What are your views on the following issues:
- Campaign Finance Reform
- Deregistration Reform (federal issue, but still would like to know your thoughts)
- The region's current abortion laws
- The region's current labor laws
- The current regional income and corporate tax rates
- Increasing the powers of the LG office
I can only speak for myself because I haven't discussed all of these issues with Cathcon yet so here's what I think:
- Campaign Finance Reform: With all due respect, that doesn't seem relevant to me in Atlasia.
Thus, I'm not planning to introduce any bill on this issue.
- Deregistration reform: I think the status quo is alright. Someone who doesn't want to participate in the game anymore can simple stop voting so he/she will be removed from the voter rolls after three federal elections. However, if the Senate manages to pass a bill which doesn't create additional problems (e.g. a court case like the one mentioned in the debate thread), I'm fine with that, too.
- Abortion laws: You and I know that I consider myself pro-life/anti-abortion/anti-choice (whichever you prefer
) so in my ideal world abortions would be outlawed. Yet, since the Mideast is a region that is quite diverse politically speaking I stand behind the current abortion statute, which is a compromise most people can live with.
- Labor laws: I generally support the recently passed "Labor Relations Act" but I want it to include a clause which states that an employee cannot be forced to join a union because that, in my view, is a violation of one's right to freedom of association. Nevertheless, the people of the Mideast have spoken and approved of the "Labor Relations Act" so I accept that.
- Fracking is an issue which we have to approach carefully. While fracking is a very interesting method from an economic point of view there are certain environmental risks involved, though the scientific community appears to be split on the question whether these effects are severe or not. I think we should give fracking a chance and put a special emphasis on environment-friendly techonologies, such as "clean (or advanced) fracking".
- Taxes: I am of the opinion that our regional taxes need not be lowered. Our income and corporate tax rates are low enough to ensure that the Mideast remains competitive. If anything, the federal tax rates must be lowered, and I am glad to see that the Senate has taken certain steps in that direction.
- LG: I opposed the re-establishment of the Lt. Governor and what I have seen so far hasn't really convinced me otherwise. The Lt. Governor only has a couple of "behind-the-scenes" duties, which does little to strengthen the public appeal of the position. So yes, if we want to make the office of Lt. Governor more attractive and effective, we need to increase its powers. However, this only seems possible if we take some of these powers away from the Governor, and I am not sure if I like this idea. Thus, as I said above, I am still not convinced that it was a good idea to re-establish the office of Lt. Governor. Of course, if I am elected Governor I will do as much as I can to involve my Lt. Governor Cathcon in my executive work.