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Corey Stapleton's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: Secretary of State (MT), Republican
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Montana 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.
b) 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.
Xf) Support prohibition of 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.
Xh) Support prohibition of public funding for abortions and organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
i) Other
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.
Maintain Funding Statusa) Corrections
Maintain Funding Statusb) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Environment
Maintain Funding Statuse) Health care
Slightly Increase Fundingf) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusg) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Slightly Decrease Fundingh) Welfare
i) Other
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gambling taxes
Maintain Statusf) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreasei) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Natural resource taxes
Greatly Decreasek) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasel) Vehicle taxes
m) Other
Undecidedn) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Noo) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yesp) Would you support returning any operating surplus to Montana taxpayers?
Noq) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
Nor) Should the state reimburse local governments for revenues lost due to state-mandated property tax cuts?
Nos) Do you support giving cities and counties the ability to enact local sales taxes with voter approval?
Not) Do you support requiring a two-thirds vote by lawmakers to approve any new or increased tax or fee?
Yesu) Do you support implementing a state sales tax?
Yesv) Do you support using tobacco settlement funds to create a trust fund for future health care needs and tobacco prevention programs?
Yesw) Do you support allocating coal tax trust fund money to provide loans and financing to mid-sized businesses and enterprises?
x) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
c) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xd) Support the use of the death penalty in Montana.
e) 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.
h) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
i) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
j) 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.
o) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
p) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) 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.
e) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
f) 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) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xj) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xk) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xl) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
m) Allow up to $1000 per year in tax credits to offset expenses for children in public, private and home schools.
n) Require background checks for individuals seeking teaching jobs in Montana schools.
o) Increase funding to state universities for research and technology.
p) Other
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
a) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) 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.
Xe) Give tax credits to business owners which provide employees with health insurance.
Xf) Support "right-to-work" which forbids an employer and a union from signing a contract which requires affected workers to pay union dues and be union members.
g) Support "paycheck-protection" which requires unions to obtain permission of union members to spend their funds on political matters.
h) Require businesses that receive at least $25,000 in state aid to pay employees a "livable wage," a wage at least 150 percent of the federal poverty level.
i) Other
Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?
Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) 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.
e) Support funding for recycling programs in Montana.
Xf) 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) Amend the Montana Constitution to prohibit the state from charging Montanans fees for recreational uses of public lands.
i) Allow new or expanded open-pit gold or silver mines to use cyanide to process ore.
j) Support the Montana Environmental Policy Act.
k) Strengthen arsenic risk-level standards in Montana water.
l) Require mining companies to backfill open pits once mining has ceased.
m) Other
Yesn) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit on terms for Montana Governors?
Nob) Do you support the current limit on terms for Montana 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?
Noe) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Nog) Do you support voting on-line?
Noh) Do you support on-line voter registration?
Yesi) Do you support increasing the number of signatures required to place an initiative on the ballot?
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) 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) Remove the license requirement for carrying concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
b) 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.
d) 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.
f) 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.
Xh) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
i) Increase funding to Montana's mental health program.
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Xa) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
b) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xc) 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.
f) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.
g) Prohibit video poker in Montana.
Xh) Support tax credits for child day care expenses.
i) Other
Yesj) Should physician assisted suicide be legally available in Montana?
Nok) Should Montana include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?
Nol) Should Montana recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesm) Should Montana 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.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
c) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
d) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
f) 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.
Xh) 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.
k) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
l) Allow the state to lend money at reduced interest rates to low income Montanans for home purchases and repairs.
m) Other
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.

Increasing take home pay for families, and simplifying and reducing taxes are my biggest priorities. Implementation of these important Montanan issues doesn't require additional governmental funding. On the contrary, it requires our government to reduce its involvement in the daily lives of our citizens-------taking less money, and creating fewer restricions.

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