2014 Pre-Session Survey
Delegate Brenda Pogge

The following are important public policy issues which may be considered by the General Assembly during the 2014 Legislative Session.  Your opinion is very important to me, so please take a few moments to let me know where you stand on these important issues.  If you are undecided on an issue, feel free to leave it blank.  Should you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov or 804-698-1096.

1. From the following list of issues, which issue do you believe should be the top priority of the Virginia House of Delegates?
Please rank your responses 1 = Highest priority, 8 = Lowest priority.
Highest priority
Lowest priority
Creating jobs and improving the economy.
Making higher education more affordable and accessible.
Improving transportation.
Improving health care.
Improving K-12 education.
Cutting wasteful government spending.
Holding the line against higher taxes.
Fighting against federal mandates like ObamaCare.
2. Virginia continues to face budget constraints due to the lingering effects of the nationwide recession.  How do you believe the General Assembly should address such budgetary constraints?
Please rank your responses. 1 = First course of action, and 4 = Last resort.
First course of action
Last resort
Raise general or statewide taxes (sales, income, gas, and/or personal property).
Increase certain fees to cover the actual cost of providing certain government services.
Cut government spending.
Streamline government programs and services.

3. Virginia is a “right to work” state which means that no employee can be forced to join a union or pay union dues in order to get or keep a job. Do you support or oppose “right to work” laws in order to keep union bosses in check?

4. Many parents, teachers, administrators and elected officials have called for reforms to Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. Do you think the SOLs need to be reformed?
Check any that apply.
5. School choice refers to the idea that parents and children should have a variety of traditional and non-traditional educational options available to ensure that each student’s experience fits their needs.  Which of the following school choice options do you support:
Check all that apply.

6. Do you support or oppose efforts to allow home-school children to participate in public school sports programs?

7. Do you support or oppose ObamaCare’s Medicaid Expansion in Virginia? While expansion could provide coverage for 400,000 currently uninsured Virginians, it could cost the Commonwealth of Virginia over $1 billion per year, forcing cuts to other key services like education, mental health and public safety.
8. Do you support or oppose legislation that would reform Virginia’s ethics laws to require more frequent and specific financial disclosures by lobbyists and elected officials in Virginia?

9. Should voters have the option to register by political party (Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc.)?

10. Do you support the exploration of natural gas and oil off the coastal water areas of Virginia?

11. Would you support legislation easing the standards for felons to present new evidence of their innocence while they are incarcerated?

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