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Tim Armstead's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: Justice of the Supreme Court (WV), Non-partisan
Tim Armstead 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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West Virginia 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?
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?
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?
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 can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
c) Environment
d) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasef) 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 can use a number more than once.
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreased) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasee) 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)
Eliminatej) Other or expanded categories

Sales Tax on Food and Business Franchise Tax

3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing West Virginia's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into West Virginia's "rainy day" fund
Nob) 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 benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesf) Privatizing certain government services
g) Other or expanded principles

I support reduction or elimination of unclassified line items in budget and other wasteful spending. I would support limited use of rainy day funds to fund certain specific needs.

Yesa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for West Virginia governors?
b) Do you support limits on the number of terms for West Virginia state legislators?
c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Party
Yesd) 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?
b) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or drug/alcohol treatment?
Noc) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Yesd) Should minors accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as adults?
e) Should minors who send 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?
b) Do you support stricter safety regulations for the mining industry?
Yesc) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
d) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yese) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yesf) 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
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 West Virginia high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles
a) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesb) 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?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for improvements to West Virginia's energy infrastructure?
e) 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
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?
c) 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 West Virginia?
Nog) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Do you support increasing West Virginia's tax on beer to expand substance abuse programs?
i) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Should West Virginia allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
c) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Nod) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
e) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Nof) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in West Virginia's anti-discrimination laws?
Nog) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in West Virginia'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 believe that West Virginia needs to improve its economy and promote job creation through wide-scale revisions to its tax structure to reduce the tax burden on West Virginians. West Virginia needs to eliminate the food tax, reduce property taxes, especially on older West Virginians, and change certain business taxes that discourage economic growth. West Virginia also needs to improve its infrastructure, including schools, roads, water and sewer projects to improve the quality of life and enhance economic growth. Our state also needs to improve educational standards and practices to better educate our children.

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