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Sean Kean's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State Assembly (NJ) - District 30, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State Assembly - District 30
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Sean Kean has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2017 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

New Jersey State Legislative Election 2017 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yesb) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yesd) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
e) Other or expanded principles:
1) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing New Jersey's budget.
Noa) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Nob) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Noc) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Nod) An income tax increase on any tax bracket
e) Other or expanded principles:

I feel we need to restructure the school funding formula and address affordable housing mandates both of which place high costs on local property taxes.

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) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesc) Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yesd) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
Yese) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) 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?
Noc) Do you support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
d) 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?
f) Do you support delaying the seizure of assets by law enforcement officials until after a conviction?
g) Other or expanded principles:

Courts should have discretion to decide whether minors should be prosecuted as adults. Seizure of assets prior to conviction is acceptable where items are part of an investigation.

Yesa) Do you support government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yesb) Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yesc) Do you support reducing 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?
Yesg) Do you support legalized state-sponsored sports betting in New Jersey?
Noh) Do you support a tax on short-term housing rentals in New Jersey?
i) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Nob) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Noc) Should immigrants unlawfully present in the United States who graduate from New Jersey high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities in New Jersey?
d) Other or expanded principles:
a) Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Yesb) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
c) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
d) Other or expanded principles:

In some cases I support funding renewable energy.

Regulation of greenhouse emissions must be regional and not state by state to ensure NJ is competitive.

a) Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
b) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
c) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
d) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:

Existing NJ state laws are adequate.

a) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
b) Do you support Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Noc) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yesd) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
e) Other or expanded principles:
a) Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yesb) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New Jersey's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in New Jersey's anti-discrimination laws?
d) Other or expanded principles:

I voted against same sex marriage, but I would not vote to repeal 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.

If I am reelected, my priorities will be to continue to try and make the state economically competitive by keeping it affordable and giving businesses and individuals the ability to prosper.

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