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Director of the E.P.A.; former Republican UT Governor:
Mike Leavitt on the Issues

Mike Leavitt on Abortion

No stance on record.

Mike Leavitt on Budget & Economy

  • Highest priority is “economic transition”. (Jan 2001)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)

Mike Leavitt on Civil Rights

  • More federal funding of IDEA for disabled education. (Mar 2000)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
  • Decide Indian gaming rules at state level, not DOI. (Jul 1999)

Mike Leavitt on Corporations

  • Bankruptcy reform: prevent inappropriate Chapter 7 filings. (May 1999)

Mike Leavitt on Crime

  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
  • Zero tolerance for violence against government employees. (Aug 2001)
  • Tougher juvenile crime penalties; but let states set them. (Aug 1999)

Mike Leavitt on Drugs

  • Drug Courts are working; expand them statewide. (Jan 2001)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
  • States should make drug policy, not feds. (Aug 2001)

Mike Leavitt on Education

  • Emphasize market relevance in state colleges. (Jan 2001)
  • 14.8% increase in funding for public education. (Jan 2001)
  • U-PASS: Accountability and skills testing in every grade. (Jan 2001)

Mike Leavitt on Energy & Oil

  • Ban nuclear waste & fuel rods from the state. (Jan 2001)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions. (Aug 2001)
  • Maintain federal funds for transit funding above 12.5% cap. (Jul 1999)

Mike Leavitt on Environment

  • Cap-and-trade for air pollution, as worked for acid rain. (Dec 2003)
  • Applies Enlibra principles of moving toward balance to EPA. (Dec 2003)
  • 500-day plans with 5,000 day horizons. (Dec 2003)
  • Developed the Enlibra principles of environmental protection. (Jun 2002)
  • Spruce up, clean up and keep up our state parks. (Jan 2001)
  • Heritage Waters: 1% of all rivers for recreational fishing. (Jan 2001)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Focus on prevention and states for Endangered Species. (Aug 2001)
  • Collaborative, incentive driven, locally-based solutions. (Aug 2001)
  • Apply "Good Samaritan" rules to abandoned mine cleanup. (Aug 2001)
  • State primacy over water quantity & quality issues. (Aug 2001)
  • Maintain joint EPA-state authority over nuclear waste. (Oct 1999)

Mike Leavitt on Families & Children

  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)
  • Keep TANF program focused on family welfare, not other tasks. (Mar 1999)

Mike Leavitt on Foreign Policy

No stance on record.

Mike Leavitt on Free Trade

No stance on record.

Mike Leavitt on Government Reform

  • Count missionaries abroad in census; gain Congressional seat. (Jan 2001)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
  • More federal funding for FAA and air traffic control. (Jul 1999)

Mike Leavitt on Gun Control

No stance on record.

Mike Leavitt on Health Care

  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • More federal funding for rural health services. (Aug 2001)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)

Mike Leavitt on Homeland Security

No stance on record.

Mike Leavitt on Immigration

  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)

Mike Leavitt on Jobs

  • Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship. (Aug 2001)

Mike Leavitt on Principles & Values

  • Bases his cabinet, & his participation in Bush’s, on loyalty. (Dec 2003)
  • Religious affiliation: Latter-day Saint. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of the Western Governors' Association. (Aug 2001)

Mike Leavitt on Social Security

  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
  • Maintain federal funding of Social Services Block Grants. (Sep 1999)

Mike Leavitt on Tax Reform

  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)

Mike Leavitt on War & Peace

  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
  • Study terrorist threats against nuclear waste repositories. (Aug 2001)

Mike Leavitt on Welfare & Poverty

  • Maintain TANF block grants. (Apr 2000)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)