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2014 General Assembly Session Survey

As I prepare for the upcoming legislative session in Richmond, your opinion is the most valuable tool I take with me. I appreciate you taking the time to give me your opinion on the direction in which you would like to see Virginia go. Please feel free to forward this message to anyone in the 13th Senate District who would like to provide additional input.

The newly formed 13th Senate District includes: Ashburn, southern Leesburg, Lovettsville, Hamilton, Purcellville, South Riding, Broadlands, Hillsboro, Lucketts, Bluemont, Round Hill, Waterford, Gainesville, Bristow, Haymarket and Manassas.



TRANSPORTATION

1. Do you support amending the Constitution of Virginia that would ensure that revenues dedicated to the state’s Transportation Trust Fund be secured so that they could only be spent on transportation?




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2. What transportation problem would you most like to see addressed?

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BUDGET/TAXES


3. Although the Commonwealth’s revenues are showing some signs of improvement, the languishing economic recovery still necessitates spending restraint. Considering this situation, what do you believe should be the highest priority in the upcoming budget? [Please rank your responses. 1 = Highest Priority, and 6 = Lowest Priority.]

Funding for mental health care services

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Funding for public safety

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Funding for public schools (kindergarten through 12th grade)

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Funding for state-supported colleges and universities

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Funding for transportation

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Tax relief for Virginians

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4. Should Virginia lower its corporate income tax rate to attract new industries, encourage existing ones to expand, and stimulate job growth?




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EDUCATION

5. Should public school teachers be rewarded with merit-based pay increases when their students consistently score above the state average on standardized tests?




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6. Do you believe that the state should require 65% of spending on K-12 education be funneled directly into the classrooms?




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7. Currently homeschooled students are not allowed to participate in public school sports. Do you support changing the law to allow homeschooled children to participate in public school sports?




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ELECTIONS

8. Currently, Virginia includes a candidates’ party affiliation on the ballot for federal and state offices but does not specify the party of candidates running at the local level (Boards of Supervisors, Sheriffs, etc.). Would you support including the party affiliation of candidates for local office on the ballot?




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9. Currently, Virginia voters do not register by party. This allows voters from any party to elect a party’s nominee regardless of whether they affiliate with that party or not. Would you support registration by party?




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OTHER ISSUES

10. Does Virginia need more gun control laws, fewer restrictions on firearms ownership, or currently has the right balance of laws on the ownership and use of firearms?




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11. Do you support the exploration of natural gas off the coastal areas of Virginia?




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12. Do you support the mining of uranium in southside Virginia?




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13. Should workers have a right to a secret ballot when voting in union elections?




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14. Do you believe the Virginia Constitution should guarantee that no one will be forced to join a union as a condition of employment?




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15. Should Virginia State Police and local law enforcement officers be required to detain and hold illegal aliens for deportation when they are pulled over for a traffic violation or arrested for another crime?




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16. Currently, local governments in Virginia are required to advertise proposed ordinance changes and public hearings in newspapers. In an effort to reduce spending and find savings, should local governments be permitted to post proposed ordinance changes and public hearings online in lieu of newspaper advertising?




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17. Should illegal aliens be legally prevented from receiving in-state tuition at Virginia’s public colleges and universities?




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18. What do you believe are the top three issues Virginia lawmakers should address during the upcoming legislative session?

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