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Sonoma, Humboldt, Mendocino, Del Norte, Trinity Counties, CA June 3, 2014 Election
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Jim Wood
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 would you prioritize the fiscal choices the Legislature must make to align the state’s income and spending?

I believe that the Governor's efforts to create a rainy day fund is a good step towards long term financial stability and potentially offers some protection against the boom and bust cycles we experience with statewide funding of critical programs. We must live within our means, but we must also recognize and respect that cuts to safety-net programs can ultimately have a much higher costs than the short term savings realized. We must recognize when there are imbalances and act accordingly. We must invest in education as a long term solution for improving the quality of our workforce. We must make college affordable.

2. Given our current drought condition, concern for water rights and usage is an important issue. What solutions would you support to address our water problems?

Changes in personal behavior around the prudent use of water should become the norm - with or without a drought. We waste much too much water. Conservation is a critical issue.

We also have critical water storage needs. Some of our reservoirs have not been optimized for maximum capacity and we should be focusing on this. Further, outdated water release protocols by the Federal Government have diminished our water supplies and more efforts must be made to work with the Army Corps of Engineers to improve this practice.

Finally, I believe we need to be looking to create new water storage projects. Water storage has not kept pace with population in California.

3. California high school students rank lower than many states in student performance. What do you see as the ongoing role of the Legislature in addressing this problem?

Teachers need the resources to educate our children to be competitive in the 21st century. We rank 49th in the United States in per pupil funding. This disparity in funding makes it very difficult to provide the quality of education necessary to have high performing students. The legislature should insure that resources are available and adequate. The legislature should also resist reducing funding for education when the economy struggles as I believe that diminishes our ability to recover from bad economic times.

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

We have major challenges with the delivery of healthcare in rural communities which creates significant disparities between health outcomes in urban and rural areas. We need to work to increase access to high quality healthcare for all Californians.

Infrastructure - such as high speed internet - must be available in rural communities to ensure that schools, businesses and healthcare facilities have access to this critical tool.

Education must be funded at higher levels to insure that the resources are available to provide an education relevant to the needs and challenges of the 21st century.

We must systematically and methodically address climate change and invest more in protecting and restoring our natural resources.

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