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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Los Angeles County, CA June 5, 2012 Election
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Cathrin "Cat" Sargent
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Member of the State Assembly; District 63


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?

I will first protect those who need it most; children (no education cuts)& the elderly (protect social security and pensions). With all other categories I will work to protect the exploited first. I believe in our infrastructure (police, fire, cal-trans, etc.) and support keeping their budgets as they stand and increasing their funds ASAP. I will support budget cuts to areas where there are questionable practices (such as reimbursement accounts) and administrative areas. I have a very general ideal of cutting from the top and trickling down.

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

Honesty and integrity would fix our efficiency and overall functionality. Do what we say and stop making side deals and incorporating "loopholes" which allow candidate sponsoring special interests to have a piece of whatever funding or legislation is being proposed. Nothing is simply what is said on the surface, there are ALWAYS catches attached to every piece of paper passing over our lawmaker's desks.

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?

#1 priority is to restore all cuts made to education and insure that all funds promised to education are in fact going to their intended destinations. There should be no need to increase taxes or budgets for education if the funds which were intended for it are actually being supplied to education and not some vaguely related interest with their hands in the virtual pot.

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

Care and employment opportunities for our returning and or discharged service (wo)men. Sustainable (full-time with medical benefits) jobs, focusing on manufacturing but also looking at jobs of the future, jobs where we are the innovators and the trendsetters of the world. I would love to see language incorporated into our children's education, from the start, in kindergarten. I will work to see more encouragement in math and sciences as well as in the arts. We need to foster the imaginations of our young while giving them the tools, the education, to build on those visions.

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