January 19, 2016 Telephone Town Hall Results

January 19, 2016 Telephone Town Hall Results*

  1. How would you describe the House of Delegate’s efforts to improve transparency?

 

The House is taking necessary steps to improve transparency…………………………………………..……28%

The House is on the right track but more work is needed……………………………………………………….59%

The House is not doing enough to increase transparency………………………………………………………12%

  1. Virginia is home to more than 780,000 veterans. It is important that we support these veterans and their families. Which of the following initiatives should be the General Assembly’s top priority when it comes to veterans? Participants were able to choose only 1 option.

 

Employment like job training and credit for military training…………………………….………………….34%

Healthcare like additional Veterans care centers and services……………………………………………….49%

Education like resource advisors for vets at community colleges and education grants………….….5%

Adding claims and benefits agents……………………………………………………………………………………..12%

 

  1. The Virginia Growth and Opportunity Act was created to serve as a strategic roadmap for examining state and regional economic development grant requests. This legislation establishes business-led regional councils to help vet how state money is spent to attract new business and will create a more bottom-up, free-market approach to creating jobs. The need for this approach has been highlighted after recent concerns about a faulty company received a $1.4 million incentive package from Governor McAuliffe to relocate to Virginia. Do you support this new approach to award economic development grant money to attract new business?

 

Support this new approach……………………………………………………………………….…….….…….69%

Oppose this new approach………………………………………………………………………………………….4%

Unsure………………………………………………………………………………………………..………………….27%

 

  1. What core service provided by state government should be our top priority? Participants were able to choose only 1 option.

 

Fostering jobs and economic development…………………………………………………………….….…65%

Supporting K-12 schools and higher education…………………………………………….…………….….8%

Providing health care and other services for those in need……………………..………………..……10%

Strengthening Virginia’s transportation system…………………………………………………….….…14%

Protecting the environment…………………………………………………………………………..……………3%

 

  1. Of the following options, how do you think the General Assembly should address the rising cost of higher education? Participants were able to choose only 1 option.

 

Increase state funding for colleges and universities…………………………………………….………….…4%

Prioritize building construction projects………………………………………………………….………………5%

Reform financial aid distribution to serve more middle and low-income students……….……36%

Encourage universities to offer “barebones” degrees and charge just tuition, but not room, board, or other fees………….31%

Encourage universities to offer “three year” degree programs in certain fields…………………..24%

 

  1. Do you support or oppose a state pilot program to test expanding the use of private providers in early childhood education?

 

Support a state pilot program………………………………………………………………………………..…….38%

Oppose a state pilot program……………………………………………………………………………………….62%

  1. Current law allows Virginia to recognize conceal carry permits from other states and vice-versa.   This “reciprocity” enabled the 420,000 Virginians with permits to carry concealed weapons in a total of 30 states. Attorney General Herring recently announced Virginia will no longer recognize conceal carry permits from 25 other states. This has resulted in Virginia permit holders losing their ability to carry in other states. Lee Ware has introduced a bill that allows any out of state permit holder to show a government issued photo-ID and his license and the license will be accepted in Virginia. Do you support this legislation?

 

Support the bill………………………………………………………………………………………………….………89%

Oppose the bill………………………………………………………………………………….……………….…..…..11%

 

  1. Should voters have the option to register by political party (Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc.)?

 

Yes, voters should have the option to register by political party……………………………….……49%

No, voters should not register by political party…………………………………………………….…….51%

 

  1. In order to provide healthcare services in Virginia, a provider must obtain a “Certificate of Public Need” (COPN) from the state. This is a lengthy regulatory process with significant costs. Some argue that COPN should be reformed in order to make healthcare more of a free market, which they say would lower costs and expand access. Others argue the COPN process is necessary to control costs, ensure the quality of care and protect the financial viability of hospitals. Which of the following best describes your position?

 

Virginia should repeal its COPN laws……………………………………………………………………….……34%

Virginia should reform, but not fully repeal, its COPN laws………………………………………..….…54%

Virginia should leave its COPN laws in place as they currently exist……………………………..…..12%

 

 

 

*Results are directly from the Telephone Townhall Report and may not add up to 100% due to rounding

 

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Cox speaks to Townhall participants on a speaker phone while Legislative Aide Kelly Gee records poll question results.