Representative H. Morgan Griffith's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: H. Morgan Griffith
Current Office: U.S. House - District 9, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Hilary; 3 Children: Abby, Davis, Starke
Birth Date: 03/15/1958
Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA
Home City: Salem, VA
Religion: Episcopal
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Morgan Griffith refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Morgan Griffith. Griffith Statement on the Minibus Spending Bill. 17 November 2011. "Tackling the debt crisis comes with tough choices. There were many good things included in this bill, such as provisions protecting our gun rights by prohibiting the Department of Justice from consolidating firearms sales records or maintaining information on persons who have passed firearms background checks and language that prevents taxpayer money from being spent on pro-abortion litigation through the Legal Services Corporation (Legal Aid). H.R. 2112 also eliminated funding for Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants, which is the program that would give the federal government some local zoning authority." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Morgan Griffith voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Morgan Griffith voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Issue Position: Sanctity of Life. 18 October 2011. "When it comes to protecting the right to life, no one works harder than Morgan Griffith [¦] In the General Assembly, Morgan amassed a solid record of voting for the pro-life position according to the Virginia Society for Human Life and has carried and passed legislation on their behalf." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. No Taxpayer Funding on Abortion. 4 May 2011. "The federal government has no business subsidizing abortion. American citizens should not be forced to finance a procedure that many consider morally wrong. Accordingly, I will continue to fight to ensure abortion is not supported by your taxpayer dollars." (votesmart.org)

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  • Morgan Griffith. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Morgan Griffith voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Matt Laslo. WAMU 88.5: Obama's Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan Faces Local Skepticism. 23 June 2011. "Many Republican lawmakers are dubious of the proposal for other reasons. Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith says he trusts the president and his military advisors, though he's worried security risks might accompany a troop drawdown. 'It's of great concern to me that we don't abandon what we've accomplished and find ourselves in the same mess in another 10 or 20 years...if someone bad comes in and takes over the government of Afghanistan,' Griffith says." (wamu.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Griffith: Glory days of federal grants are over. 17 August 2011. "And the United States, said Griffith, has spent a 'huge amount of money' in Afghanistan over a 10-year period. 'I am hesitant to say ˜Pull out' and leave that investment by our young people without something positive to show for it,' he said of the military presence in Afghanistan. 'We may have to settle for something less than we originally wanted, which is a Democratic-Jeffersonian style of government. That ain't gonna happen.'" (morgangriffith.house.gov)
  • TriCities News: Families of those killed in Afghanistan supportive of president's troop drawdown. 22 June 2011. "'That's a decision the commander-in-chief has to make,' Griffith said. 'Obviously the enterprise is costing us a lot of money and I want to make sure we have something to show for our mission after we've spent so much money. I'll be watching it closely, but when it comes to deciding the number of troops to withdraw, that's up to the executive to make that decision.'" (bit.ly)

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  • Morgan Griffith. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Morgan Griffith voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Morgan Griffith voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Christian. Bristol Harold Couier: Congressman speaks to small business owners. 1 February 2011. "On defense, he said Congress could reduce discretionary money for generals and cut billions on programs the Pentagon never requested, but instead were created as earmarks for congressmen who wanted to bring home the bacon to their districts. Better use of that money, he said, would be a focus on high-tech warfare and defense of the nation's communications infrastructure from the Chinese and other potential enemies." (www2.tricities.com)

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  • Morgan Griffith. Issue Position: Spending. 1 January 2012. "We have to get our fiscal house in order. Congressman Griffith knows that we've spent too much for too long and we have to stop. We need a real plan to balance our budget in Washington without raising taxes. Trillion dollar deficits are not acceptable and we can't continue to bankrupt our country and jeopardize the future of our children. It's time to cut spending. Congressman Griffith voted to balance the budget in five years without raising taxes. As your Representative, Congressman Griffith will continue to fight for balanced budgets and responsible spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 1 January 2012. "The current IRS Code is too lengthy and complex, creating an undue burden on American families and small businesses. The IRS estimates that the average taxpayer spends roughly 13 hours per year preparing their taxes. Supports abolishing the current tax code in favor of a system that is simpler, fairer, and has lower tax rates. The United States must make itself more attractive to businesses by reforming the tax code. The United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world at 35%. Actions. Supports the Tax Code Termination Act (H.R. 462), which would abolish the IRS Code by December 31, 2015, and call on Congress to approve a new federal tax system by July of that same year. Setting a deadline will force Congress to create a simplified tax system that benefits American taxpayers and strengthens our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Morgan Griffith, pledge to the taxpayers of the 9th district of the state of Virginia and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Issue Position: Taxes. 18 October 2011. "As Majority Leader in the House of Delegates, Morgan has led every fight against proposed tax increases for over a decade. He understands that higher taxes kill jobs, strain family budgets and result in bigger, more bloated government in Washington. As your Congressman, he will fight the Obama/Pelosi agenda of higher taxes." (votesmart.org)

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  • Morgan Griffith. Letter To The Honorable Daniel K. Inouye, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee. 1 March 2011. "The American people expect their government to reduce spending in order to return fiscal stability to this nation. A stable economic environment is critical in providing the proper platform for business to grow." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Griffith on Debt Limit Vote. 31 May 2011. "We can not consider raising the debt limit without substantial cuts in spending and a systemic change in Washington's spending culture. It is easy to simply continue spending and borrowing. But our government has done that for too long." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Griffith Statement on Short Term CR. 15 March 2011. "As long as Congress is cutting spending, the American people are winning [¦] By necessity, spending cuts must be deeper in the upcoming 2012 budget. Washington's spending culture must change. But in order to do so, it will require that the House, the Senate, and the President work together. Americans deserve nothing less." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Griffith: State of the Union Should Focus on Job Creation. 25 January 2011. "The government is out of money. Instead of mortgaging the future of the next generation, we need a plan to dramatically cut spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Griffith Statement on Final House Passage of CR. 22 February 2011. "As families in the 9th District continue to tighten their belts, the federal government must do the same. Borrowing excessive amounts of money to cover day-to-day expenses is not the way to do it. The magnitude of these cuts represents the tough choices we must make in order to change the spending culture in Washington." (votesmart.org)

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  • Morgan Griffith. Issue Position: Jobs. 18 October 2011. "Morgan will make job creation for Southwest Virginia his top priority as your next Congressman. He will help create new economic opportunities in the region by supporting tax cuts for businesses that create new jobs in our underserved rural areas. Morgan will also work to create other pro-jobs advantages that cause new businesses to come to the region or existing businesses to grow." (votesmart.org)

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  • Morgan Griffith. Griffith Votes on Amendments to H.R. 1. 8 August 2012. "Griffith Votes on Amendments to H.R. 1 [¦] Amendment #276 by Rep. McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). The amendment would reduce the funding for the Department of Education, Education for the Disadvantaged by $336,550,000. The funding for the Department of Education, School Improvement Programs would be reduced by $500,000,000. The funding for the Department of Education, Special Education would be increased by $557,700,000. Rep. Griffith voted to oppose the amendment. " (morgangriffith.house.gov)
  • Morgan Griffith. Video: Public Education Funding. 30 November 2011. "About 6% of the education budget in Virginia comes from the federal government, the rest of it's state and local taxes. In fairness, the 6% that comes from the federal government comes with a whole lot of red tape and strings attached while some of those strings are very appropriate, I do think that some of the red tape needs be cut out and that we could do a whole lot better if the federal government would just send the state the money [¦] I feel fairly strongly that if we cut back some of that regulatory red tape that could do a little bit better." (www.youtube.com)
  • Bill Christian. Bristol Harold Couier: Congressman speaks to small business owners. 1 February 2011. "Asked for specific proposals, he said funding could be cut for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a new set of food and drug regulations passed in December, taxes and expenses in last year's health care law and the No Child Left Behind program." (www2.tricities.com)
  • Morgan Griffith. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "Believes the primary focus of No Child Left Behind (NCBL) should be on giving flexibility back to the states and local school districts. Teachers, parents, and local school boards are in the best position to assess the needs of students. Virginia's Standards of Learning have proven successful in ensuring our state has strong, academic performing schools. While the states and local school districts should be given more flexibility, the federal government continues to play a critical role in providing funding for educational opportunities for disabled and low-income children." (votesmart.org)

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  • Morgan Griffith. Griffith Statement on Interior's Offshore Oil & Gas Exploration Proposal. 8 November 2011 "As winter approaches, energy prices continue to rise because of world market conditions and overregulation by the EPA. Developing resources located off the Commonwealth's coast can help lower energy prices, increase our energy security, and create good paying jobs. It has been estimated that 750 million barrels of oil and 6.65 trillion cubic feet of natural gas are contained off the coast of Virginia." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2012. "Supports the Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act (H.R. 1231), which would effectively end the moratorium on domestic offshore drilling by requiring the President to move forward with a five-year plan to drill in offshore areas containing the highest concentrations of oil and natural gas resources. This bill passed the House of Representatives with my support by a vote of 243-179 on May 12, 2011." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Morgan Griffith voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Fight for More American Oil Goes Overseas. 5 May 2011. "This is an opportunity to restart America's offshore production. We can increase our energy security and create good paying jobs, but we must remove barriers to production now." (votesmart.org)

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  • Morgan Griffith. Griffith: Who Elected the EPA? 7 April 2011. "Thank goodness the U.S. House of Representatives decided to rein in the overreaching authority of the EPA by a bi-partisan vote [¦] Regulating greenhouse gases will raise energy costs, making it difficult for the working poor and elderly to adequately heat their homes, and create even more uncertainty for cash-strapped American businesses, hindering job creation and economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Griffith: Unchecked EPA is Real Threat to Air Quality. 10 March 2011. "With gas prices approaching $4 per gallon in the 9th District, the last thing we need is a bureaucratic regulatory scheme that would drive prices even higher. Regulating greenhouse gases will increase the cost of heating your home, buying groceries, and filling up your gas tank. Stopping the EPA's regulatory assault will make American businesses more competitive and lead to job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Morgan Griffith voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Energy Tax Prevention act of 2011. 6 April 2011. "The EPA's greenhouse gas regulations will drive up the prices of gasoline, electricity, food, goods and services; and the cost of these regulations will be passed on to everyone, including to small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Griffith: EPA Administrator Admits No Cap and Trade Under Clean Air Act. 9 February 2011. "To meet our growing energy demands, no source should be off the table -- particularly coal and natural gas. By permanently preventing the EPA from enacting new greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act and rolling back current burdensome regulations, we can create more certainty for businesses and access more of America's valuable energy reserves." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Webb Disagrees with Boucher on Cap and Trade. 8 September 2010. "'In doing so Sen. Jim Webb has ratified my strong position against the job killing Cap and Trade legislation that Rick Boucher helped write,' says Ninth Congressional Republican Candidate Morgan Griffith. 'Even though Boucher helped write part of the language, he could not convince his friend Sen. Jim Webb to drink the Kool-Aid with him. The Kool-Aid that Rick Boucher has been drinking is that Cap and Trade won't cost a family more than a cost of postage stamp a week, and all companies will have to do is plant a few trees. Jim Webb doesn't believe this and neither do the people of the 9th District who have studied the issued.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Griffith: Glory days of federal grants are over. 17 August 2011. "'We've tied one hand behind our back and our legs together in an economic fight. Most of it comes from regulations and not being able to use our abundance of energy,' said Griffith. 'EPA is going for perfect and driving all our businesses out. ... Every month there has been some kind of hit from some agency that affects jobs in the 9th District.'" (morgangriffith.house.gov)

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  • Morgan Griffith. Issue Position: Gun Rights. 18 October 2011. "Morgan is a solid supporter of your right to own and carry a firearm [¦] He has led the effort to repeal many of the restrictions that Virginia imposed on law-abiding gun owners." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 05.21.12. 21 May 2012. "The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is very explicit: 'A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.' I stand by this Amendment; and I wholeheartedly support it. I recently introduced legislation (H.R. 4269), which would strengthen federal protections for law abiding Americans traveling with firearms." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 1 January 2012. "The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads, "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." While some may disagree, I believe the plain language of this Amendment guarantees the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms of their choosing. Strongly opposes limitations on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners. We must not hinder the ability of law-abiding citizens to bear arms. Actions. Supports the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 (H.R. 822), which would provide a national standard by which nonresidents of a state may carry concealed firearms in the state. Any person not prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm, and carrying a valid license or permit issued by a state that permits the person to carry a concealed firearm, would be able to carry a concealed firearm in another state. H.R. 822 passed the House of Representatives on November 16, 2011, by a vote of 272 “ 154. Supports the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act (H.R. 58), which would improve the ability for law-abiding citizens to purchase firearms by removing several antiquated and unnecessary restrictions imposed on interstate firearms business since 1968. Supports the Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act of 2011 (H.R. 420), which would provide a 90 day amnesty period during which veterans and their family members could register firearms acquired overseas between June 26, 1934 and October 31, 1968, without fear of prosecution. Congress granted a limited amnesty in 1968, but many veterans did not receive enough notice to participate. Member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, which works to protect and preserve the interests of our nation's sportsmen, including hunters, shooters, and anglers." (votesmart.org)

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  • Morgan Griffith. Griffith Statement on ObamaCare and the CR. 15 March 2011. "One of my first votes in the U.S. House of Representatives was to repeal ObamaCare [¦] I support defunding this egregious law." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 18 October 2011. "Morgan supports repealing the government takeover of healthcare that President Obama and Nancy Pelosi imposed on the country. As your Congressman, he will support efforts to repeal the healthcare plan, and he will seek to strip the federal budget of the funding needed to implement this scheme." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Morgan Griffith voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Ashley Jackson. Martinsville Bulletin U.S. Rep. Griffith fields questions. 4 May 2012. "Other topics that Griffith addressed were the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act, the legalization of marijuana and college loan rates. Griffith thinks the DREAM Act encourages people to sneak into the U.S., he said, adding that the nation's entire immigration policy should be overhauled. He said the U.S. should return to the historical model for those entering the U.S. That model was that immigrants come here to work, are provided a place to live and have a sponsor to guarantee their good behavior for two years, he said." (www.martinsvillebulletin.com)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Morgan Griffith in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Morgan Griffith in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Issue Position: Immigration. 8 August 2012. "According to the Department of Homeland Security, there are a total of nearly 11 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States. Allowing illegal immigrants to come into the United States and work here is unfair to law-abiding legal immigrants, undermines our national security, and encourages more illegal immigration. One of our top priorities should be defending America's borders and enforcing our laws, not accommodating those who break them. We must start by identifying and combating the constant flow of illegal immigrants into our country." (morgangriffith.house.gov)
  • Morgan Griffith. Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 06.25.12. 25 June 2012. "Now that President Obama and his agents at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have clear guidance from the Court, it is my hope that they will take seriously the responsibility that rests with the federal government in protecting our borders and enforcing our laws.  I had no problem with Arizona trying to address the pressing issues relating to the large number of illegal aliens in its state.  But, it is time the federal government “ both Congress and the Executive Branch “ dutifully accepts its role and work together to address our nation's illegal immigration problems." (morgangriffith.house.gov)

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  • Morgan Griffith. Griffith Statement on DOMA. 8 March 2011. "I firmly support policies that protect the sanctity of marriage and the foundation of families across America." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Griffith Responds to Obama on DOMA. 20 July 2011. "I oppose any attempt to redefine marriage and repeal DOMA." (votesmart.org)

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  • Morgan Griffith. Issue Position: Deficit Reduction as it Affects Senior. 18 October 2011. "Privatizing Social Security is not the answer to reducing the deficit. Once we have put the economy back on the right track, it will be time for bipartisan restoration of the solvency of the Social Security system." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Issue Position: Social Security. 17 July 2012. "Social Security is an agreement between the US government and the American worker, a contract that says that we will pay a with-holding tax on our income and the government will pay us back our money with interest once we reach retirement age. Social Security benefits must be protected, but the institution is in trouble. The most recent report by the Social Security Trustees says that the Social Security trust fund will start spending more than it collects this year." (votesmart.org)
  • Morgan Griffith. Issue Position: Social Security, Medicare, and Seniors 1 January 2012. "Congressman Griffith is a fighter for Senior citizens. In Washington, he supports common-sense reforms to programs like Social Security and Medicare, but not at the risk of hurting our senior citizens. Social Security is an agreement between the US government and the American worker, a contract that says that we will pay a with-holding tax on our income and the government will pay us back our money with interest once we reach retirement age. Social Security benefits must be protected, but the institution is in trouble. The most recent report by the Social Security Trustees says that the Social Security trust fund will start spending more than it collects this year. Congressman Griffith is dedicated to ensuring its long-term solvency." (votesmart.org)

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Virginia State Legislative Election 1999 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
Xb) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal when pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xf) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Xg) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
i) Other
No2) Should Virginia government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?

Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following areas:

Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
c) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
d) Support the use of the death penalty.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
h) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xj) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
l) Support the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
m) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
Xn) Other

We already did A,C,D,F,G & M. It has been the law in Va. for almost 20 years. On L which Blood Alcohol are you asking for .02, .08 or .10?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.

Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
d) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
d) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Xg) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
Xh) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
i) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
j) Support the Board of Education's new higher standards for teacher certification.
k) Adopt performance-based funding for Virginia's 38 state universities and community colleges.
Xl) Increase state funding to public universities and community colleges so they can lower tuition rates.
Xm) Other

On D I favor the Va. charter plan that gives local school boards the option. I is not constitutional according to the Supreme Court ......it.is not a legitimate choice.at this time in history.

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

a) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately-owned land.
e) Provide funding for recycling programs in Virginia.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally-mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
Xi) Shut down landfills that are most damaging to ground water and do not meet current standards of environmental safety.
Xj) Other

On i the key to the question is "damaging ground water".

Undecided2) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?

3) Indicate the level of regulation you will support for non-hazardous waste disposal. Select one level only.

Maintain Statusa) Mega-landfills that meet current environmental standards
Slightly Increaseb) Smaller, older landfills
Maintain Statusc) Limits on the amount of trash in privately-owned Virginia landfills
Greatly Increased) Trash barge traffic on Virginia rivers
Slightly Increasee) Trash trucks on Virginia highways

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.

a) Do you support limits on the number of terms of the following Virginia officials?

No1) State Senators and Delegates
Yes2) Governor

b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Undecidedd) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
e) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Do you support Virginia relying more on the private job market as a guide in setting public employee salaries?
Yesg) Do you support requiring voters to show identification when voting?
h) Other

Elected officials who receive more than $10,000 from regulated industries allegedly for "work" they perform should be required to file monthly detailed reports of the money on the "work . . .

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xd) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xe) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
Xf) Allow citizens to carry concealed firearms.
g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on firearms.
Xh) Other

We already did E

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care when necessary.
c) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
d) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
f) The guarantee of medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Increase state funding for informing parents about the Children's Medical Security Insurance Plan, the free health program for uninsured children.
Xh) Other

We already did E

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
b) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
Xd) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
e) Ban smoking in public places.
f) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half day to a full day.
g) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
h) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.
Xi) Other

We already did D

Noj) Do you believe that the Virginia government should include sexual orientation in Virginia's anti-discrimination laws?
Nok) Do you believe that the Virginia government should recognize same-sex marriages?

1) Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.

Slightly Increasea) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increasec) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasef) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Slightly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other

E is only a 2 because of the large increase we made in the level already.

2) The state budget surplus should be:

Returned to Virginia citizens
Invested in state programs
XOther

Both in varying degrees.

Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.

Eliminatea) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreased) Food taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
h) Natural Resources taxes
i) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
k) Other

The state does not control Property Taxes, that is a function of local gov't. I would need you to define Natural Resources.

Undecidedl) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yesm) Do you support accelerating the five year phase-out of the local automobile tax?
Non) Do you support raising gasoline taxes to meet a shortfall in highway construction funds?
Undecidedo) Do you support freezing local real estate taxes for homeowners over the age of 65?
Explain what you will do as a state legislator to address this concern.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

Xa) Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.