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  • YYes
  • NNo
  • UUndecided
  • Declined to Respond / Position Unknown / Unclear
  • *Comment
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Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Should education funding be available directly to families through a grant, scholarship, or education savings account so that parents can send their children to the school of their choice, including religious schools? Y* I believe strongly in school choice, specifically for students in failing schools, but it must be implemented wisely. The above, by itself, is an incomplete model for implementing school choice. While I believe the above to be a good starting place theoretically, there are many other factors beyond reallocating funding to individuals. First, we must accurately define what "school funding" means to each individual student and ensure every student has choices available to them. We must implement school choice programs in a manner which does not overwhelm the private schools beyond their capacity and honor the standards set by faith center schools for admission. Students should never be stuck in a failing school due to his or her street address, but in order to serve student needs a comprehensive school choice program must be planned and orderly.
2. Should marijuana be legalized and sold commercially for recreational use? N* I do not believe the state of PA or any government should benefit from revenue which is generated via destructive, individual behaviors. I've worked with teenagers most of my adult life and have first hand knowledge of young people wasting their educational opportunities and unable to meet their potential due their dependency on the "next high."
3. Should the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act be amended to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity," which would require public schools and other public facilities to open up restrooms and locker rooms to members of the opposite sex? N* An individual has the right to be anything he or she chooses to be, however, one cannot act on their assumed rights at the expense of another individual's rights. Allowing individuals to choose public restrooms and locker rooms based on anything other than biology violates the rights of all others who are using facilities in accordance with their biological gender. If individuals want to identify as something counter to biology, they have the right to do so, but they do not have the right to force others to deny biological facts to accommodate their own choices.
4. Should Pennsylvania enter into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which would include a new carbon tax on electricity producers? N* I strongly reject any ideologically driven act of government which hinders the free market. Energy independence, specifically in PA, is a primary factor to prosperity and economic growth. We must focus on removing regulations, not adding more.
5. Should increases in state government spending be limited to the rate of inflation plus population growth? Y* Yes, at the basic minimum. I believe we should go far beyond this. We should be advocating decreases in government spending, not simply slowing the rate of increased spending. Our current system of spending beyond our means is unsustainable. It's not a political issue; it's a math issue.
6. Should state taxpayer funding be allowed for elective abortions? N* Absolutely not. There can be no compromise on this issue.
7. Should all voters be required to show identification before voting? Y* It's common sense and overwhelmingly supported. In addition to mandatory voter ID, we should return to an election day, as stated in the PA Constitution, instead of an election season. Mail-in/absentee ballots should be reserved for those who cannot get to the polls physically or due to proximity, nor those who seek convenience. If we do not secure our elections, nothing else matters.
8. Should striking union members have access to unemployment compensation? N* No, going on strike, whether justified or unjustified, is an individual choice. Choices have rewards and consequences.
9. Should public schools be prohibited from allowing males who identify as females to compete in girls’ sports? Y* As stated before, if individuals want to identify as something counter to biology, they have the right to do so, but they do not have the right to force others to deny biological facts to accommodate their own choices. Allowing biological males to compete against females is an afront to all of the strides women have made to earn respect and achieve success within the world of athletics. It is a violation of the fundamental principle of fair play and the individual rights of all female athletes.
10. Should schools have to post curriculum online for review by parents and taxpayers? Y* Yes, ABSOLUTELY!
11. Should funding for public and state-related universities follow the student rather than go directly to the institution? U* This question is far to vague to be answered wisely.