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Read the answers from all candidates.
1. What does California need to do to address the current budget crisis?
First, cut spending.
Second, improve the economy by cutting taxes, simplifying the tax code, and reducing regulations.
Third, improve efficiency by making California's procurement system more competitive (saving tax dollars).
Fourth, sell unused state assets.
2. What should the state's priorities be for K-12 education? For the Community College System?
More money for the classroom, less for administration. How?
First, invest in new business systems and processes to bring more of the huge productivity gains seen by business in recent years into the school system.
Second, introduce two year budgeting to give local school districts more planning time and less chaos.
Third, cut unfunded mandates and earmarks from the state (Governor Schwarzenegger is already trying this and it should be encouraged).
3. What measures would you support to address California's water needs?
California needs to invest more in infrastructure. In addition, water should be handled more like a commodity. Paying market prices for water will encourage efficient use and conservation.
4. What should the Legislature be doing to address the needs of Californians without health insurance?
Encourage more business growth to give workers more employer options.
Examine fundamental reasons for lack of health care: high medical and insurance costs due to the cost of litigation and fraud, low-wage jobs, lack of jobs caused by burdensome government regulations that drive business out of state.
Mandating that all businesses provide health insurance coverage will only make the California economy worse.
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