2016 Pre Session Survey

From the following list of issues, which issue do you believe should be the top priority of the Virginia House of Delegates?

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  • Stephen Winkler
    answered 2017-02-11 10:00:46 -0500
    Q: “Sanctuary cities” are localities that shelter illegal immigrants by refusing to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement laws. Do you support or oppose legislation prohibiting Virginia localities from adopting “Sanctuary City” policies?
    A: Support
  • Stephen Winkler
    answered 2017-02-11 10:00:28 -0500
    Q: Twenty years ago, Virginia abolished parole for violent offenders and established "Truth in Sentencing," which requires convicted criminals to serve at least 85% of their sentences. Since then, Virginia's crime and repeat-offender rates fell to some of the lowest in the nation. Do you support or oppose “Truth in Sentencing”?
    A: Support "Truth in Sentencing"
  • Stephen Winkler
    answered 2017-02-11 10:00:02 -0500
    Q: In order to provide healthcare services in Virginia, a provider must obtain a “Certificate of Public Need” from the state. This is a lengthy regulatory process with significant costs. Some argue that COPN should be reformed in order to make healthcare more of a free market, which they say would lower costs and expand access. Others argue the COPN process is necessary to control costs, ensure the quality of care and protect the financial viability of hospitals. Which of the following best describes your position?
    A: Virginia should repeal its COPN laws
  • Stephen Winkler
    answered 2017-02-11 09:58:58 -0500
    Q: Do you support or oppose efforts to expand state “Tuition Assistance Grants” to Virginia students who attend private colleges and universities? Tuition assistance grants are awarded to Virginia residents who attend accredited private colleges in Virginia like [list local private school]. The maximum grant size is $3,100.
    A: Oppose
  • Stephen Winkler
    answered 2017-02-11 09:58:22 -0500
    Q: Some elected officials advocate expanding early childhood education in Virginia by offering universal Pre-K to all children through Virginia’s public schools, which they say improves long-term educational and economic outcomes. Others argue universal Pre-K offers little tangible benefit and would increase class sizes, force local school divisions to take on debt in order to build new classrooms and cost the state nearly $600 million per year. Which of the following best describes your view on early childhood education in Virginia?
    A: Virginia needs more early childhood education opportunities, but universal Pre-K is not the right approach. Virginia should expand access to private early childhood education providers.
  • Stephen Winkler
    answered 2017-02-11 09:57:44 -0500
    Q: Other states have adopted legislation creating “Parental Education Savings Accounts.” These optional accounts allow parents to use a portion of their child’s share of state funding for educational purposes, including tuition at a private or charter school, hire a tutor, enroll their child in online classes, or save for college. Would you support or oppose the creation of Parental Education Savings Accounts in Virginia?
    A: Support
  • Stephen Winkler
    answered 2017-02-11 09:57:26 -0500
    Q: Do you believe state government has a role to play in incentivizing job creation through the use of tax credits and economic development incentives?
    A: Yes
  • Stephen Winkler
    answered 2017-02-11 09:57:09 -0500
    Q: Would you support efforts to reform Virginia’s tax system by eliminating tax credits, deductions, incentives and preferences in order to lower the overall tax rate?
    A: Yes
  • Stephen Winkler
    answered 2017-02-11 09:55:41 -0500
    Q: What core services provided by state government are most important to you?
    A: Fostering Jobs and economic development
  • Stephen Winkler
    answered 2017-02-11 09:55:12 -0500
    Q: From the following list of issues, which issue do you believe should be the top priority of the Virginia House of Delegates?
    A: Creating jobs and improving the economy
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