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Marin, San Francisco, Sonoma Counties, CA March 2, 2004 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
State Senator; District 3; Republican Party

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

See below for questions on Budget Crisis, Education, Water, Health Insurance

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1. What does California need to do to address the current budget crisis?

Answer from Andrew D. Felder:

Impose a hard spending cap on all future outlays. Limit increases in spending to the rate of population growth plus inflation.

2. What should the state's priorities be for K-12 education? For the Community College System?

Answer from Andrew D. Felder:

Focus should be on improving student performance. Too much money is wasted catering to powerful political constituencies within the school system such as the service employees unions and teacher's unions. Schools should be about the students, not the bureaucrats, administrators, and related workers. Schools don't exist to create jobs for political supporters, but to educate our children. That, and that alone, should be our focus.

3. What measures would you support to address California's water needs?

Answer from Andrew D. Felder:

Better balance is needed between agricultural interests and the needs of urban and suburban residents.

4. What should the Legislature be doing to address the needs of Californians without health insurance?

Answer from Andrew D. Felder:

The public's investment in health care needs to do more to emphasize Wellness, instead of strictly treatment. Wellness investment is practices within the corporate world because it's good economics for the employer, good for the lifestyle of the individual, and good policy for community. It's a win-win-win. We in government need to similarly start shifting resources towards wellness to reduce our longterm healthcare costs.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League. 

The order of the candidates is random and changes daily.

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