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Antonio Giarrusso

R

Deputy Minority Leader, Rhode Island State House of Representatives (2017 - 2019)

Biography

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Political Experience

Professional Experience

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

Policy Positions

Rhode Island State Legislative Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Education

1. Do you support adopting federal education standards in Rhode Island?
- No

2. Should immigrants unlawfully present in the United States who graduate from Rhode Island high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
- Yes

3. Do you support state funding for charter schools?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Legislative Priorities

In the following area, please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- Improve the economy by reducing tax and regulatory burdens on businesses to come here and grow here. Educate our children for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Reduce taxes on pensions and social security along with making estate taxes on par with federal level to retain our retirees. Too many retirees leave RI for more tax friendly states and is a negative on the economy as well as hurting families by separating them.

Gun

1. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- No Answer

2. Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
- Yes

3. Other or expanded principles
- A. I support gun control if it makes the situation better and not just making it easier to take gun rights from law-abiding citizens.C. Teachers that have conceal carry permits should be able carry anywhere that all conceal carry permitted citizens can carry.

4. Should teachers be allowed to bring guns into the classroom?
- No Answer

5. Should a license be required for gun ownership?
- Yes

Health

1. Should the state government increase funding for treatment facilities to combat opioid abuse?
- Yes

2. Do you support legislation that grants citizens the right to choose to die through euthanasia?
- No

3. Do you support eliminating religious exemptions for vaccinations?
- No

4. Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
- No

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

6. Do you support Medicaid expansion through Rhode Island's health care programs?
- No

Social

1. Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Rhode Island's anti-discrimination laws?
- Yes

2. Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Rhode Island's anti-discrimination laws?
- Yes

3. Do you support greater efforts by Rhode Island state government in closing the pay gap between men and women?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Environment & Energy

1. Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- No

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

3. Do you support state government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

4. Do you support increasing state funding for clean drinking water initiatives?
- Yes

Abortion & Reproductive

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-life

2. Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
- Yes

3. Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Budget, Spending, & Tax

Budget Stabilization:

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Rhode Island's budget.

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions?
- No

3. Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees?
- No

4. Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients?
- No

5. An income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- No

Campaign Finance & Government Reform

1. Do you support any limits on campaign contributions to state candidates?
- Yes

2. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes

3. Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
- Yes

4. Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Crime & Public Safety

1. Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
- Yes

2. Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
- Yes

3. Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- Question C is too vague because it doesn't specify age and only refers to minor. Naturally, considering adult punishment is not the same when a minor is 10 years old vs. 16.

5. Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- No

6. Do you support a criminal penalty of up to life in prison for drug dealers in cases of fatal overdoses?
- Yes

Economic

1. Do you support an increase of the minimum wage of Rhode Island?
- No

2. Do you support offering state tax incentives to attract businesses to Rhode Island?
- Yes

3. Do you support state government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

4. Do you support lowering state taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

5. Do you support reducing state government regulations on the private sector?
- Yes

6. Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
- No

7. Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
- Yes

8. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Articles

Issue Position: Bringing Rhode Island Back

Jan. 17

"We need to restore Rhode Island as a place where our children excel in our public schools, and stay here to live and work. We need to restore Rhode Island as a place where business wants to invest again, and create the jobs our children will need. And we need to restore confidence in government and start managing, dealing aggressively with excessive debt, irresponsible promises and a confusion of priorities." Anthony Giarrusso AND HERE'S WHERE WE NEED TO START... GREAT SCHOOLS MUST BE FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE*Continue to refine the state funding formula for schools*Reward high-performing schools and school districts*Support greater use of classroom technologies*Support greater use of information technologies by school districts IF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS IMPORTANT, MAKE IT IMPORTANT*Create cabinet-level Department of Economic Development*Drive an 'Open For Business' strategy to attract business to Rhode Island*Focus CCRI on development of 'new economy' skills*Eliminate irrelevant red tape and regulation DEMAND GOVERNMENT THAT SERVES*Drive creation of more effective digital state services*Prohibit unfunded state mandates*Support multi-community efforts at consolidation*Measure everything. Demand results.

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