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Tina Maharath's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State Senate (OH) - District 3

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Ohio State Legislative Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Pro-choice a) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yes b) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
No c) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
The public funds for abortions should be prohibited but the public funds for the organization�s other additional resources should not, which includes preventative care education for women.

1) Budget Stabilization:Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Ohio's budget.

No a) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions?
No b) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees?
No c) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients?
No d) An income tax increase on any tax bracket?
e) Other or expanded principles:
Yes a) Do you support any limits on campaign contributions to state candidates?
Yes b) Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yes c) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
Yes d) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
Photo IDs prevent voter fraud at the polls
Yes a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
No b) Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Yes c) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Yes d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
Depending on the case of the violent crime, most minors who are commiting violent crimes are deeply troubled to begin with. Punishment should include the course of mental health evaluation and treatment. Minors aren�t able to function into young adults without parental guidance until well to their 20s
Yes a) Do you support state government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes b) Do you support lowering state taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
No c) Do you support reducing state government regulations on the private sector?
No d) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yes e) Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
Yes f) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage of Ohio?
Yes g) Do you support matching the cost-of-living allowances to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System (OPERS)?
Private sectors are well better off compared to government sectors. Depending on the negotiations, the state government regulations are needed in order to promote income equality. Without income equality, the state will not have resources to increase minimum wage or any other resources that would benefit the working class. Unemployment benefits aren�t put in place for people to depend on, its put in place as a lever to get back into the job market.
Yes a) Do you support adopting federal education standards in Ohio?
No b) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
No c) Should immigrants unlawfully present in the United States who graduate from Ohio high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
Funding for charter schools are very controversial. Some charter schools are up to par at providing an excellent education choice for those families who cannot afford to live in a better performing district but some charter schools are eating up the public funds that could be used to improve public schools that need it or expand the EdChoice program. Also, providing in-state tuition at public universities to unlawful immigrants provide unfair treatment for those immigrants here lawfully. The unlawful immigrants should work towards legal status to take away much burden for their residency here in the US
Yes a) Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Yes b) Do you support state government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yes c) Do you support increasing state funding for clean drinking water initiatives?
d) Other or expanded principles:
Yes a) Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Yes b) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
No c) Should teachers be allowed to bring guns into the classroom?
Yes d) Should a license be required for gun ownership?
e) Other or expanded principles:
Yes a) Should the state government increase funding for treatment facilities to combat opioid abuse?
Yes b) Do you support Medicaid expansion through Ohio's health care programs?
No c) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yes 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) Should able-bodied citizens Medicaid recipients meet a work requirement to be eligible for benefits?
No g) Do you support repealing the state mandated Medicaid expansion?
Medicaid recipients often times are individuals who don�t have the means to afford healthcare. Even if they are considered able-bodied, due to income disparity, their income may be deemed as not meeting the poverty guidelines, thus losing their eligibility.
Yes a) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Ohio's anti-discrimination laws?
Yes b) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Ohio's anti-discrimination laws?
Yes c) Do you support greater efforts by Ohio state government in closing the pay gap between men and women?
Equal work should mean equal pay. Ohio should require men and women who work in the same workplace be given equal pay for their equal work and I will support that. In order to protect our LGBTQ community, I would also prioritize amending our current anti-discrimination laws. Currently the Ohio anti-discrimination law does not include protection against sexual orientation or gender identity. Your employer, housing, or public service should not discriminate against you because of your sexual orientation or gender identity
I would also prioritize amending our current anti-discrimination laws to include protection against sexual orientation or gender identity. Your employer, housing, or public service should not discriminate against you because of your sexual orientation or gender identity. Another priority would be with public funds for education. Education funding structures should ensure that public funds are being fairly distributed to the schools and districts who have the greatest educational needs. The concern I have is that the funds are not being properly allocated to the schools and districts with the greatest education needs. The opiate crisis is another priority.

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