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State of California (Sonoma, Marin, Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake, Del Norte, Trinity Counties) November 4, 2014 Election
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Mike McGuire
Answers Questions

Candidate for
State Senator; District 2


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Questions & Answers

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

2. Given our current drought condition, concern for water rights and usage is an important issue. What solutions would you support to address our water problems?

3. California high school students rank lower than many states in student performance. What do you see as the ongoing role of the Legislature in addressing this problem?

Members of the legislature need to recognize that a majority of our students will not graduate from a four-year college. As a state, we need to provide strong vocational and technical programs in our schools - preparing our students for the 21st Century work force. As co-founder of the Career Technology Education Fund (CTE Fund), I have helped to lead the way and raise $1 million for career and job skill classes in Sonoma County Public High Schools. The first ten classes + funded by the CTE Fund + rolled out at the beginning of this school year. As a member of the state Senate, I will work to extend the Career Pathways grant for the upcoming school year. Recent legislation has provided one year of funding and will need to be renewed to realize its full potential.

Finally, we need to appropriate funding for the implementation of the Common Core Standards.

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

While we have seen positive gains over the last year, we have a long way to go before we can claim success when it comes to returning California to a thriving economy and a solid financial foundation. The state must be focused on legislation that will help small businesses grow + approximately 85% of all business in our Senate District have 15 employees or less - and invest in infrastructure that will assist with small business expansion in the years to come including the installation of rural broadband which will open up access to high speed internet. During the recession, I united the community around an economic recovery plan that helped make Sonoma County first in job growth in California. In addition, in Sonoma County, we have tackled some of our toughest challenges + such as brining stability to our budget.

Through strategic + though often difficult + reductions, we have been able to deliver responsible budgets and this year, we are cultivating a more than $15 million surplus that will be reinvested in roads, infrastructure and making our rainy day fund stronger (after years of deficits). In addition, I helped to broker historic pension reform agreements that will yield $170 million in savings for taxpayers. In the senate we need to guarantee fiscal stability and deliver responsible budgets. Our state leaders must continue paying down our bond debt, address our pension liabilities, rebuild reserves and strategically reinvest in services and programs.

Here are some of my other focus areas (in no particular order):

As a state Senator, I would also like to continue what I started when it comes to investment in infrastructure. As a Supervisor, I have been hyper-focused on investing record funding into county roads and advancing projects such as the Sonoma County Airport, SMART and Highway 101. Our state senator must be focused on securing funds for Highway 101 throughout the North Bay and North Coast (with a real focus on the

Sonoma-Marin Narrows, Last Chance Grade in Del Norte County, rural roads and partnering with the SMART Board to move the Train north to Cloverdale and south to Larkspur).

The state must deploy rural broadband and enhance rural cell technology. This is an initiative that is long overdue and as a member of the North Bay/North Coast Broadband Consortium, I believe our next State Senator must champion this important issue.

I will also work hard to make sure all Californians have access to affordable health insurance. I believe healthcare for all is a basic human right, which is why as a County Supervisor I have worked to strengthen and expand local health centers and rural health clinics. At the state level, we must begin to restore the billions in cuts to the state's health and human service system that have impacted seniors and families since the start of this recession.

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