, all commerce suffers. I support tax breaks or incentives for companies that provide industries we need, and have difficulty attracting, that can demonstrate their ability to provide jobs for Montanans. I support a regulatory environment which is clear so that developers of land ,or, resources have predictability and can determine exactly what the requirements are to do business here.

Yesa) 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?
Yesd) 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 Montana high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) 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 state funding for improvements to Montana's energy infrastructure?
Nod) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Do you support increasing the means by which hunters may take wolves in order to promote greater management?
Nof) Should Montana reintroduce bison on public lands?
Nog) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
h) Other or expanded principles:

I feel that the best support we can provide is a clear and concise regulatory environment that developers of any type can navigate without surprises.

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) 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:

I feel that any mentally stable, law abiding CITIZEN of the United States should be able to own the number and type of firearms that they choose.

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) 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?
Yesg) Do you support increased restrictions on the production of medical marijuana in Montana?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Medical Marijuana should be handled like any other prescription drug. Prescribed by a doctor, manufactured in a state authorized and monitored facility, distributed by a pharmacy. If this can not be achieved, than its use shouldn't be allowed.

Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Montana's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Montana's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:

All discrimination is wrong, however, so is preferential treatment.

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 priorities will still be infrastructure and the economy, as I believe they are interrelated. The state still needs to direct more funds into this area which will allow smaller communities to address these issues without federal support, which is both problematic and limited. Communities with adequate infrastructure will continue to expand both tax base and job opportunities. Property Rights must be respected and in many cases restored. I intend to devote much of my time to legislation which addresses this issue which is paramount to the preservation of our personal freedoms.

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