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Tom Ploszaj's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State House (NH) - Belknap 1

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Tom Ploszaj has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2020 Political Courage Test.

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New Hampshire State Legislative Election 2020 Political Courage Test

Pro-life a) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yes b) Do you support legalizing abortion when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yes c) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
a) I personally believe personhood begins at conception. b) I believe NH House legislators should follow the NH Constitution and represent their constituents. I do not believe a legislator should vote solely on their personal beliefs or religious faith but should include the natural and constitutional rights of all NH residents.
No a) In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions?
No b) In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
No c) In order to fund education, do you support creating a state sales tax on electronics?
No d) Do you support the development of a road usage fee in New Hampshire?
a) I would listen to alternatives such as; limit raises and increases to retirement programs, salaries cap below the prevailing market rate. a) I do not presently have all the revenue/expenditure data. I would need to review state and department expenditures to confirm or refute my belief that NH has a spending problem, not a lack of revenue. I will support taxes to provide for NH Constitutional requirements and for the protection of life, liberty, and property
No a) Do you support a limit on campaign contributions to state candidates?
Yes b) Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
No c) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
No d) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
No e) Do you support automatic voter registration?
c) Redistricting by the legislature is NH Constitution 2nd Part Art. 9 requirement. d) I am open to the necessity of a set time of residency for state citizenship, residency, domicile.
No a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
No b) Should an individual under 18 accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
No c) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
No d) Do you support the use of private prisons in New Hampshire?
No e) Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Yes f) Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?
b) I am open to an Age of Majority where a person reaches the age to enjoy all legal opportunities and privileges. c) I believe Federal law should be enforced by federal law enforcement. I believe NH State and local law enforcement should be allowed to assist federal authorities in data sharing, warrants, alleged life, liberty, and property crimes.
No a) Do you support state government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
b) Do you support lowering state income taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes c) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yes d) Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
No e) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage of New Hampshire?
No f) Do you support requiring employers to provide paid family leave?
No g) Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
b) N/A NH does not have an income tax to lower. I would lower the dividend & Income Tax which can be described as a tax on investment income. d) employers are allowed to confirm employees for safety. The State should be able to be allowed to confirm Taxpers monies are not being used to subsidize illegal activities. g) I believe in legislating financial relief for civil suits against governmental overreach due to COVID-19 and other actions repugnant to the NH Constitutional
No a) Do you support adopting federal education standards in New Hampshire?
Yes b) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
No c) Do you support increasing teacher salaries AND/OR benefits in New Hampshire?
No d) Should immigrants unlawfully present in the United States who graduate from New Hampshire high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
b) Note: In the interim of obtaining a transition to quality education funding needs to be available. I believe the State is not mandated to provide educational funds. The State can cherish education in many ways and not limit education access. The NH Constitution 2nd Part Art. 83 "... it shall be the duty of the legislators and magistrates, in all future periods of this government, to cherish the interest of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries and public schools, to encourage private and public institutions, ..."
No a) Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
No b) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
c) Do you support increasing state funding for clean drinking water initiatives?
No d) Should the construction and expansion of landfills near state parks and federal lands be prohibited?
a) In lieu of funding am willing to discuss other ways to encourage other forms of energy accessibility. b) I am in favor of encouraging voluntary improvements on environmental issues. c) I do not have the data on past, present, or estimated future funding to offer an informed reply. d) Any regs must apply to all abutters and the geological situation of sitings.
No a) Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
No b) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yes c) Should teachers be allowed to bring guns into the classroom after passing gun safety training?
No d) Should a license be required for gun ownership?
Infringements presently in the fish and game laws need to address to prevent future harassment and abuse of 2nd A rights
a) Should the state government increase funding for treatment facilities to combat opioid abuse?
No b) Do you support Medicaid expansion through New Hampshire's health care programs?
No c) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
No d) Do you support legislation that grants citizens the right to choose to die through euthanasia?
No e) Do you support eliminating religious exemptions for vaccinations?
No f) Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
a) I believe in funding for health-related provisions. I do not have information on needs, funding, results of present opioid funding to prove an informed reply.
No a) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New Hampshire's anti-discrimination laws?
No b) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in New Hampshire's anti-discrimination laws?
No c) Do you support greater efforts by New Hampshire state government in closing the pay gap between men and women?
d) Other or expanded principles:
I do not have any personal or political agendas. My priority is to provide the Lakes Region's residents and their future generations with better financial, business, and environmental opportunities. With the COVID -19 shutdown's loss of revenue, I oppose the reduction of any present taxes until a balanced budget is CONFIRMED. I support; that the Legislature site the Constitutional requirement for proposed bills, the NH Advantage, repeal un-mandated statutes. I support addressing the Lakes Region environmental issues of lead and mercury levels, degradation of submerged utilities, abnormal disruption of the lake's natural surface waters, and surface runoff.
To identify any regulations and statutes that may need a debate for repeal. To refrain from political rhetoric and work with all legislators on Constitutional bills and opportunities to lower the financial burden of NH residents. Remove taxation from residents by the transfer the amount of revenue from electrical and communication services to other present taxable burdens. Interact with constituents with facts and data of the outcome of the passing of a statute.

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