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State of California (Butte, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Yuba Counties) March 2, 2004 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Member of the State Assembly; District 3; Democratic Party

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of California and asked of all candidates for this office.

See below for questions on Budget Crisis, Education, Water, Health Insurance

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

Answer from Robert A. Woods:

California needs to pass Budget Accountability Prop. 56 to end yearly stalemate:

I tentatively favor adding 1/2 cents to state sales tax. I also would work balancing up Prop 13 for better equalization of Ad Valorem aspect.

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

Answer from Robert A. Woods:

I favor free public education from Pre-school through Grade 14 when financially feasible; only when above taxes are enacted; all measures on a pay-as-we-go basis.

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

Answer from Robert A. Woods:

I need to review these matters from the standpoint of counties of origin which I would represent. As a related item, I favor strengthening levees in our Central Valley pay-as-we-go.

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

Answer from Robert A. Woods:

I believe in Universal Health care. I've visited the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand, all of whom have health care for all citizens under a single payer system. Needs to be done nationally but California could take steps in that direction.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League. 

The order of the candidates is random and changes daily.

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