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John Miller's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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John Miller has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2015 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?

Virginia State Legislative Election 2001 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 prohibition of public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xh) Allow the use of RU-486 with a doctor's prescription.
Xi) Other

I support Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose.

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.
Greatly Increase Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusc) Environment
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase Fundingf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Slightly Decrease Fundingg) Welfare
h) Other
State Taxes: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Maintain Statush) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusi) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusk) Vehicle taxes
l) Other
Undecidedm) Should Internet sales be taxed?
n) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yeso) Would you support returning any operating surplus to Virginia taxpayers?
Xp) Other

n) I favor a review and restructuring of the tax code.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning crime.
a) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xb) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
c) Oppose the use of the death penalty in Virginia.
Xd) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
e) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
f) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
g) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xh) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
Xi) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
Xj) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
k) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
l) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xm) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
Xn) Allow post-conviction DNA testing for death row inmates or lifetime inmates.
o) Limit the numbers of appeals death row inmates and felons may file based on DNA evidence.
p) Support a moratorium on the death penalty in Virginia.
q) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.
a) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
b) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xc) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xd) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
e) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
f) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
g) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xh) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xi) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
j) Utilize the Virginia Retirement System to fund a pay raise for teachers.
Xk) Increase state funds for a merit based scholarship program.
l) Ear-mark state funds to meet 100% of the financial aid needs for all students who meet eligibility requirements.
Xm) Continue the "Standards of Learning Program," Virginia's standardized testing program.
Xn) Other

m) Reform SOL Testing.

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
Xa) 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.
Xc) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Raise the minimum wage above the federal limit established by Congress.
Xf) Support a performance-based pay raise for state employees.
g) Other
Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?
Yesa) Public college and university admissions
Yesb) Public employment
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning environment and energy.
Xa) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost-benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Support funding for recycling programs in Virginia.
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.
Xh) Restructure Virginia's Department of Transportation to focus its objectives on building new roads and infrastructure.
Xi) Support a National Rail Service, a city-wide passenger mass transit rail system.
j) Enact legislation which limits urban growth.
k) Other
Nol) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning government reform.
Noa) Do you support the current limit on terms for Virginia Governors?
Yesb) Do you support the current limit on terms for Virginia 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?
Nof) 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?
Noi) Do you support implementing Electoral College reform?
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.
Xe) 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.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning health issues.
a) 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.
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.
Xf) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xg) Support patients' 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.
i) Virginia should fund 100% of Medicaid.
Xj) Stream-line Virginia's state mental health care by closing unnecessary institutions and buildings.
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning social issues.
Xa) Provide tax incentives 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) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
d) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
e) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.
f) Other
Nog) Should physician assisted suicide be legally available in Virginia?
Yesh) Should Virginia include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?
Noi) Should Virginia recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesj) Should Virginia restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?
Nok) Should Virginia's state legislature give non-voting status to representative of American Indian Tribes?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning welfare.
Xa) Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) 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.
e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
h) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
i) Use federal welfare funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
j) Enact legislation to guarantee that all Virginia citizens be paid a living wage.
k) 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.

Education is my top legislative priority. We must pay our teachers salaries above the national average, ensure every child reads at grade level, reform the Standards of Learning tests, and make sure higher education is accessible and affordable. Funding will come from the existing budget by reducing appropriations to agencies like the Milk Commission and the Racing Commission, the General Assembly and others.
Secondly, I would work to ensure fiscal responsibility and ensure Virginia passes a budget.

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