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Mary Hoeft's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Mary Hoeft has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

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Wisconsin Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

Pro-choice Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
I will increase taxes only on the top 1%.
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
No Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yes Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
No Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
I have volunteered for more than 20 years as a victim/offender facilitator for Restorative Justice, a program that gives first time juvenile offenders an opportunity to make amends for their crime with the victim.
Yes Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
No Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
I support tax incentives for small companies that are getting started. I do NOT support tax incentives for lucrative companies who send jobs overseas thanks to those tax incentives.
Yes Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
I do not support test based standards.
No Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Yes Do you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Yes Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
I support the Carbon Fee and Dividend policy as a way to tax fossil fuels at the site where they are removed and then, distribute dividends to households. Those with the smallest carbon footprint will reap the greatest dividends.
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
I support background checks at gun shows and private sales. I support banning those whose names are on terrorist watch lists from purchasing guns.
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 20 million Americans now have insurance. But, for many, insurance remains to costly. I support single payer. I also believe that Medicare must be authorized to negotiate pharmaceutical drug prices.
No Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
I support the bipartisan plan passed by Senate.
Yes Do you support same-sex marriage?
No Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
No Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
No Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Diversion of a portion of Social Security is privatization--a huge step toward killing the program. I am in total opposition to privatization. I would strengthen social security but taxing all Wall Street speculative transactions and using that tax to bolster social security. I would also remove the cap of $118,500.

SpendingIndicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.TaxesIndicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Increase a) Agriculture
Slightly Increase b) Arts
Slightly Decrease c) Defense
Greatly Decrease d) Education
Slightly Increase e) Environment
Maintain Status f) Homeland Security
Slightly Increase g) International aid
Slightly Increase h) Medical Research
Slightly Increase i) Scientific Research
Maintain Status j) Space exploration
Maintain Status k) United Nations
Slightly Increase l) Welfare
Slightly Increase a) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increase b) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status c) Small business taxes
Slightly Increase d) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increase e) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increase f) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminate g) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Status h) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increase i) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Increase j) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Status k) Payroll taxes
The Welfare Category was unclear. I think the greatest welfare category that MUST be greatly decreased is entitlement programs for the top 1%. Under Agriculture, at the moment, dairy farmers are hurting greatly and need our help so "slightly" might be misunderstood. Military Defense spending on equipment that goes unused must be curtailed.
I will not support tax increases on anyone but the top 1%
I will work to take money out of politics. Each campaign should be limited to a specific amount of spending. I will fight to eliminate all tax incentives and loopholes that allow company owners to terminate American workers and send their jobs beyond our borders. I will fight to enhance funding for education--funding that has been cut by more than 20% in the past few years.

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