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LWVLeague of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Riverside, San Bernardino County, CA November 2, 2004 Election
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Marjorie Musser "Margie" Mikels
Answers Questions

Candidate for
State Senator; District 31


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Questions & Answers

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

1. Pass Proposition 56 that will allow a budget to be passed without 2/3 majority. This will enable a budget to be passed without the minority holding an ax over the heads of the majority of the legislature.
2. Do not be frightened into drowning our state and the future of our children in red ink and enormous debt. This will only reduce our credit rating further and increase interest rates on bonds, speeding us on a downward spiral towards bankruptcy.
3. Instead, we need creative and courageous representatives willing to add taxes where it hurts the least and reduce expenditures strategically. Here are some ideas:

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

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

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

No one is an island. If an epidemic comes and some are unable to obtain medical care, disease will spread. If medical care is unavailible there will be a continued strain on emergency treatment. We need health care plans that stress preventive care and allow people treatment before emergency.

Teach health and nutrition in schools and make nutritious fruits/vegetables available in schools and available to the poor; Perhaps recycling programs so that food from grocers is not just thrown out and landfilled when it has small spot--but could be supplied to central distribution where soup kitchens and poor could have access. Junk food that pervades our culture contributes to increased incidents of illness.

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