Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.
Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.
Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.
People should be able to vote without photo identification.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.
Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.
The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.
Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."
I support sanctuary cities.
I support the death penalty.
Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
I voted in these primaries and general elections:
2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
I believe that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances unless there has been forced incest or rape, or the life of the mother is at imminent risk. In all instances where abortion can be avoided, it must be avoided. I prefer strong programs supporting and promoting adoption. I would oppose pubic funding of abortion and would vote to defund Planned Parenthood
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
They believed that government should be based on moral law and not on the notions of an individual. They further believed that a system of checks and balances between the various and equal branches of government would ensure that none became more powerful than the other. A careful defining and limiting of the powers of government ensured liberty and personal freedoms.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a Protestant Christian who believes that Christ is the Son of God, and that He came to the earth and was sacrificed for the redemption of us all. These beliefs form the basis for my values of strong families, right to life, personal and religious freedoms, and limited government.
When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?
Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.
I believe my record will indicate that I am a fiscal and social conservative. I have always espoused belief in limited government, lower taxes, right to life, school choice, secure borders and the right to possess and bear arms. Among other things, I have served on the Board of Directors for a Christian Academy, which my own children attended in the primary grades (K-8).
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
The best way to bring down unemployment is to create opportunities for private sector businesses and industries to grow and expand. This can be accomplished through lower corporate taxes, limited jobs-based incentives for employers, favorable conditions for financial repatriation, fair trade practices and effective workforce development and retraining activities. In addition, although the issue is not directly related to unemployment as commonly understood, I believe that able-bodied persons with the means to work should be required to do so before public assistance of any kind is available to them. I recognize that there are those with insurmountable barriers that make working impossible. But that should not be confused with those who simply have some obstacles that make working more complicated. We all, I believe, experience such issues from time to time, but most of us still seem to get into the workforce and contribute to our communities and support ourselves and our families.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
I don't believe government can actually ensure this for everyone. Healthcare is best provided by private sector entities (under appropriate oversight and regulation), and should not be the responsibility of government itself. The government has demonstrated its ineptitude in this area through the enormous growth of Medicaid, the pending failure of Obama Care and the abysmal record of the VA Health System. Healthcare coverage will be more universally affordable and available as the economy continues to improve and employers are able to provide group coverage for working families as an incentive to attract and retain well-trained and productive workers. We will always have those persons who truly depend on the rest of us to care for them, and government must do so. Otherwise, the only way to do it successfully and sustainably is through economic growth in the private sector, not through government.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
The role of government should be to assist the community in creating an environment that is conducive to private-sector employers and developers to want to locate or expand their various enterprises within the jurisdiction. Government can assist by providing limited, jobs-based tax incentives to qualifying businesses and through the promotion of workforce development programs that ensure a dependable source of productive employees. I am often asked, "What are you doing to create jobs?" I have always believed that the worst thing government can do is 'create jobs'. Every time government creates a job, it costs money and shrinks the availability of capital in the economy by taking that money out of the pockets of the taxpayers. When private entities create jobs, they generate capital, contribute money to the community and grow the economy. Government should help ensure a business-friendly environment and then get out of the way.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I have a wide range of experience that lends itself well to the position. I have been Commissioner for nearly 5 years, and have worked very hard at keeping government accountable for the people. I have overseen the reduction of county long-term debt by $12M (>25%) in that time, have initiated many cost-savings programs such as conversion of our phone systems to VOIP, extension of our public safety radio network to include support for our county buildings and offices, renegotiated debt structures, and will soon implement a very efficient fleet management program to reduce costs and increase employee productivity and safety, to name a few. My experience as a Paramedic, 911 Dispatcher and Coroner have uniquely equipped me for better managing the most important job of government - ensuring the safety of the public. My experience and education in Employment and Labor Relations has given me an specific advantage in knowing how to best deal with contract negotiations, etc.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:
ElectMikeBaker@gmail.com 724-599-4228 (leave message)
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I have been a resident of Indiana County all my life and I have been to every corner of it and in nearly every residence and business at one time or another in my various areas of employment. It is my home and I care very deeply for the people I serve. I was raised in a very pro-labor Democratic home. I became a Republican in 1983 when Ronald Reagan was President and I was a coal miner, because I realized that I fully agreed with the things he believed and said. I suppose that, in many respects, I am not an 'Establishment Republican'. I am often discontent with the pace of government and the unwillingness to take bold steps to move America forward that I so often see in the 'old guard'. I am a Conservative, but not a conspiracy theorist who believes that government exists only to oppress the people and take away their money and their rights. I still believe that good will always prevail over the bad in the end, and I am determined to be a force for good as long as I have opportunity.