January 5th Telephone Town Hall Results

Below are the results from the several poll questions taken during the Telephone Town Hall meeting on January 5, 2017.

1. Listed below are some of the most important veteran initiatives that the General Assembly will consider this year. Which of the following should the General Assembly prioritize?

1. Veterans’ Entrepreneur Grant Program to assist veterans to establish small businesses……………………………………………………………………………………7 %
2. Veterans’ healthcare services through Virginia Veteran and Family Support (formerly the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program) ……………………..…..70 %
3. Virginia National Guard state income tax subtraction from $3,000 to $5,000………………………………………………………………………………………………………5 %
4. Promote development of secure procedures for submission of electronic ballots for overseas military voters………. …………………………………………9 %
5. In-state tuition to members of the Virginia National Guard/Reserve components with duty station in Virginia ………………………………………………………..9 %

2. Of the following options, which step should the General Assembly prioritize to address the
rising cost of higher education?

1. Increase state funding for colleges and universities…………………………………4 %
2. Prioritize building construction project……………………………………………..1 %
3. Reform and prioritize financial aid distribution to serve more middle income
students ……………………………………………………………………………..38 %
4. Encourage colleges and universities to offer “barebones” college degrees and
charge just tuition, but not room, board or other fees…………………………..….. 31%
5. Encourage colleges and universities to offer “three year” degree programs in
certain fields……………………………………………………………………….. 26 %

3. Do you like the use of a pilot program to combat the heroin and opioid crisis currently impacting Virginia?

1. Like the use of a pilot program……………………………………………………..86 %
2. Don’t like the use of a pilot program…………………………………….…………14 %

4. We are putting forward several proposals to reform welfare that include placing a photograph of the head of the household on EBT cards, cross checking lottery winners with welfare recipients, and reducing the amount of time people can be on welfare from 5 to 1 year. Do you support our proposals for welfare reform?

1. Support these proposals……………………………………………………………..90 %
2. Oppose these proposals……………………………………………………………..10 %

5. How should the House work to close the budget shortfall?

1. Raise taxes (sales, income, business and/or gas)……………………………………2 %
2. Increase specific fees to cover the actual cost of providing certain
government services…………………………………………………………………6 %
3. Cut government spending………………………………………………………….33 %
4. Streamline government programs and services……………………………………58 %

6. Do you believe state government has a role to play in incentivizing job creation through the use of tax credits and economic development incentives?

1. Government does have a role to play in incentivizing job creation……………….71 %
2. Government does not have a role to play in incentivizing job creation……………29 %

7. Do you support or oppose legislation authorizing retired law-enforcement officers who are up to date on their training to carry a firearm as a school security officer?

1. Should be authorized to carry a firearm……………………………………………..91 %
2. Should not be authorized to carry a firearm…………………………………………9 %

8. The governor has called for a one-time tax amnesty period next year that is projected to generate $59.4 million dollars. The tax amnesty period would allow individuals and businesses who owe back taxes a chance to pay their full amount of back taxes at half the interest rate with no penalties. Do you support a tax amnesty period as a way to generate revenue?

1. Support a tax amnesty period……………………………….………………………76 %
2. Oppose a tax amnesty period…………………………………………………….….24 %

9. Do you support or oppose Medicaid expansion in Virginia? While expansion could enroll up to 400,000 currently uninsured Virginians in Medicaid, it could cost the Commonwealth over $1billion.

1. Oppose Medicaid expansion……………………………………………….…….…..76 %
2. Support Medicaid expansion……………………………………………….…….…..24 %

10. One proposal to help get Virginians back to work will waive the occupational licensing fee for first time applicants making less than $25,000 per year. Do you support this proposal?

1. Support waiving occupation license fee…………………………….…………….…83 %
2. Oppose waiving occupation license fee…………………………………….….……17 %

11. Political rights include the right to vote, serve on a jury, run for public office, and serve as a notary public. When an individual is convicted of a felony, they automatically lose their political rights. Historically, Governors have granted rights restoration on an individualized basis after review. However, the Governor can restore political rights at his discretion, as did Governor McAuliffe with a sweeping executive order. Do you support amending the Virginia Constitution to establish permanent framework on restoring political rights?

1. Support………………………………………………………………………………46 %
2. Oppose……………………………………………………………………………….54 %

12. Do you think Virginia invests too much, not enough, or about the right amount in its public school system?

1. Too much……………………………………………………………………………….22 %
2. Not enough………………………………………………………………………………31 %
3. Just right…………………………………………………………………………………47 %