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Rick Scott's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: Governor (FL), Republican
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Florida Gubernatorial 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?
b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
d) 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?
f) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
g) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
h) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles
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.
a) Education (higher)
b) Education (K-12)
c) Environment
d) Health care
e) Law enforcement
f) Transportation and highway infrastructure
g) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

Facing a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall and a sluggish economy, we will look at every area of the state budget to see if our state tax dollars are being spent efficiently on effective programs. We will perform a top to bottom review and examine every agency and fund programs that work well.

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.
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Cigarette taxes
c) Corporate taxes
d) Gasoline taxes
e) Property taxes
f) Sales taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

As Governor, I will eliminate the business income tax over seven years and reduce the state property tax by 19%.

3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Florida's budget.
a) Tapping into Florida's "rainy day" fund
b) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
c) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
d) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
e) Reducing pension benefits for state employees
f) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
g) Privatizing certain government services
h) Other or expanded principles

To stabilize the budget my administration will conduct a thorough review of all spending and only allocate tax dollars to programs and projects that achieve their intended goal and provide a necessary service to our citizens. We will implement efficiencies and drive down the cost of running the state government while still serving our citizens. By implementing my 777 plan which will reduce spending, implement accountability budgeting, and create a business friendly environment for our economy to grow, we will be able balance the budget and grow our tax base.

Yesa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Florida governors?
Yesb) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Florida state legislators?
c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
1) Individual
2) Political Action Committee
3) Corporate
4) Political Party
d) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
e) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
f) Other or expanded principles

I believe that individuals should be able to exercise their right to free speech by financially supporting the candidates they believe in.

a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
b) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
c) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
d) 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 for a first offense?
f) Should red light cameras be used to detect traffic violations?
g) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
h) Other or expanded principles

I support the death penalty for heinous crimes and alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders - such as drug courts. I support bringing an AZ style immigration bill to Florida.

a) Should Florida repeal its ban on public funding of religious institutions?
b) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
c) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
d) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
e) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
f) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
g) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
h) Other or expanded principles

The best cure for our economic ills are jobs. My 7-step plan to create 700,000 jobs in 7 years will turn Florida around. I want to make Florida the job creation model for the nation.

a) Do you support national education standards?
b) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
c) Should students be permitted to lead prayers at noncompulsory public school events?
d) Do you support ending the practice of tenure for Florida public school teachers?
e) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
f) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
g) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
h) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Florida high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
i) Other or expanded principles

For Florida to attract business, compete effectively in the global economy, and create 21st century jobs, we must have an educated workforce. It is time to create an educational framework that is customized so that each student can reach his or her potential.

The key ingredients we need to do this include:

Measuring and Improving Student Readiness
Expanding School Choice
Virtual and Online Education
Mentoring Programs
Preparing A New Workforce

a) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
b) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
c) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
d) Do you support state funding for improvements to Florida's energy infrastructure?
e) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
f) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles

Floridians must realize that a personal investment in the environment provides them with an exponentially higher return in economic opportunity and quality of life. Our approach to environmental policy will rely on the following tenants:

- A stable regulatory environment is key
- Stewardship is a personal responsibility
- A free market should drive the diversification on our energy portfolio; government should not be too restrictive or prescriptive
- Florida should maintain its rights to protect our environment
- Environmental policy should be based and driven by sound science, not politics

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?
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 Florida?
Nog) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles
a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
b) Should Florida allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
c) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
d) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
e) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
f) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Florida's anti-discrimination laws?
g) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Florida's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles

I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. I oppose tax dollars being used to fund embryonic stem cell research.

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 when elected is to make Florida the number one state in the country for job creation and I will accomplish that through the implementation of my 777 economic plan - 7 Steps to 700,000 Jobs in 7 Years. By reducing regulation, cutting state spending, shrinking state government and eliminating the business tax we will make Florida the obvious choice for businesses looking to relocate and provide an environment that encourages businesses already based in Florida to grow and expand. Floridians want to work and my administration's top priority will be creating jobs.

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