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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Los Angeles, Ventura County, CA June 5, 2012 Election
Smart Voter

Fran Pavley
Answers Questions

Candidate for
State Senator; District 27


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?

The State has faced a dramatic drop in revenue during this recession. In the past when California was faced with this type of structural deficit, the budget was balanced with a combination of cuts, efficiencies and increasing revenues. It has been nearly impossible the past three years to obtain the needed 2/3 vote to increase revenues in order to avoid drastic cuts to schools, colleges, public safety and important health and programs for the elderly or the disabled. We have not been able to invest in three of my top priorities. To compete in this global economy, we need to invest in our infrastructure, our educational institutions, and clean sustainable energy programs to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

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

Reform of the initiative system

Realignment of more local services and programs to cities, counties and school districts with the financial tools and the local accountability to meet the needs of their communities.

Coordination of different state agencies to maximize, address problems, or streamline permitting when possible.

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?

I am very concerned about the dramatic increase in tuition and fees to attend our colleges. Affordable and quality education has driven our states economic engine for decades. California has benefited by investing in those of us who went to college during the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. Top business leaders have told me that an educated workforce is their top priority. It's mine, too. Middle class families and college graduates are faced with paying off huge student loans. We can do better.

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

1. Invest in water supply and water quality with an emphasis on more regional, sustainable programs and policies.

2. Attract and retain quality teachers for our schools.

3. Coordinate educational programs, both for high school and college graduates, with courses that allow us to compete and prosper in this new global economy.

4. Return to the formula of what made this state great. It will be a smart investment for the future.

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