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John Marty's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State Senate (MN) - District 66, Democratic/Farmer/Labor
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John Marty has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Minnesota State Legislative Election 2000 National Political Awareness 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.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when pregnancy results from incest, rape, or the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
g) Support "buffer zones" at abortion clinics by requiring demonstrators to remain a certain distance from doorways and driveways.
h) Prohibit public funding for abortions and organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xi) Other

Support family planning and birth control $ to prevent unwanted pregnancy

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.
Slightly Increase Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Environment
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusg) Welfare
Eliminate Fundingh) Other

Corporate Subsidies

State Budget Surpluses: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Minnesota's budget surpluses.
a) Provide refunds through a sales tax rebate.
b) Provide refunds through a vehicle tab fee reduction.
c) Provide refunds through an income tax reduction.
Xd) Provide refunds through a property tax reduction.
Xe) Increase state funding for education.
f) Increase state funding for transportation.
Xg) Other

Eliminate Corporate Subsidies

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Increaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
h) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decreasei) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Sales taxes
k) Vehicle taxes
Greatly Decreasel) Other

Health care Taxes

m) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Non) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
o) Would you support returning any operating surplus to Minnesota taxpayers?
p) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
q) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
c) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
d) Implement the death penalty in Minnesota.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xf) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xg) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xh) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
i) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xj) Lower the blood alcohol content limit defining drunk driving.
k) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
l) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
Xm) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xn) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xo) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
Xp) Other

Aggressive Crime PREVENTION including Chemical Dependency Treatment

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
d) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xf) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
i) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
j) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xk) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
l) Require the back-to-basis North Star Standard tests for public school graduation.
m) Require the project-oriented Profile of Learning standards for public school graduation.
n) Require school districts to choose either the Profile of Learning or the North Star Standard for graduation.
Xo) Allow school districts local choice over the implementation of high school graduation standards.
p) Provide additional state funds to reduce public school class sizes.
Xq) Other

Aggressive Push for Parental Involvement/Support Early Childhood Initatives

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
a) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
d) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Provide state funds to improve high-speed Internet access and other telecommunication services in Minnesota.
Xf) Other

Stop Corporate Subsidies/Help business w/ Well educated workforce, technical assistance, etc.

Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?
a) College and university admissions
b) Public employment
c) State contracting
d) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
c) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Support funding for recycling programs in Minnesota.
f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in un-funded, federally-mandated, environmental protection legislation.
h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power companies.
i) Allow individuals to shoot wolves, not on the endangered species list, in order to protect livestock, pets, and guard-animals.
j) Support the Hiawatha corridor light rail project.
Xk) Other

Invest in transit/Ban certain toxics in products/encourage sustainable agriculture/fight urban sprawl/require better energy & environment standards.

Yesl) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
Noa) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Minnesota Governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Minnesota State Senators and Representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesa) Individual
Yesb) PAC
Yesc) Corporate
Yesd) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesg) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesh) Do you support on-line voter registration?
Yesi) Do you support changing the Minnesota State Legislature from a two-house (bicameral) system to a one-house (unicameral) system?
Noj) Do you support requiring the state legislature to convene once every two years rather than annually?
Yesk) Do you support prohibiting political parties from endorsing judicial candidates?
l) Other

Support Public Campaign system - with NO special interest money

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
Xh) Require a license for gun possession.
Xi) Other

Lifetime ban on gun ownership for violent criminals

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
Xb) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
c) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xd) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xf) Support a patient's right to sue his or her HMO.
Xg) Support a patient's right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
h) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xi) Other

Support aggresive public health and health prevention efforts

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xb) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
c) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
d) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
e) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xf) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.
Xg) Require explicit permission from consumers before companies can share or sell information about them.
Xh) Require explicit permission from consumers before the state can share or sell information about them.
i) Other
j) Should physician-assisted suicide be legally available in Minnesota?
Yesk) Should Minnesota include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?
Yesl) Should Minnesota recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Nom) Should Minnesota restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
a) Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
b) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xk) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
Xl) Other

ensure that ALL workers receive a living wage/affordable housing, healthcare & childcare

Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

These two priorities are important because they affect every issue facing government: We need to make
government responsive to the public interest instead of special interests. This involves taking all special interest money out of politics. And, we need to make government proactive instead of reactive -- an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure -- in crime, healthcare, education, and the environment. Implementation of these two priorities saves money for taxpayers.

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