Allen Dreher: The Armstrong Survey for 2006 Colorado Candidates

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Allen Dreher: The Armstrong Survey for 2006 Colorado Candidates

Please see The Armstrong Survey for 2006 Colorado Candidates for more information about the survey and a complete list of candidates who have replied.

Editor's disclaimer: I am posting the replies of all specified candidates who send them in, "complete and unedited," as stated in the survey. The publication of a candidate's replies here in no way implies support or agreement with that candidate's views by me, Linn Armstrong, the Colorado Freedom Report, or any other party. -- Ari Armstrong


Allen Dreher, House District 43, Democrat

**Property Rights**

Do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE the use of eminent domain for purposes of economic development and/or generating tax revenues? I oppose the use of eminent domain for commercial use. It is intented for the common good, eg. schools, roads, etc. not private industry.

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation repealing the state- wide smoking ban (except in government buildings)? I would oppose a repeal of the statewide smoking ban.

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation prohibiting local governments from imposing smoking bans (except in government buildings)? I would not. I would oppose any such legislation.

**Civil Arms**

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? I would oppose legislation to allow concealed weapons being carried.

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation to prohibit private citizens from ever carrying a concealed weapon? I would oppose.

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? Yes I would support.

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation to repeal background registration checks for private sales at gun shows? I would oppose. We need the background checks to verify.

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation forcing gun owners to lock up their defensive firearms? I would be in favor of this but I don't know if we should be telling individuals what they should do in their own homes.

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation adding legal liability specifically to gun owners who do not lock up their defensive firearms? Yes. A gun owner, like a vehical owner, needs to be responsible for their ownership.

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. I wouldn't limit their purchases as far as quality as long as they can pass the background check.

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. I would still limit the purchase of assult rifles and heavy military equipment. Not exactly needed for hunting.

**Corporate Welfare**

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 would oppose. There are many occasions when supporting a corporation increases the tax return through sales, property and income tax from the corporation and it's employees. Sometimes you need to go the extra mile to attract and/or keep corporations in our state.

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?I would oppose.

**Amendments and Referenda**

Please state whether you SUPPORT or OPPOSE each of the following measures:

Amendment 38
Petitions
Oppose since this could be used to delute Ref. C

Amendment 39
School District Spending Requirements
I would oppose. I think we need the local school boards to make the decisions that are relevent to their school district.

Amendment 40
Term Limits for Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Judges
I oppose.

Amendment 41
Standards of Conduct in Government
I am in favor of this Amendment. I feel that any legislator should not receive any gifts or extra benefits from any source (political or corporate). They should be clear of all outside influences.

Amendment 42
Colorado Minimum Wage
I am in favor. It should probably be higher. However I don't see why this is an Amendment and will be part of the constitution.

Amendment 43
Marriage
I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. However I don't feel that this should be put into the state constitution.

Amendment 44
Marijuana Possession
I don't believe in recreational drugs but I really don't have a stand on this issue.

Referendum E
Property Tax Reduction for Disabled Veterans
Yes. Veterans have given of themselves and many times more than any of us can imagine. They should be given any and all assistance that the state can afford to give.

Referendum F
Recall Deadlines
I don't see the need to change the present time frame.

Referendum G
Obsolete Constitutional Provisions
Yes. Some of the wording and provisions need to be cleaned up.

Referendum H
Limiting a State Business Income Tax Deduction
I think that we need to be careful so that we don't run off more local businesses.

Referendum I
Domestic Partnerships
Yes. It is just the right thing to do.

Referendum J
School District Spending Requirements
No. Again this is an issue that the local school boards need to address not the state legislature.

Referendum K
Immigration Lawsuit Against Federal Government
Yes. There are many laws in place and techniques that have been ignored and not used. Even though this is mostly symbolic I would like the state to pursue it.

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.**

**Abortion**

Please describe which additional restrictions, if any, should be placed on abortion.

I don't believe in abortion but I don't feel I or the government has the right to tell another how they should feel or what they should do.

**Education**

Do you support more state spending on education? Vouchers? What do you think is the proper role of government in education?

Colorado has been in a steady decline in state funding for our schools. Higher education is now ranked 48 in the country. We need more funding and less interference with local school boards.

**Medicine**

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 in favor of a state wide (or multi state) insurance policy. The economics of scale is tremendious and could get the over 770,000 uninsured individuals covered.

**Other**

Feel free to describe your views on other important issues facing citizens in the state.

Our highway network is in need of drastic repair.

We need to help the middle class in getting back on their feet and provide incentives to help them start savings and retirement accounts.

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