2019 Legislative Survey

for

Speaker Kirk Cox


 

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1.  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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2.  Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could require online retailers to collect and remit sales tax. Though many major online retailers, such as Walmart, Macy’s and Amazon, already voluntarily collect and remit state sales, others do not, creating an unbalanced playing field. Do you support passing legislation that would require all online retailers that have sales above a certain threshold to collect and remit sales tax?
3. Last year, Congress passed the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which made substantial changes to the federal tax code and provided tax relief to many Americans. Because of certain provisions in Virginia’s existing tax code, individuals could see a tax cut on their federal taxes, yet actually pay more in state taxes. Virginia could address this in several ways or simply do nothing.
Please check which one you prefer.
4. Virginia spends about $16 billion per year on K-12 education, or about $11,000 per student per year. The state graduation rate is over 90% and school accreditation was up 6% from last year. Do you think Virginia invests too much, not enough, or about the right amount in its public school system?
5. Would you support or oppose legislation to allow teachers licensed in other states to teach in Virginia on a temporary basis until they can obtain licensure here, as part of an effort to hire more teachers and reduce teacher shortages?
6. Increasingly, Virginia colleges and universities are being asked to do more to prepare students for the 21st century economy through relevant and specialized course offerings, work-study programs, internships, career planning, and job placement assistance.  Please select the top priority for what service you would like to see colleges and universities focus on most?
7. Last spring, the House of Delegates formed a Select Committee on School Safety to identify recommendations to improve the safety and security of students and faculty across the Commonwealth.  Which recommendation do you think should be the top priority?
8. Virginia, like many states, offers prepaid and college savings programs through a 529 tax-advantaged savings plan.  While this has historically been a great resource for Virginia families, the Prepaid529 plans’ costs have increased dramatically in recent years, leading to a decline in participation.  The House of Delegates has proposed lowering the cost of each contract by lowering the pricing reserve when the fund is above 105% funded status (as of July 2018, the fund was 138% funded).  This is estimated to reduce the price of an 8-semester contract by $3,000.  Do you support this proposal?
9. Last year, the General Assembly passed legislation  creating a pilot program to reduce regulations in certain state agencies. Since then, 1,200 regulations that are not specifically authorized by law have been identified for elimination in just two agencies. Would you support expanding this program to all state agencies?
10. It is important the we support active duty military, veterans, and their families. Listed below are some key initiatives that the General Assembly will consider this year.  Please choose the initiative you feel is most necessary and helpful.
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