Meet the Candidate

SANTOS, JAY

Running For:
REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
District:
131

Political Affiliation:
DEM
Age:
31
Occupation:
Technical Solutions Engineer
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Survey

Response Legend

  • YYes
  • NNo
  • UUndecided
  • Declined to Respond / Position Unknown / Unclear
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

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? N* As a current school board member, I understand what it takes to run a school district. This type of funding should be dispersed where professionals can administer that funding correctly and efficiently.
2. Should marijuana be legalized and sold commercially for recreational use? U* For this to occur, outside of our current medical system, the legislation and rules would have to be sensible. I would only want this type of law into affect if it in turn helps our communities. If the revenue was made available to schools and our community in a sensible way I would not be opposed to such sensible laws. The bottom line is that it would depend on how the law was crafted and enforced.
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* I want to make sure that we are protecting our most vulnerable. If members of the opposite sex were to enter such places, we would want to make sure that everyone felt safe. Currently, safety is a huge concern with such issues and I believe that in order to protect children, we keep these places safe.
4. Should Pennsylvania enter into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which would include a new carbon tax on electricity producers? Y* I believe any and all efforts should be made to reduce carbon emissions.
5. Should increases in state government spending be limited to the rate of inflation plus population growth? N* This would not account for inflation or other special cases. Our state should be flexible enough to account for such special cases, while making sure such an increase never has to happen.
6. Should state taxpayer funding be allowed for elective abortions? U* I believe women should have the right to an abortion, with clear and easy access. I believe it would be reasonable to allow for taxpayer funding to be used in extreme cases where the individual cannot provide for themselves. The legislation would have to be written to prevent abuse of such programs.
7. Should all voters be required to show identification before voting? N* I don't even understand why this has been a hot-button issue. We have been following election rules for hundreds of years and now some folk want to change the rules.
8. Should striking union members have access to unemployment compensation? Y* Union members deserve the support of the public.
9. Should public schools be prohibited from allowing males who identify as females to compete in girls’ sports? N* No one should be prohibited from participating in sports. We also need to make sure girls are safe and secure in this type of environment and ask them what they want as well. We cannot forget all of those involved in these situations and lately there has been a lot of concern for both groups.
10. Should schools have to post curriculum online for review by parents and taxpayers? Y* The curriculum should be clear and accessible by all stakeholders in any school district. The need for clear instruction is obvious, and we want all parties involved to feel comfortable and confident with what we teach our children. As a current school board member, I know our district has made this information publicly available for that same purpose.
11. Should funding for public and state-related universities follow the student rather than go directly to the institution? U* One may argue that public education is more expensive now because of mismanagement and price inflation at the higher education level. I would be curious to know more about this type of system. However, convention tells me that this would not necessarily work. Also, we would be putting a dollar amount on people, most likely without knowing the full extent of their potential, and intuitively that sounds wrong.