2018 Pre-Session Survey 


Delegate Greg Habeeb

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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
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. 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
3.  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?
4.  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?
5.  Virginia does not allow local school boards to start school before Labor Day, with limited exceptions in certain localities.  Some contend this helps accommodate businesses that hire students as summer employees and increases late-summer tourism.  Do you support giving school boards the ability to begin classes before Labor Day and set their own academic calendars?
6.  Some elected officials advocate expanding early childhood education in Virginia by offering universal Pre-K to all children through Virginia’s public schools, which they say improves long-term educational and economic outcomes. Others argue universal Pre-K offers little tangible benefit and would increase class sizes, force local school divisions to take on debt in order to build new classrooms, and cost the state nearly $600 million per year. Which of the following best describes your view on early childhood education in Virginia?
7. Of the following options, how do you think the General Assembly should address the rising cost of higher education?
Check all that apply.
8. Do you support or oppose legislation to protect student privacy by preventing colleges and universities from releasing personal student information without the express permission of the student or parent/guardian?
9.  Should the children of illegal or undocumented 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.  Several years ago, Virginia implemented a program to evaluate transportation project proposals based on a number of objective data points, such as population, traffic patterns, and safety. Supporters of this effort have lauded the program for taking the politics out of transportation funding, yet critics of the process have noted that it is now more difficult to get certain transportation projects approved that may not meet the standard criteria.  Do you support or oppose efforts to objectively evaluate new transportation projects?
12.  Over the last two years, the General Assembly adopted a number of reforms to Virginia’s transparency, disclosure and ethics laws. Those reforms included (a) creating a $100 gift cap,
(b) creating a statewide ethics advisory commission,
(c) requiring more frequent disclosures,
(d) requiring all disclosure forms be posted online,
e) requiring mandatory ethics training for elected officials.
Which of the following do you believe?
13.  In Virginia, theft of an item valued at more than $200 is considered a felony. This threshold was set in 1980 and has not been raised to keep up with inflation. Should this threshold be raised or kept the same?
14.  Would you support legislation making it easier for felons who claim they were wrongly convicted to present new evidence on appeal?
15.  Do you support or oppose legislation overturning Governor McAuliffe’s executive order banning law-abiding citizens from carrying firearms in state buildings?
16.  Should voters have the option to register by political party (Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc.)?
17.  Do you think candidates for local elected offices – like school board, city council, and county supervisor – should be allowed to run as members of political parties, or should they continue to be required to run as independents?
18.  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?
19. 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
20. Virginia has consistently ranked well by business publications, such as CNBC, Forbes, and Site Selection, for its business friendliness.  These publications have cited Virginia’s relatively low taxes, competitive energy costs, reasonable regulations, and assets, such as the Port of Virginia, proximity to Washington, D.C., and quality workforce, as reasons Virginia is viewed so positively.  How important to you are Virginia’s efforts to remain one of the best states for business?
21. Virginia has a “Right to Work” law that prohibits employers from requiring employees to join a union and pay union dues as a condition of employment.  Supporters of this law contend that this law is one of the reasons Virginia is regarded as one of the best states for business.  Opponents of this law suggest that it is anti-union and discourages employee organization.  Do you support or oppose Virginia’s Right to Work law?
22. Virginia has limited resources to spur economic growth and job creation across the state and, therefore, must prioritize spending to get the best possible result. How would you prioritize spending public dollars to encourage more economic development and job growth?
Please rank your responses. 1 = Highest Priority, and 4 = Lowest Priority.
Highest Priority
Lowest Priority
Grant taxpayer incentives to attract and retain companies that create jobs
Build new infrastructure, such as roads, sites, and buildings, to attract new companies
Invest in workforce training to ensure Virginia has skilled workers to fill jobs
Provide incentives to localities to work together to foster economic growth
Do not believe the state should invest taxpayer money in economic development