Bob Caskey Reply: The Armstrong Survey for 2006 Colorado Candidates
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Bob Caskey, House District 55, Republican
In 250 words or less, please summarize why voters should pick you.
As a fiscal conservative, I know that government can be more effective and efficient. In 2005, when Referenda C & D were on the ballot, I did not support either. I managed a budget in the millions for a state agency. Each year we were asked to complete our core mission on a smaller budget than the previous year. It can be done.
It is time for the legislature to resolve the conflicts in our tax codes, like Amendments Gallagher and 23, along with the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR). It's time we solve these issues and keep the original intent of TABOR. I am willing to stand up and work to solve the budget problems.
Do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE the use of eminent domain for purposes of economic development and/or generating tax revenues?
Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation repealing the state- wide smoking ban (except in government buildings)?
Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation prohibiting local governments from imposing smoking bans (except in government buildings)?
In Alaska, citizens can carry concealed weapons for noncriminal purposes without a permit, or they can get a permit recognized by other states. Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation creating a concealed weapons system in Colorado like that in Alaska?
Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation to prohibit private citizens from ever carrying a concealed weapon?
Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation to allow citizens to carry a concealed weapon only with the permission and at the discretion of a law enforcement agent?
Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation to repeal background registration checks for private sales at gun shows?
Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation forcing gun owners to lock up their defensive firearms?
Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation adding legal liability specifically to gun owners who do not lock up their defensive firearms?
Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation restricting the number of firearms that a citizen may purchase in a given time period? If you would sponsor or support such legislation, please specify the restrictions you favor.
Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation further restricting the types of firearms that a citizen may purchase? If you would sponsor or support such legislation, please list all particular restrictions you would support.
Article XI, Section 2 of Colorado's Constitution states, "Neither the state, nor any county, [etc.]... shall make any donation or grant to, or in aid of... any corporation or company..." However, according to the Economic Development reports available at http://www.state.co.us/ oed/edc/EDC-Reports.cfm, the state has offered corporate welfare to such corporations as Intel, Raytheon, Kodak, and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.
Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation eliminating all corporate welfare to for-profit corporations?
I believe in the free enterprise system. Government should provide an environment where free enterprise flourishes. When it comes to government regulations, I am a minimalist.
The state has also offered subsidies to such entities as the Limon Golf Course and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation eliminating all economic subsidies?
My answer is the same as above.
**Amendments and Referenda**
Please state whether you SUPPORT or OPPOSE each of the following
Amendment 38, Petitions
Amendment 39, School District Spending Requirements
Amendment 40, Term Limits for Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Judges
Amendment 41, Standards of Conduct in Government
Amendment 42, Colorado Minimum Wage
Amendment 43, Marriage
Amendment 44, Marijuana Possession
Referendum E, Property Tax Reduction for Disabled Veterans
Referendum F, Recall Deadlines
Referendum G, Obsolete Constitutional Provisions
Referendum H, Limiting a State Business Income Tax Deduction
Referendum I, Domestic Partnerships
Referendum J, School District Spending Requirements
Referendum K, Immigration Lawsuit Against Federal Government
Oppose How much sense does it make to sue ourselves.
NOTE: **The next several questions are open ended. You may also include an internet link to a document that explains your position on the issue.**
Please describe which additional restrictions, if any, should be placed on abortion.
I am pro life and believe that all life is precious and should be protected.
Do you support more state spending on education? Vouchers? What do you think is the proper role of government in education?
Our schools are blessed with teachers that dedicate their lives to educating our children and perform at incredible levels of proficiency. They should be allowed to devote their precious time to teaching and should not be burdened with being a social counselors or disciplinarians. Parental involvement cannot be ignored in the equation nor legislated. However, more state spending will not solve these problems. First, we need to look closely at the individual schools to evaluate where they can be more efficient and where the dollars need to be expended.
I support choice in education, which includes choice for the teachers, students and parents. School choices like charter schools, private schools or home schooling are best left to the parents.
Yes; I support vouchers. Vouchers will provide parents with a choice and create competition that will help to improve the education system.
What do you think is the proper role of state government in medicine?
Should state policies be different than they are now? If so, how? Do you support a "single payer" health system and/or government-backed "universal" care?
I am an advocate for private enterprise. There is more than enough government intervention in the medical field. Legislature should be cautious about intervention in the area of health care. Hospitals in all communities are very important for needed health care and for providing employment; this is especially true in Colorado's rural communities.
Over regulation of health care drives up the cost and limits innovation. Government programs like Medicaid should be required to use preferred drug lists and generic drugs.
When government controls health care they will decide who receives care and who does not, and what type of care. Rationing health care is not a decision that I am comfortable with.