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Ventura, Santa Barbara County, CA November 6, 2012 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
State Senator; District 19

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and asked of all candidates for this office.     See below for questions on Budget, Government reform, Higher education, Major issues

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? 1. How will you prioritize the budget choices the Legislature must make to align the state’s income and spending?

Answer from Mike Stoker:

I support spending caps on State Budget to limit budget increases to cost of living plus population increase.

? 2. What types of changes or reforms, if any, do you think are important to make our state government function more effectively?

Answer from Mike Stoker:

It is important to address and cut wasteful government spending, and to work towards pension reform.

? 3. Fees for public higher education have gone up dramatically and funding has been cut. Is this a priority concern, and if so, what measures would you propose to address it?

Answer from Mike Stoker:

I support legislation or an initiative to require at least 70% of all education money to be spent in the classroom.

? 4. What other major issues do you think the Legislature must address? What are your own priorities?

Answer from Mike Stoker:

-Supported CA Chamber's Position regarding "Job Killing Legislation"
-Support Part-Time Legislature
-Supports Laying Off Non-public Safety State Employees to Help Balance Budget and Make California Live Within its Means
-Supports all state mandates on cities and counties be fully funded by the state

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. References to opponents are not permitted.

The order of the candidates is random and changes daily. Candidates who did not respond are not listed on this page.

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