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Brent Hill's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State Senate (ID) - District 34, Republican President Pro Tempore
Brent Hill has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2018 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Idaho State Legislative Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Nob) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesc) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
d) Other or expanded principles:
a) Do you support repealing the sales tax on groceries sold in Idaho?
1) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Idaho's budget.
Nob) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions?
c) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees?
d) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients?
Noe) An income tax increase on any tax bracket?
f) Other or expanded principles:

I would consider repealing the sales tax on groceries, but the final decision would depend on the overall status of the state's economy.
During the last recession, we were forced to institute mandatory furloughs for state employees and reduce some benefits under Medicaid, but I do not see that as a necessity in the near future.

Yesa) Do you support any limits on campaign contributions to state candidates?
Yesb) Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yesc) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
Yesd) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
e) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Nob) Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Yesc) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
Yese) Do you support the legalization of Cannabidiol Oil (CBD) for medical purposes?
Nof) Do you support prohibiting the use of handheld electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle?
g) Other or expanded principles:

Legalization of CBD depends upon the controls and quality standards associated with the legislation.

Noa) Do you support state government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yesb) Do you support lowering state taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yesc) Do you support reducing state government regulations on the private sector?
Nod) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yese) Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
Nof) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage of Idaho?
g) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support adopting federal education standards in Idaho?
Yesb) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Noc) Should immigrants unlawfully present in the United States who graduate from Idaho high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
Nod) Should elementary students' reading test scores influence teachers' pay raises?
e) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Nob) Do you support state government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
Noc) Do you support increasing state funding for clean drinking water initiatives?
d) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Nob) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Should teachers be allowed to bring guns into the classroom?
Nod) Should a license be required for gun ownership?
e) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Should the state government increase funding for treatment facilities to combat opioid abuse?
Nob) Do you support Medicaid expansion through Idaho's health care programs?
Noc) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Nod) Do you support legislation that grants citizens the right to choose to die through euthanasia?
Noe) Do you support eliminating religious exemptions for vaccinations?
f) Other or expanded principles:

I do not support Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, but I do support an Idaho solution to provide healthcare access and I do not object to utilizing federal funds to accomplish that.

Yesa) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Idaho's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesb) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Idaho's anti-discrimination laws?
Noc) Do you support greater efforts by Idaho state government in closing the pay gap between men and women?
d) Other or expanded principles:

Protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity should be considered only in conjunction with protections of religious freedoms.

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.

1. Update the long-term plan to improve public education and funding for it.
2. Find a fair and balanced approach to protect religious freedoms while preventing discrimination against LGBTQ.
3. Improve access to addiction treatment programs.

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