2016 Pre-Session Survey

For

Delegate Ron Villanueva

The following are important public policy issues which may be considered by the General Assembly during the 2016 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 and should you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at (757) 955-3522 or email me at delrvillanueva@house.virginia.gov.

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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?
Please rank your responses 1 = Highest Priority, 8 = Lowest Priority
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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 ObamaCare and 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.
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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.
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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

4.  Virginia is a “right to work” state which means that by law 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 adding Virginia’s right to work law to the Constitution?

5.  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.

6.  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%, school accreditation was up 10% from last year and Virginia ranks in the top 10 in four out of five major national rankings. Do you think Virginia invests too much, not enough or about the right amount in its public school system?

7.  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 requirement. Virginia has only nine charter schools, while New York has over 200. Do you support or oppose a constitutional amendment to encourage the creation of more charter schools in Virginia?

8. 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?

*9.  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 4 = Lowest Priority.
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Veterans’ Transition programs and employment opportunities
Veterans’ healthcare through Virginia Veteran and Family Support Services (Formally called the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program)
Veterans’ education and job training

Increase funding for Department of Veteran Services Benefits Services Staff (Claims Agents for Veterans Administration Claim Submissions)

10.  Would you support the following to help pay for Hampton Roads Transportation Projects?

11.  Are there any other issues or areas that are of particular concern to you? Please share your opinions using the space provided below.