SHUKAITIS, JENNIFER

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State Senator
District:
40
Political Affiliation:
Democratic
Age:
45
Occupation:
Medical Coding Specialist
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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? N* The Pennsylvania state constitution mandates that students be provided with a “thorough and efficient system of public education.”
2. Should marijuana be legalized for recreational use? N* Legalized marijuana creates steep costs for society and taxpayers that far outweigh its tax revenues. Societal costs of marijuana use include paying for increased emergency room visits, medical care, and addiction treatment for the uninsured; more victims of drugged driving accidents; increased crime; and a negative impact on health from secondhand smoke.
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* Forcing students to use the restroom with members of the opposite sex harms all students by violating their right to privacy and making them participate in situations that most adults would object to if they were imposed upon them. Accommodating students struggling with gender confusion by providing them a single-stall restroom, changing room, or a similar alternative, gives them a private location and avoids violating other students’ rights.
4. Should Pennsylvania enter into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which would include a new carbon tax on electricity producers? Y* Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the U.S. for carbon emissions; we have a long history of coal mining and produces more natural gas than any state except Texas. Under the RGGI program, power plants would pay for each ton of carbon dioxide they emit, making dirtier sources of energy less competitive. The state can use that money to fund clean energy and energy efficiency programs.
5. Should increases in state government spending be limited to the rate of inflation plus population growth? Y* Limiting spending would curb excess spending, force the state government to prioritize spending decisions, improve the state’s economic prospects, and protect taxpayers.
6. Should our state constitution be amended to prevent taxpayer funding for elective abortions? N* Linked to Obamacare’s funding of legitimate birth control methods, the number of abortions nationwide is dropping. Adopting policies that reduce dependence on abortion is a positive step towards meeting the demands of family living today.
7. Should all voters be required to show identification before voting? N* In Pennsylvania, other identifying information is provided at the polling place, namely a signature which is checked against the signature on file. There is little fraud of this kind, and the burden on voters to obtain identification unduly restricts the right to vote and imposes unnecessary costs and administrative burdens on elections administrators.
8. Should the state reduce police funding to increase funding for social services? N* The two entities should both be funded appropriately.
9. Should public schools be prohibited from allowing males who identify as females to compete in girls’ sports? N* What we need to do, as the adults in the room, is allow people the same opportunities and the same treatment as everyone else. And when we do that, everyone does better. Eric Vilain is a pediatrician and geneticist at National Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. He has long studied sex differences in athletes and has advised the NCAA and IOC on their trans-inclusive policy. He recently told NPR that “there are no good faith reasons to limit transgender women's participation in sports, especially at the high school level.”
10. Should schools have to post curriculum online for review by parents and taxpayers? Y* Transparency is beneficial for parents and taxpayers to have an opportunity to provide informed feedback.
11. Should Pennsylvania municipalities be permitted to require a vaccine passport? N* While I do not support requiring a vaccine passport, I would support a higher health insurance premium on unvaccinated individuals.
12. Should the gasoline tax be permanently reduced? N* The gas tax funds municipal road repair and maintenance, but it also funds the state police and driver and vehicle services and the Pennsylvania turnpike. Moving the state police money back to the motor license fund and finding another way to fund the state police, would boost our highway program and be the best way to allow for a reduction in the gasoline tax. But that reduction may not be a permanent solution. As vehicles on Pennsylvania roads become more fuel-efficient, drivers are buying less gas. That means there's less gas tax revenue. It is a revenue stream that over time will not be sustainable.
13. Should schools be required to notify parents of any sexually explicit content in books or instructional materials?