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Melanie Ann Levesque's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State Senate (NH) - District 12, Democratic

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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 Hampshire State Legislative Election 2016 Political Courage Test

Pro-choice a) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yes b) Should abortions be illegal 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) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
No f) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
No g) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
No h) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
Abortions should be rare and legal. It is not the governments role to determine what a woman can do with her body. This decision should be made by the woman, her doctor and family if possible. There may be extenuating circumstances such as life of the mother that must be taken in consideration. Ideally a minor should be able to go to their parents however the parents may not be supportive. In this case counseling to try to work with parents and educate the young girl would be important.

1) Budget Stabilization:Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing New Hampshire's budget.2) State Spending:Indicate 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.3) State Taxes:Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.

Yes a) Tapping into New Hampshire's "rainy day" fund
No b) Decreasing funding for public universities
No c) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
No d) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
No e) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Greatly Increase a) Education (higher)
Slightly Increase b) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increase c) Environment
Maintain Status d) Health care
Slightly Increase e) Law enforcement/corrections
Greatly Increase f) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Status g) Welfare
Slightly Increase a) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Status b) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status c) Small business taxes
Slightly Increase d) Gas/Oil taxes
Greatly Decrease e) Property taxes
Greatly Decrease f) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Status g) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Maintain Status h) Income taxes (high-income families)
The rainy day fund if for a time of dire need when additional funds are needed. Especially when people lives and health are at stake. If there is no other way to balance the budget a portion of the fund could be used. The fund should also be replenished as quickly as possible.
NH has one of the highest tuition rates in the country. More money should go to offsetting the cost of college. Full day kindergarten is needed for our children to start on the right foot and someday compete for jobs. We should increase incentives for renewable energy project residential and business. Medicaid expansion should be made permanent. It has assisted over 50,000 Granite Staters with basic healthcare and drug addition treatment. Rail may assist in economic development and keep young people in the state.
Education is funded by our property taxes. This is punitive to retirees who live on a fixed income. I would like to see and small but broad Education tax to offset property taxes.

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?

No 1) Individual
No 2) Political Action Committee
Yes 3) Corporate
No 4) Political Party
No b) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yes c) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yes d) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
No e) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
Corporate contributions should be limited for donations as people are. Donations should be fully disclosed. Redistricting should be conducted by a bipartisan commission. If there is a way to provide id's for free that is one solution.
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 legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
No d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
No e) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
Yes f) Do you support delaying the seizure of assets by law enforcement officials until after a conviction?
Yes g) Do you support additional funding for programs intended to reduce drug addiction in New Hampshire?
h) Other or expanded principles:
Yes a) Do you support government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes b) Do you support lowering 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 increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Yes e) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
No f) Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
Yes g) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yes h) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Yes i) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage?
No j) Should employers be able to ask about applicants' criminal history before interviewing them?
I support lowering taxes on the middle class to stimulate spending and the economy. Some regulation is unnecessary however it depends on the nature of the regulation. I believe they should be able to ask at the interview but it should not impact the hiring decision.
Yes a) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
No b) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
Yes c) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
No d) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
Yes e) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yes f) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Yes g) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from New Hampshire high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
I support high educations standard nationally but the curriculum should be developed locally and be approved by the local school boards. I support state funding of charter schools however not at the detriment of public schools. If there is a student that is going to a NH high school and graduates and they are on a path to becoming a citizen they should be able to continue on to college. The rate should be the same as any in state student. If they are coming from out of state it should be the out of state rate.
Yes a) Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
No b) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yes c) Do you support state funding for improvements to New Hampshire's energy infrastructure?
Yes d) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yes e) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yes f) Do you support increased regulations of the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
g) 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?
Yes c) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Yes d) Should a license be required for gun possession?
I support the 2nd amendment but there are some common sense actions we can take such as requiring background checks closing the gun show and on line sales loop holes.
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?
No c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Yes d) Do you support Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Yes e) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
No f) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yes g) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles:
Yes a) Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yes b) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New Hampshire's anti-discrimination laws?
Yes c) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in New Hampshire's anti-discrimination laws?
d) Other or expanded principles:
If elected I would like to find solutions to the NH drug problems, work on the NH energy plan supporting renewable energy projects, and work on criminal justice reform.

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