March 3, 2016 Telephone Town Hall Results

  1. Virginia continues to face budget constraints due to sequestration and federal tax increases. How do you believe the General Assembly should address such budgetary constraints? Participants were only able to choose 1 option.

 

Raise General or Statewide Taxes (sales, income, business and/or gas)………………………………………………….……3%

Increase Specific Fees to Cover the Actual Cost of Providing Certain Government Services ………………………….14%

Cut Government Spending………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……37%

Streamline Government Programs and Services………………………………………………………………………………….…….………46%

 

  1. Virginia spends about $16 billion per year on K-12 education, or about $11,000 per student per year. The state graduation rate is over 90% and school accreditation was up 10% from last year. However, many schools are dealing with overcrowding and large classroom sizes. Do you think Virginia invests too much, not enough, or about the right amount in its public school system?

 

State spends too much on K-12 education…………………………….…………………………………….……….21%

State spends not enough on K-12 education …………………………………………………….……..………….30%

State spends about the right amount on K-12 education ………….………………………………….……….48%

 

  1. Do you support or oppose efforts to allow home-school children to participate in public school sports programs?

 

Support allowing home-school children to participate in public school sports programs…….……….………77%

Oppose allowing home-school children to participate in public school sports programs ……………..…..….23%

 

  1. Of the following options that the General Assembly is currently discussing as innovative ways to bring down the cost of college education, which do you most support? Participants were only able to choose 1 option.

 

Revamp the financial aid system………………………………………………………………..………..…………………………………………………11%

Provide more operational money to colleges and require them to hold tuition increases to no more than 3%………….15%

Encourage colleges to offer more online degrees that do not charge for amenities like room and board…………….…..25%

Encourage colleges to offer “flat fee degrees” that include 4 year flat tuition price and discounted student fees to students in a program that leads to a high-demand field in the region…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..………50%

 

  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 Medicaid Expansion in Virginia? While expansion would enroll up to 400,000 currently uninsured Virginians in Medicaid, it could cost the Commonwealth over $1 billion per year, forcing cuts to other key services.

 

Yes, Medicaid should be expanded in Virginia………………………………………………………….…..10%

No, Medicaid should be expanded in Virginia……………………………………………………………….90%

 

  1. The General Assembly and Governor McAuliffe recently struck a bipartisan gun compromise after Attorney General Herring unilaterally ended reciprocity agreements with 25 other states. The agreement did 3 things: (i) restore and expand concealed carry reciprocity, (ii) require State Police to be available for voluntary background checks at gun shows, and (iii) prohibit individuals under permanent domestic violence protective orders from possessing a firearm. Do you support this agreement?

Support the agreement…………………………………………………………………………………..……90%

Oppose the agreement………………………………………………………………………….………..…….10%

 

  1. In order to provide healthcare services in Virginia, a provider must obtain a “Certificate of Public Need” 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……………………………………………………………………………………32%

Virginia should reform, but not fully repeal, its COPN laws…………………………………………..……..…57%

Virginia should leave its COPN laws in place as they currently exist………………………………………..11%

 

  1. Do you support allowing AirBnB to operate in Virginia? AirBnB would allow home owners to rent a room in their home for a short period of time. Owners would have to remit taxes to the state, which would then route them to the appropriate locality, and are limited to renting 1 room in their primary residence. Opponents worry there is no enforcement ability for the AirBnB owners to pay their share of taxes that could unfairly hurt hotels.

 

Support allowing AirBnB to legally operate in Virginia……………………………………………………59%

Oppose allowing AirBnB to legally operate in Virginia……………………………………………………41%

 

  1. Steve Landes (R-Augusta) introduced a bill that requires schools to notify parents of sexually explicit instructional material, allows the parent to review the material, and gives the parent the option to request another assignment. The bill passed out of the House unanimously but was amended to give the Board of Education more oversight and very narrowly passed out of the Senate. Do you support this legislation?

 

Support the bill………………………………………………….…………………………………..….……88%

Oppose the bill………………………………………………….………………………………..….………12%

 

  1. The General Assembly passed companion legislation that Requires General Assembly oversight and approval of Virginia’s plan to comply with the EPA carbon rules. The Governor recently vetoed the Senate version of the bill and is likely to also veto the House version. Do you support this legislation?

 

Support the bill………………………………………………….…………………………………..….……71%

Oppose the bill………………………………………………….………………………………..….………29%

 

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