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  • YYes
  • NNo
  • UUndecided
  • Declined to Respond / Position Unknown / Unclear
  • *Comment
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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? N* This idea would create an unaccountable system ripe for waste, fraud, and abuse. We can fix public education by funding it at the state level by closing corporate tax loopholes costing PA roughly $4.9 million annually since 2002.
2. Should marijuana be legalized and sold commercially for recreational use? Y* Over 70% of voters support the legalization of Marijuana. The failed War on Drugs has empowered the cartels by pushing the drug trade underground, much like prohibition did, which gave us the Mob. Marijuana is not a "gateway" drug, and we are destroying people's lives, taking away their freedom, and wasting millions in taxpayer money to run thousands of people through the criminal justice system.
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? Y* I support any effort to expand the personal freedoms of all citizens who want peace. Further, I have never heard of people besides those who are transitioning using a different bath from their assigned sex at birth.
4. Should Pennsylvania enter into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which would include a new carbon tax on electricity producers? Y* We must reduce our carbon footprint and expand our revenue streams whenever possible. Further, I support expanding nuclear energy production, assuming we can streamline spent fuel storage and ensure public safety concerns.
5. Should increases in state government spending be limited to the rate of inflation plus population growth? N* The main problem in places like the 39 House District is a need for more investment from the state and federal governments. We can take steps to ensure fiscal responsibility, which includes closing loopholes and ending corporate welfare, which costs the state $4.9 billion annually, based on some studies.
6. Should state taxpayer funding be allowed for elective abortions? Y* Access to abortion is a healthcare right under state law. Hence, when necessary, the state should have money in place to assist people who need to access abortion and reproductive health care.
7. Should all voters be required to show identification before voting? N* The current election law passed with a bi-partisan voter several years ago has made voting easier while keeping our elections safe. Also, no evidence of increased security is needed right now.
8. Should striking union members have access to unemployment compensation? Y* Yes, PA should not help employers create economic conditions that undercut the ability of union members to seek a better deal for themselves while on strike. Further, accessing unemployment is receiving a benefit these people have paid into for years.
9. Should public schools be prohibited from allowing males who identify as females to compete in girls’ sports? U* The polling tells us the public does not at this time support biological males, who have transitioned to females competing. However, there are sports at the Olympic level that allow for participation on a sport-by-sport basis. Further, study and public input is needed to see if there is evolution on this issue over the next five to ten years.
10. Should schools have to post curriculum online for review by parents and taxpayers? N* Parents have every right to know what their child is being taught, and this can currently be easily accessed. As a teacher and school board member, adding another "transparency" provision like this is unnecessary.
11. Should funding for public and state-related universities follow the student rather than go directly to the institution? N* For years, public institutions were able to expand training and job readiness by offering affordable programs. We have a teaching, nursing, and police storage in part because we rank 49 out of 50 for higher education funding. This notion of the money following the student allows degree mills to soak taxpayers, not expand choice.