2018 Legislative Survey


Delegate James Edmunds


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Priorities, Spending & Taxes

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 Growing Paychecks
Making College More Affordable and Accessible
Reducing Congestion
Lowering Health Care Costs
Improving Public Schools
Cutting Wasteful Government Spending
Holding the Line Against Higher Taxes
Fighting Federal Government Overreach
2.  What core services provided by state government are most important to you?
Please rank your responses. 1 = Highest Priority, and 6 = Lowest Priority.
Highest Priority
Lowest Priority
Fostering jobs and economic development
Supporting K-12 schools and higher education
Keeping Virginians safe from crime
Providing health care and other services for those in need
Strengthening Virginia’s transportation system
Protecting the environment
3.  Virginia continues to face budget constraints due to sequestration and federal tax increases. 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, business and/or gas)
Increase Specific Fees to Cover the Actual Cost of Providing Certain Government Services
Cut Government Spending
Streamline Government Programs and Services
Generate new revenue by strengthening economic development services
4.  Would you say that you pay too much in Virginia taxes, about the right amount or too little?

K-12 Education

5.  Do you think students are required to take too many, too few, or about the right number of SOL tests over the course of their educational career?
6.  Charter schools are unique public schools that operate under a specific charter. They are given more flexibility to innovate while still being held accountable for advancing student achievement. They are open to all children, do not charge tuition, and do not have special entrance requirements. Virginia has only nine charter schools, while other states have over 200. Do you support or oppose a constitutional amendment to encourage the creation of more charter schools in Virginia?
7.  Do you support or oppose efforts to allow homeschool children to participate in public school sports programs?

Higher Education

8. Of the following options, how do you think the General Assembly should address the rising cost of higher education? 
Check all that apply:
9.  Should the children of illegal immigrants who have been here for more than five years, graduated from high school, been accepted to a state university and plan to apply for permanent residency be allowed to receive in-state tuition?


10. Do you support or oppose Medicaid Expansion in Virginia? While expansion would enroll up to 400,000 currently uninsured Virginians in Medicaid, 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.
11.  Would you support or oppose requiring hospitals or healthcare providers to show upfront clear cost information before providing the service?

Criminal Justice, Public Safety & Privacy

12. Do you support or oppose legislation overturning Governor McAuliffe’s executive order banning law-abiding citizens from carrying firearms in state buildings? 
13. Political rights include the right to vote, serve on a jury, run for public office, and serve as a notary public. When an individual is convicted of a felony, they automatically lose their political rights. Which of the following best reflects your view on restoring rights for convicted felons?


14.  Currently, Virginia does not allow early voting but does have absentee voting, both in-person and by mail. Early voting does not require a reason, but absentee voting does. Some have proposed early voting as a way to ease lines at the polls on Election Day and increase voter participation. Opponents argue that there is no indication early voting increases participation and that the costs of early voting, plus the challenges of keeping the votes secure for a long period of time, do not make it worthwhile. Do you support or oppose early voting in Virginia?
15.  Currently, Virginia requires all individuals who vote in person to show photo identification when voting. Do you support or oppose legislation to require a copy of a photo ID be submitted when voting absentee?

Energy & Environment

16.  Do you support the exploration of natural gas and oil off the coastal water areas of Virginia?
17. Do you support providing state funding for research on alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass?


18.  Virginia is home to more than 780,000 veterans who have served our country. It is important that we support these veterans and their families. Listed below are some of the most important veteran initiatives that the General Assembly will consider this year. Please prioritize the following veteran issues in the order that you think they should be addressed by the General Assembly.
Please rank your responses. 1 = Highest Priority and 5 = Lowest Priority.
Highest Priority
Lowest Priority
Veterans’ Entrepreneur Grant Program (assist veterans to establish small businesses)
Veterans’ health care services through Virginia Veteran and Family Support Services (formally called the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program)
Update Virginia National Guard state income tax subtraction from $3,000 to $5,000
Promote development of secure procedures for submission of electronic ballots by overseas military votes
Grant in-state tuition to members of the Virginia National Guard/Reserve Components with duty station in Virginia