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John Hicks' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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John Hicks has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2019 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Kentucky Gubernatorial Election 2019 Political Courage Test

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?
Yes c) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
Both my running mate, Ann Cormican, and I consider ourselves to be pro-life and opposed to abortion. We respect those who have strong beliefs on this subject and support their free-speech efforts to convince others. But this very complicated issue is used by the powers-that-be to manipulate us. We believe in self-ownership and strong parental rights, and we are wary of the abuse of governmental power, so we wish to minimize the involvement of government in this issue. (Thus the answer to the first question here is: No, we do not support additional legislation -- but that wasn't an option.)

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

Yes a) Do you support the legalization and taxation of online gambling for the purpose of stabilizing Kentucky's pension system?
No b) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions?
No c) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees?
No d) An income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Increases in revenue might be accomplished by: -- legalizing Cannabis (but not by taxing medicinal Cannabis) -- expanding gambling in an evenhanded manner that does not create government-sanctioned monopolies -- expanding our economy (e.g. by encouraging the re-establishment of hemp as a major cash crop) In general, a revenue shortfall requires reductions in expenditures. These should never require furloughs, layoffs, or a reduction in employee compensation. Reductions might be accomplished in some areas by streamlining operations, which could result in some staff reductions through attrition and/or reassignment.
No a) Do you support a limit on campaign contributions to state candidates?
No 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?
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?
I advocate two election reform measures that will greatly reduce the role of money in politics and will eliminate gerrymandering. Using ranked-choice voting (RCV), we should implement: (a) instant-runoffs for all elections (requiring a majority to win an election), and (b) proportional representation for electing Representatives (so the makeup of the House will reflect a full cross-section of the electorate). Virtually every voter will be able to point to someone in the House that they voted for. This second proposal would replace our current single-member House districts with multi-member districts. Thus, there would be no incentive to gerrymander district boundaries.
No a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
No b) Should a minor 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?
Yes d) Do you support the legalization of medical marijuana?
State and local governments are not constitutionally obligated to enforce federal law. They have the right to do so selectively based on the consensus of their citizens. I support the outright legalization of the entire Cannabis genus (industrial hemp, medicinal and recreational marijuana).
No a) Do you support state government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes 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?
No d) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
No e) Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
No f) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage of Kentucky?
No g) Do you support requiring employers to provide paid family leave?
We can best support a thriving economy by building a world where everyone is able to live a flourishing, gratifying, and thus productive life. I'll work to remove any barriers to obtaining a good education and needed training, seeking and retaining good employment, and starting and growing a business.
No a) Do you support adopting federal education standards in Kentucky?
Yes b) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
c) Should immigrants unlawfully present in the United States who graduate from Kentucky high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
No d) Do you support increasing funding for higher education?
Like most Kentuckians, I support the many immigrants who come to the U.S. to improve their lot and who are willing to work to do that. For that reason, I support an expanded and improved work-visa program that is readily accessible but that monitors participants for compliance and may limit duration of stay. The absurdity of the current system has resulted in many who are here illegally. I, like most, Kentuckians, believe they should be treated with respect and humanity.
No a) Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Yes b) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yes c) Do you support increasing state funding for clean drinking water initiatives?
No d) Do you support decreasing compensation for citizens who generate excess energy from personal solar panels ("net-metering")?
Most Kentuckians, like me, are fervent conservationists. State government, likewise, should do its part in conserving our environment. Government should generally not be involved in subsidizing proposed solutions to environmental problems: It's not good at predicting the future, it risks taxpayers' money, and it invites corruption via crony capitalism. Good public utility policy should probably encourage the separation of generation and distribution systems. The current Net Metering program should be continued for current participants. It should be transitioned to a market-based system for new participants. There should be no penalty for living "off the grid".
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?
No d) Should a license be required for gun ownership?
Local school systems should have the authority to decide whether teachers might have firearms in the schools and to establish policies for training and safety. The state can facilitate this by providing information and inter-district coordination and communication on this subject.
a) Should the state government increase funding for treatment facilities to combat opioid abuse?
No b) Do you support Medicaid expansion through Kentucky'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) Do you support a statewide smoking ban in workplaces that do not specialize in selling tobacco?
Experience in other states has shown that opioid abuse can be significantly reduced by legalizing Cannabis.
No a) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Kentucky's anti-discrimination laws?
No b) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Kentucky's anti-discrimination laws?
No c) Do you support greater efforts by Kentucky state government in closing the pay gap between men and women?
Libertarians believe in respect for all individuals and in equal rights for all. Governmental policy and procedures should apply even-handedly to all Kentuckians. We are reluctant to grant government the power to try to force private parties to adhere to specific policies. It complicates compliance efforts tremendously and drives any prejudice and discrimination underground where it's difficult to detect. Sunlight is better. I'll encourage businesses to publish their policies and to abide by what they publish. Its far better for empowered and informed individuals to be able to make informed decisions about where they work and what businesses they patronize.
I advocate two election reform measures that will greatly reduce the role of money in politics and will eliminate gerrymandering. Using ranked-choice voting (RCV), we should implement: (a) instant-runoffs for all elections (requiring a majority to win an election), and (b) proportional representation for electing Representatives (so the makeup of the House will reflect a full cross-section of the electorate). Virtually every voter will be able to point to someone in the House that they voted for. This second proposal would replace our current single-member House districts with multi-member districts. Thus, there would be no incentive to gerrymander district boundaries.

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