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Napa, Solano, Sonoma Counties, CA March 2, 2004 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Member of the State Assembly; District 7; Libertarian 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 F. Aaron Smith:

Our state government must balance the budget and pay it's debt WITHOUT borrowing or raising taxes. This can be accomplished by: Cutting $6 billion in wasteful programs Saving $9 billion through privatization Divesting $1 billion in assets Eliminating duplicative agencies, saving $880 million Reducing personnel costs by 5%, saving $1 billion Introducing performance-based and biennial budgeting Creating a legislative sunset commission to cut ineffective programs. Amending the California Constitution to include revenue and spending limits.

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

Answer from F. Aaron Smith:

Every child in California deserves the very best education possible. The state is failing miserably in this area. My campaign embodies the spirit of individual liberty and free enterprise. This means that parents must be able to choose from a variety of competing educational programs that suit the appropriate values for their family. I propose granting a 100% tax reimbursement per child to all parents who choose to send their children to non-government schools. Most importantly, the state must not meddle in the affairs of these "voucher" schools. Otherwise they would be doomed to the dismal fate of the government-operated schools. I feel that charter schools and/or a "Voucher Program" are steps in the right direction. Let's celebrate diversity in education, give the responsibility back to parents where it belongs.

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

Answer from F. Aaron Smith:

Reduce taxes. Currently, state taxes and hidden regulatory costs consume about 20% of the California economy. I support lowering taxes and regulations to a level of sanity so that employers and employees can once again afford quality health care. Furthermore, I support a 100% tax reimbursement for citizens who donate to non-profit charities that provide health services to lower income groups. These charitable organizations are far better suited to provide for their communities than any state could ever hope to be.

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

(No candidates submitted answers to this question)

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

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