2017 Constituent Survey


Matthew C. Fariss

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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 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? 
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
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.  Do you believe state government has a role to play in incentivizing job creation through the use of tax credits and economic development incentives?
6.  In 2012, the General Assembly created a program that allowed businesses to claim a tax credit in exchange for helping fund scholarships to private schools for underserved students. Do you support or oppose expanding this initiative to provide underserved students with access to private early childhood education schools?
7.  Should the children of illegal 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?
8.  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?
9.  Do you support or oppose efforts to make common forms of birth control available over the counter?
10.  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?
11.  Do you believe that all state agencies and programs should be periodically reviewed to determine their efficiency, effectiveness and usefulness?
12.  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?
13.  Do you support or oppose legislation overturning Governor McAuliffe’s executive order banning law-abiding citizens from carrying firearms in state buildings?
14.  Political rights include the right to vote, serve on a jury, run for public office, and serve as a notary public. When an individual is convicted of a felony, they automatically lose their political rights. Historically, Governors have granted rights restoration on an individualized basis after review. However, the Governor can restore political rights at his discretion, as did Governor McAuliffe with a sweeping executive order. Do you support amending the Virginia Constitution to establish permanent framework on restoring political rights?
15.  Currently, Virginia does not allow early voting but does have absentee voting, both in-person and by mail. Early voting does not require a reason, but absentee voting does. Some have proposed early voting as a way to ease lines at the polls on Election Day and increase voter participation. Opponents argue that there is no indication early voting increases participation and that the costs of early voting, plus the challenges of keeping the votes secure for a long period of time, do not make it worthwhile. Do you support or oppose early voting in Virginia?