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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Sonoma, Humboldt, Mendocino, Del Norte, Trinity Counties, CA June 5, 2012 Election
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Firenza Xuan Pini
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Member of the State Assembly; District 2


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?

Stop the spending spree Reduce taxes across the board, lighten the regulations on businesses (excessive permits, part-time employment restrictions, etc.) Every time California has done put these measures into place, the economy has been able to recover. Utilize special fund set asides to entice early retirement of state employees; set no rehire of upper level management positions. Put all state workers at staggered 3 and 4 day work week until budget is balanced; this includes legislature.

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

Audit all state agencies and programs for duplicity, effectiveness, fraud and abuse. End all non-essential agencies and programs.

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?

Cut administration salaries and/or positions; higher graduate students for required courses to enable students to complete degree more quickly; allow longer term student loans

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

Re-negotiate public employee pensions, encourage early retirement; expand fire prevention on-site labor work to increase jobs and to decrease fire suppression costs (one ounce of prevention is work more than a pound of treatment) in order to saveguard our forests, state land, natural resources and communities. Utilize removal of forest fuel loads to create biomass energy production centers throughout the state.

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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