SMITH, MATTHEW

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State Representative
District:
169
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Age:
35
Occupation:
General Contractor
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Biographical Info: (click to expand)
Why are you running for office? (click to expand)

Survey

Response Legend

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

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Should education funding be directed to families through a voucher, scholarship, or education savings account so that parents can send their children to the school of their choice, including non-public schools? Y* This concept in my plan would not only make private schools more available, but would also allow the elimination of school property taxes.
2. Should marijuana be legalized for recreational use? U* Under a libertarian outlook, and seeing how many more lives alcohol has ruined, I would say yes. Conversations on Federal law have yet to happen.
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
4. Should Pennsylvania enter into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which would include a new carbon tax on electricity producers? N
5. Should increases in state government spending be limited to the rate of inflation plus population growth? Y* Shrinking the size, and eliminating waste and abuse can lower state government spending drastically.
6. Should our state constitution be amended to prevent taxpayer funding for elective abortions? Y* Only if simply adding a state law stating such is unsuccessful.
7. Should all voters be required to show identification before voting? Y* No excuses
8. Should the state reduce police funding to increase funding for social services? U* Only in the case of overly large or wasteful police depts, and depending on the social services. Differs per area.
9. Should public schools be prohibited from allowing males who identify as females to compete in girls’ sports? Y
10. Should schools have to post curriculum online for review by parents and taxpayers? Y
11. Should Pennsylvania municipalities be permitted to require a vaccine passport? N* In no circumstance of medical science or the Constitution should that ever be allowed.
12. Should the gasoline tax be permanently reduced? Y* Or eliminated entirely by changing the structure of state sales tax, and/or cutting misappropriation and waste.