2017 Constituent Survey


Delegate Daniel W. Marshall III 

The following are important public policy issues which may be considered by the General Assembly during the 2017 Legislative Session. Your opinion is very important to me, so please take a few moments to let me know where you stand on these issues. If you are undecided on an issue, feel free to leave it blank.

Please complete the following:
First Name
Last Name
Zip Code
Email Address

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 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.
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

Higher Education

4.  Of the following options, how do you think the General Assembly should address the rising cost of higher education?
Check all that apply.
5.  How do you feel about the cost of college tuition in Virginia?

K-12 Education

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.  Virginia’s Medicaid program is the fastest growing part of the state budget, having grown by 1600% in the last 30 years, and now accounts for over 20% of all state General Fund spending. To combat these rising costs, some lawmakers have proposed hiring an independent auditor to conduct a comprehensive financial and operational audit of Virginia’s Medicaid program. Would you support or oppose this audit?
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?

Government Reform

9.  Virginia faces significant unfunded liabilities with the Virginia Retirement System. Steps have been taken to protect the long-term solvency of the pension system while protecting the interests of state employees, however significant liabilities still exist. One option to reduce those liabilities would be to change the retirement system for new hires from the traditional defined-benefit (DB) retirement to a defined-contribution (DC) retirement, similar to those offered in the private sector. This would allow new state employees greater flexibility in determining their retirement portfolio while reducing the Commonwealth’s unfunded liability. Would you support or oppose additional reforms to the state retirement plan?
10.  Article V of the U.S. Constitution allows two-thirds of state legislatures to call a “Convention of the States” to amend the federal constitution. Some lawmakers have pushed a convention of the states to enact limits on federal authority and spending. Do you support or oppose a “Convention of the States?”

Criminal Justice, Public Safety & Privacy

11.  Under Virginia law, law enforcement may seize property related to criminal activity, even if the owner has not yet been convicted of a crime. Some have argued that Virginia should reform its asset forfeiture laws to make it more difficult for law enforcement to seize private property in order to protect the rights of citizens. Do you support or oppose efforts to reform Virginia’s asset forfeiture laws?


12.  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?
13.  Did you vote in the November 2016 election for President?
14.  Did you vote in the November 2016 election for Congressman?
15.  Do you plan to vote in the November 2017 election when we elect Virginia Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General