John Bohlinger's Political Positions

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Montana State Legislative Election 1998 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.


Candidate Answer
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Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
Xb) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Xg) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
Xh) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
i) Abortions should only be performed by licensed physicians and not by physician assistants and nurses.
j) Other
Nok) Should Montana government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provides abortion services?

Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:

Undecideda) College and university admissions
Undecidedb) Public employment
Undecidedc) State contracting
d) 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.
Xc) End parole for repeat violent felons.
Xd) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xh) Increase state funds for programs that rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
Xi) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xj) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
l) Support the current limit defining drunk driving at .08 blood alcohol content.
Xm) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
Xn) Support laws requiring restitution to crime victims at the personal expense of the criminal.
o) Implement a three-step process to phase in new drivers.
Xp) Establish daytime speed limits (75mph on interstate highways, 65mph on two lane roads).
q) Other
Yesr) Should criminal sentencing address restitution for victims?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.

Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order 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 teaches skills needed in today's job market.
Xe) Increase state funds to develop highways that enhance accessibility to rural areas.
f) Other

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) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
Xf) Support sex education programs that stress safe sexual practices.
g) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
Xh) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
Xi) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xj) Increase state spending on the university system.
k) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
b) 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 the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Provide 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 unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Increase user fees at state parks to compensate for declining tax support.
Xi) Repeal current law that partially deregulates the electricity market in Montana.
Xj) Require the state to buy the water rights to Montana Power's hydroelectric dams.
k) Oppose federal Fish and Wildlife listing of Bull Trout as a threatened species in Blackfoot and Clearwater Rivers.
Xl) Support proposed construction of a new water supply for Fort Peck rural water users.
Xm) Support the State Implementation Plan to control sulfur dioxide emissions from industrial facilities in the Billings/Laurel area.
n) Other
Noo) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Nop) Do you support federal regulations to kill buffalo in Yellowstone National Park in order to reduce overpopulation?
Noq) Do you support cyanide gold and silver mining in Montana?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.

a) Do you support the current law, which limits the number of terms of the following Montana officials?

Yes1) State Senators and Representatives
Yes2) Governor

b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesd) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noe) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
Yesg) Do you support the current Montana law that prohibits corporate expenditures on ballot-measure campaigns?
h) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase the state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Xd) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
e) 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.
Xb) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
Xc) Provide health care to uninsured children by designing a children's health insurance program.
d) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xe) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
Xf) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xh) Provide publicly-funded mental health services to eligible Medicaid recipients.
Xi) Support the Montana Medical Assistance Facilities program that provides additional support to rural hospitals.
j) Other
Yesk) Do you support Montana's current managed-care mental health services to the poor?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Xa) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide childcare for their employees.
Xc) Increase state funds to provide childcare to children in low-income working families.
Xd) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xe) Favor banning smoking in public places.
Xf) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
Xg) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xh) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
i) Other
Yesj) Do you believe that the Montana government should include sexual orientation in Montana's anti-discrimination laws?
Nok) Do you believe that the Montana government should recognize same-sex marriages?

Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.

Slightly Increasea) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increaseb) Education
Greatly Increasec) Environment
Slightly Increased) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusf) Transportation infrastructure
Slightly Increaseg) Welfare
h) Other

Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.

Greatly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Gas taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminateh) Property taxes
Greatly Increasei) Sales taxes
j) Other
Undecidedk) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yesl) Do you support reducing property taxes on business equipment?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

Xa) Maintain the five-year limit on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work within 24 months 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.
f) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
Xg) 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) 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.

When elected to the State Senate, I will introduce legislation that will constitutionally eliminate taxes on ones dwelling place, not commercial properties. I will eliminate taxes on business equipment, in another bill and replace the lost revenue to State Government with a 4% retail sales tax--the sales tax bill will omit from taxation food items purchased in grocery stores and drugs.

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