2019 Constituent Survey

for

Delegate Brenda Pogge


 

The following are important public policy issues which may be considered by the General Assembly during the 2019 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. 


 

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Priorities, Spending & Taxes


 

1. From the following list of issues, which 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 growing paychecks
Making college more affordable & accessible
Reducing traffic congestion
Lowering health care costs
Improving Public Schools
Cutting wasteful government spending
Holding the line against higher taxes
Fighting federal government overreach
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. Do you believe state government has a role to play in incentivizing job creation using tax credits and economic development incentives?

K-12 Education


 

5. 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.
Please check each recommendation you support.

Higher Education


 

6. Presently, the governing bodies of many of Virginia’s public colleges and universities consider and vote on tuition changes without allowing public comment from the very people who will be impacted by these changes— students and families. Do you support allowing public comment at college and university boards of visitors meetings when tuition increases are considered?

Healthcare


 

7. Would you support or oppose requiring hospitals or healthcare providers to show upfront clear cost information before providing the service?

Government Reform


 

8. 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?

Independent Redistricting


 

9. One of the fundamental responsibilities of the legislature following the national census every ten years is to redraw legislative district lines, a process referred to as redistricting.  Some observers suggest this process has become too political and should be completed by an independent board. Others argue that it’s impossible to have a truly independent redistricting process because an “independent” board would only be as independent as those who appointed it and would be less accountable to voters than the legislature.  Do you support giving the legislature’s redistricting responsibility to an unelected board of political appointees?

Elections


 

10.  A recent study showed political bias favoring one party at the State Department of Elections. Legislation has been introduced to reform the Board that oversees the Department to require an equal number of representatives from both parties on the Board and to require the board to hire a nonpartisan commissioner to administer elections across the state. Do you support or oppose this legislation?
11. Casino gambling is not currently legal in Virginia, but recently there have been proposals to change existing law and establish casinos in several economically-distressed localities.  Proponents of casino gambling note the potential for economic development and increased state revenue that could fund core government services, such as education or transportation.  Opponents contend casino gambling enables addictive behavior, and the risks would outweigh any potential benefit.  Do you support Virginia allowing casino gambling?