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Sheila Oliver's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: Lieutenant Governor (NJ), Democratic

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Sheila Oliver has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2017 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

What is the Political Courage Test?
This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

New Jersey State Legislative Election 2011 Political Courage Test

Pro-choice a) Do you support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
b) Should abortion be legal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yes c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yes d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
No e) Should parental notification be required before an abortion is performed on a minor?
No f) Should parental consent be required before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yes g) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
No h) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles

1) State SpendingIndicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.2) State TaxesIndicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you can use a number more than once.3) Budget StabilizationIndicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing New Jersey's budget.

Greatly Increase a) Education (higher)
Slightly Increase b) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increase c) Environment
Slightly Increase d) Health care
Greatly Increase e) Law enforcement
Greatly Increase f) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increase g) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Status b) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Status c) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status d) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decrease e) Property taxes
Maintain Status f) Sales taxes
Slightly Decrease g) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decrease h) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increase i) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories
No a) Tapping into New Jersey's "rainy day" fund
Yes b) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
No c) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
No d) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
No e) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
f) Privatizing certain government services
No g) Reducing public pension benefits
[b) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders] the word "certain" was circled [f)] Privatizing certain government services] Response was both "yes and no"

c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?

Yes a) Do you support limits on the number of terms for New Jersey governors?
No b) Do you support limits on the number of terms for New Jersey state legislators?
Yes 1) Individual
Yes 2) Political Action Committee
Yes 3) Corporate
Yes 4) Political Party
Yes d) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yes e) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
f) Other or expanded principles
No a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yes b) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Yes c) Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
No e) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
No f) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
[d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?] Response was "Depends"
No a) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yes b) Do you support state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Yes c) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yes d) Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Yes e) Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Yes f) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Yes g) Do you support comprehensive public pension reform that incorporates a defined contribution plan, similar to a 401(k)?
h) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards intiative?
No b) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
No c) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Yes d) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yes e) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Yes f) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from New Jersey high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support state regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yes b) Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
Yes c) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yes d) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yes e) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yes f) Do you support state funding for improvements to New Jersey's energy infrastructure?
Yes g) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
h) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yes b) Do you support requiring background checks on all firearms sales at gun shows, including sales by unlicensed dealers?
No c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yes d) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yes b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yes c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
d) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
No e) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
No f) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in New Jersey?
Yes g) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
[d) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?] Response was "undecided".
Yes a) Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yes b) Should New Jersey continue to grant civil unions to same-sex couples?
Yes c) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Yes d) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yes e) Do you support affirmative action?
Yes f) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New Jersey's anti-discrimination laws?
Yes g) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in New Jerseys anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles
For the 2012-2014 legislative sessions, a major priority will be job creation and reduction of unemployment. While there has been some job creation, significant numbers of NJ residents remain unemployed, and the job market must be restructured to accommodate the newly unemployed. Job training, and re-training is of major concern. Some industries will never be available to those who worked within them, and many of our State's residents will need to acquire new marketable skills for the emerging labor markets. Another priority is creating broader opportunity and access to higher education within our State, and providing broader support to our.....

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