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State of California (Shasta, Nevada, Placer, Siskiyou, Lassen, Plumas, Butte, Modoc, Sierra Counties) June 5, 2012 Election
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David Edwards
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Member of the State Assembly; District 1


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and asked of all candidates for this office.
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Questions & Answers

1. How will you prioritize the budget choices the Legislature must make to align the state’s income and spending?

Fair and equitable taxation to support necessary services. Those services are: Education,We must provide affordable education including vocational training Single Payer Health Insurance with coverage including Wellness and Preventative Health Care Public safety State mandated programs for Counties and Special Districts must be funded by the state

2. What types of changes or reforms, if any, do you think are important to make our state government function more effectively?

Our elected leaders need to represent the people who elected them rather than the money that paid for their campaign Special interest money needs to be removed from our government

3. Fees for public higher education have gone up dramatically and funding has been cut. Is this a priority concern, and if so, what measures would you propose to address it?

Yes, this is a primary concern. We pay $50,000 to incarcerate some one and $9,000 to educate them per year. For every dollar we spent on education we get back nine dollars. I will support lowering fees across the board and insure higher education is available to all who qualify. This would include vocational education.

4. There is increasing demand on California water, particularly in central and southern California. How do you propose to meet this demand without permanently depleting northern California water sources and further damaging the Delta? How can the less-populated water sources north of the Delta have sufficient say in water policy?

We need to fundamentally change how we allocate water in this state. Protecting our watersheds needs to be a shared expense by everyone in the state, meaning people in Los Angeles need to pay a tax to support the maintenance of our Sierra Forests. All costs for delivered water including dams, and delivery systems must be borne by the end users. Fish, river and stream habitats must be given full consideration when establishing water rights.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. References to opponents are not permitted.

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