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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Los Angeles, Ventura County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Smart Voter

Terry Rathbun
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Member of the State Assembly; District 41


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of California and asked of all candidates for this office.
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Questions & Answers

1. How will you prioritize the budget choices the Legislature must make to align the state’s income and spending, and address the need for fair revenue sources that are sufficient for state and local government services?

EVERY state government department will need to take a small spending cut. If the people of California are asked to sacrifice by paying a small tax increase, then California's state government owes it to them to sacrifice by taking the spending cuts.

2. What proposals, if any, do you support to fix the budget process? What other types of changes or reforms, if any, do you think are important to make our state government function more effectively?

Eliminate the 3/4's majority for the budget. Create a 2 year budget and no unfunded liabilities unless they are for emergency legislation

3. Many members of the Legislature say that education is a high priority for the state. Yet fees for public higher education have gone up dramatically and funding has been cut. What is your vision for California’s higher education future, and how do you propose to get there?

We can achieve educational success by decentralizing a lot of the power from the educator's unions and empowering the teachers at the district and local school levels.

4. What other major issues do you think the Legislature must address in 2011? What are your priorities?

Unemployment. California has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs and small businesses to other states business "magnets". The California state legislature needs to start creating magnets of our own to bring the jobs and businesses back to California. These magnets include tax breaks and a scaling back of the onerous environmental laws that hamper and drive business out of the state.

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