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Kristi Saint Laurent's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Kristi Saint Laurent has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests.

What is the Political Courage Test?

New Hampshire 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-choicea) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Yesb) 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?
Nof) 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?
Noh) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles

I would never have or recommend an abortion. However, I acknowledge that others feel differently and current law reflects that. I would work for more integrated counseling so girls aren't making the decision at home, alone - deciding which clinic to go to is tantamount to making your decision in most cities. With proper support I think women would more frequently choose to carry to term and infertile couples could adopt. Adoption laws need to better support the adoptive parents and child. I would recommend seeking parental consent with stringent protocols in the event the mother's life is in danger.

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)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Slightly Increased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusf) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
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 Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increased) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
f) Other or expanded categories
3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing New Hampshire's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into New Hampshire's "rainy day" fund
Yesb) 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
Noe) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesf) Privatizing certain government services
g) Other or expanded principles

The early release of prisioners is desiged to lop off the last nine months of a sentence and to provide treatment for them in the community during the show. The goal is to decrease recidivism (going back to jail). This plan is solid and should realize cost savings as well. I would only consider mandatory furloughs and layoffs as a last resort. Privatizing certain aspects of government service should be done carefully only when there is a cost savings and the quality of the work is taken into consideration.

Noa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for New Hampshire governors?
Yesb) Do you support limits on the number of terms for New Hampshire 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
Nod) 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
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) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Nod) 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
Noa) Do you support establishing a state income tax?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support the expansion of state-regulated gaming?
Yesd) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Noe) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesf) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Nog) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Noh) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
i) Other or expanded principles
Noa) 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 New Hampshire high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles

National education standards move control from the states. However, and exit exam would help capture some baseline results from around the country to compare and contrast national trends. I do support some charter schools to target special student populations but not too many which may dilute the regular schools. I am all for college aid to encourage higher education. The immigrants' question is tough. Without higher education they are more likely to remail on aid lists. If they go (because they can afford in state tuition) they may be taking a US citizen's seat.

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)?
Noc) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for improvements to New Hampshire's energy infrastructure?
Yese) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yesf) 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?
Noc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles

I see a place for restrictions on the purchase of guns for safety reasons, and to have a paper trail. I am split on the background check. I would like to know that any gun I sold is going to be used spontaneously.

Yesa) 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?
Noc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Yesd) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesf) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in New Hampshire?
Yesg) 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 New Hampshire continue to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yese) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Yesf) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New Hampshire's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesg) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in New Hampshire's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles

My world view is that marriage should only be between one man and one woman. However, the state is not made up of people exactly like me. Marriage is a right now and I have a hard time taking away this away from anyone. The state is made up of many people with many personalities.

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 represent the taxpayers, not a party or special iterest. I want to bring fresh perspecives and ideas to help carry NH forward throught the remainder of the recession. I do not intend to institute an income tax - that is a lie by my opponent. With so much opposition to the tax it is just a mental exercise, but a full examination of the tax burden borne by our elderly and the under- and unemployed will help to identify new solutions.

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