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Alpine, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento Counties, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Member of the State Assembly; District 4

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 Choices, Budget Process, Higher Education, Major Issues and Priorities

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? 1. How will you prioritize the budget choices the Legislature must make to align the state’s income and spending, and address the need for fair revenue sources that are sufficient for state and local government services?

Answer from Daniel Dale Frederick:

Public services and infrastructure have deteriorated as government has increasingly shifted the tax burden from corporations to workers. My long-range goal is a socialist society without conventional taxes, with public services to be funded from the proceeds of social production. I support repealing Proposition 13. Tax property for profit, not property for personal use. Remove property taxes on modest owner-occupied homes. Repeal the sales tax. Include aggregate of real property and stocks, bonds, etc. in a steeply-graduated property tax. Restore the renters' tax credit. Double registration fees on luxury vehicles. Tax unearned income at a higher rate than earned income. Eliminate or reverse income tax on low- and moderate-income families. Re-enact California's unitary tax on multi-national corporations. Tax the business activities of churches on the same basis as other organizations. Take the cap off social security taxes, make the rates progressive so burden falls on the wealthy.

? 2. What proposals, if any, do you support to fix the budget process? What other types of changes or reforms, if any, do you think are important to make our state government function more effectively?

Answer from Daniel Dale Frederick:

Get the corporate lobbyist out of our capital. A simple majority to budget passage, and end to subsidies and tax breaks for corporations. Public Ownership of California's Natural Resources. Pass Proposition 19. Massive development of public transportation systems that are reliable, frequent, free or at nominal fares and environmentally sound. Free, high-quality health care for everyone.

? 3. Many members of the Legislature say that education is a high priority for the state. Yet fees for public higher education have gone up dramatically and funding has been cut. What is your vision for California’s higher education future, and how do you propose to get there?

Answer from Daniel Dale Frederick:

Education is critical to individual survival and civilized human values, but U.S. capitalism is dismantling public education. Inadequate and unequal funding of schools perpetuates racism, crime and inequality. I will: integrate, democratically-run schools with up-to-date curriculum and equipment and smaller classes. Teach the history of workers' struggles and labor's creation of society's wealth and progress. Multi-lingual and multi-cultural education at all levels. A federal law requiring and funding equal average per-pupil expenditures by every public school district, with extra funds for students with special needs such as disability or economic deprivation. Tuition-free higher education available to all. Restore cutbacks in public education and public library services. No school voucher schemes. Provide uncensored government funding for ordinary people to create and enjoy art.

? 4. What other major issues do you think the Legislature must address in 2011? What are your priorities?

Answer from Daniel Dale Frederick:

Labor and Full Employment, Peace and International Justice, Equal Rights and Liberties, Undocumented Workers and Immigrant Workers Rights, Disabilities Rights, Retired Workers, Environment, Agriculture, Housing and Rent Control, Health Care, Taxes and more. These all need to addressed. These are all important to me, and the one I feel will affect the rest more than any other one topic is Education. It is my first and foremost issue. The more we help and educate our youth, the better our future becomes.

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