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Kurt Weiland's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-choice" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/168627/kurt-weiland/#.WwWwqa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/168627/kurt-weiland/#.WwWwqa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Money is a cancer on the electoral process. That's why the term was coined: "Buy an election." The line between campaign funding and bribery is too fine. " https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/168627/kurt-weiland/#.WwWwqa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support government spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" […] "Government spending ended the Great Depression. Government spending ending the (recent) Great Recession. It works." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/168627/kurt-weiland/#.WwWwqa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/168627/kurt-weiland/#.WwWwqa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Corprate Taxes " Greatly Increase" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/168627/kurt-weiland/#.WwWwqa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/168627/kurt-weiland/#.WwWwqa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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

  • Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/168627/kurt-weiland/#.WwWwqa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We—as concerned citizens, environmentalists, Democrats—must elect women and men at all levels—local, state, and federal—to fight for the land. We can do it. We must do it. We will do it." https://www.facebook.com/kurtforuscongress/posts/235069133930702 (www.facebook.com)
  • Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/168627/kurt-weiland/#.WwWwqa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I’m sick of poor air quality, are you?" https://www.facebook.com/kurtforuscongress/posts/222148711889411 (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/168627/kurt-weiland/#.WwWwqa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • 'I'll work to ban bump stocks. They serve no sporting or defensive purposes. [...] I'll work to ban large-capacity magazines. If you can't bring down a deer with ten rounds, you don't need a larger magazine, you need better marksmanship training." https://www.kurtforuscongress.com/safety/ (www.kurtforuscongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Create a single-payer health-insurance program" https://www.kurtforuscongress.com/families/ (www.kurtforuscongress.com)
  • Do you support Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/168627/kurt-weiland/#.WwWwqa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This does not mean a wall. Walls don't work. They didn't work in China. They didn't work Berlin." https://www.kurtforuscongress.com/immigration/ (www.kurtforuscongress.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

  • Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police? "Yes" [..] "Issue E: I also support huge reforms in the immigration laws." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/168627/kurt-weiland/#.WwWwqa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Establish a guest-worker plan for undocumented immigrants. [...] Keep the promises we made to the Dreamers" https://www.kurtforuscongress.com/immigration/ (www.kurtforuscongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/168627/kurt-weiland/#.WwWwqa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
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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Candidate Answer

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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.

Utah State Legislative Election 2016 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 generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yesb) Should abortions be illegal after 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?
Nog) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
Noh) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:

Issue B: Abortions should be illegal after the first trimester unless there are medical situations or complications that dictate the need for the abortion.

Abortion is always tragic. No one ever wants to be in that situation. But it must be legal.

1) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Utah's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Utah's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Decreasing funding for public universities
Noc) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Nod) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Noe) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
f) Other or expanded principles:

I'm not comfortable with these questions. There are other alternatives.

2) 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.
Slightly Increasea) Education (higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Environment
Greatly Increased) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Slightly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Slightly Increaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

These are needs. They must be funded. At the same time, we need to be more vigilant in administering the funds. More accountability. Less waste. Less corruption.

3) 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.
Greatly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Increasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Small business taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gas/Oil taxes
Maintain Statusf) Property taxes
Maintain Statusg) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Greatly Increasej) Income taxes (high-income families)
Yesk) Do you support applying sales taxes to all online purchases?
l) Other or expanded principles:

Taxes pay for the services we want. If we want the services, we must pay for them.

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?
Noe) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Other or expanded principles:

Money is a cancer on the electoral process. That's why the term was coined: "Buy an election." The line between campaign funding and bribery is too fine.

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 legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
Nod) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Yese) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
Yesf) Do you support delaying the seizure of assets by law enforcement officials until after a conviction?
Yesg) Do you support requiring that crimes based on sexual identity/orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Tough questions.

Issue A: Capital punishment is absolute. The judicial system is fallible. The two don't line up.
Issue D: Some exceptions have to apply. Chronological age is not always the best determiner.
Issue E: I also support huge reforms in the immigration laws.
Issue F: Asset seizures are thefts. This is a crazy law.

Yesa) Do you support government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Nob) Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Noc) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
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?
Nof) Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
Yesg) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Noh) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Yesi) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage?
Yesj) Should employers be able to ask about applicants' criminal history before interviewing them?
Nok) Do you support transferring control of some federal lands in Utah to the Utah state government?
l) Other or expanded principles:

Whoa! All over the place.

Issue A: Government spending ended the Great Depression. Government spending ending the (recent) Great Recession. It works.
Issue C: Lax regulation got us into the Great Recession. We need clear boundaries (and strong punishment for violation of those boundaries.
Issue D: I have a conflict of interest here. I own a training company.
Issue E: I support more effective job-placement systems.
Issue H: I support guidelines to reduce foreclosures at the beginning of the home-owning process.
Issue I: Absolutely. More money in people's hands means more purchases and a stronger economy.
Issue K: Absolute NOT.

Yesa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yesb) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesc) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
Nod) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
Noe) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesf) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Yesg) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Utah high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Most of these are no-brainers.

Issues D and E: Vouchers and charter schools both take from the public school system. Support that system. Make it work.

Issue F: We need low-cost and low-interest manageable student loans. College makes people smarter (at least it should). Smarter people are good for the state.

Yesa) Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Nob) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for improvements to Utah's energy infrastructure?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yesf) Do you support increased regulations of the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
g) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Yesb) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:

These are tough questions.

Issue B: We need to improve the means of background checks. It has to be simpler and faster.
Issue C: Yes, reluctantly. Concealed carry is stupid and asking for trouble.
Issue D: Absolutely YES. We require a license to drive.

Yesa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Nob) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Yesd) Do you support Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Yese) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Nof) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesg) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Issue A: And single-payer.
Issue B: The profit motive doesn't work with health care.
Issue E: We require individuals to purchase automobile insurance. It's not a great leap here.
Issue F: I also support more stringent malpractice laws.

Yesa) Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yesb) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Utah's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Utah's anti-discrimination laws?
d) Other or expanded principles:

We're respecting people here. That's it.

In the following area, 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.
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