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October 25, 1992

Questions were sent to candidates in September. Answers have been edited to fit the space.

State Spending

Q. What do you believe is the single most wasteful program in state government?

Hayden: All state bureaucracy is inherently wasteful. Too often it is based on body counts instead of actual service or quality of performance. From classrooms to cellblocks, bureaucracies are rewarded on average daily attendance, caseloads, etc., and not according to how many minds they develop, lives they improve, or even dollars they save. We need to phase in more performance-based budgeting across the board.

Issacson: The portion of the University of California that supports the Pentagon. Prisons when used for drug offenders.

McRoskey: An inattentive and ineffective Legislature.

Weilburg: Every echelon of state, as well as federal government is mired in waste, but for the sake of answering the question, I'll say the pay for a state senator.

Indispensable Programs

Q. Are there any state programs you believe should never be cut? If so, what?

Hayden: Basic education, environment, public safety and protection of the disadvantaged.

Issacson: Welfare, education, mental health, health care, help for aged, medical.

McRoskey: Wasteful, needless and reckless spending must be eliminated regardless of "sacred-cow" status.

Weilburg: Regardless of the program, the day we quit looking for ways to save even one taxpayer's dollar will be a day that will live in infamy.

Taxes on Wealthy

Q. Do you support a November ballot initiative that would raise taxes on wealthy individuals, corporations and banks while repealing 1991 sales tax hikes?

Hayden: Yes, although I do not agree with every provision.

Issacson: Yes.

McRoskey: Tax-shifting initiatives do not result in reduction of wasteful spending programs.

Weilburg: The 1991 sales tax hikes should be repealed. I'm against Proposition 167's tax hikes.

Gay Rights

Q. Do you support legislation to ban job discrimination against homosexuals in California?

Hayden: Yes.

Issacson: Yes.

McRoskey: Such legislation has become the law of the state.

Weilburg: No.

Business Exodus

Q. Do you believe businesses are leaving California due to a hostile business environment? If yes, how would you make California more attractive to business?

Hayden: There are not as many businesses leaving as the special-interest lobbyists claim. The big reasons we've lost 500,000 jobs are a national economic recession and inevitable defense cuts. The old days of "recovery" by over-development are over. We must improve the public quality of life for private enterprise, by improving education, transit and the environment.

Issacson: No. Let's replace any business that deserts California with a state-owned enterprise that duplicates the product or service and keeps jobs here at union wages.

McRoskey: Yes. This exodus can be stopped by a reform of workers' compensation laws, stimulation of capital formation, elimination of detrimental regulations and fees.

Weilburg: Yes. I would work to lower state income and business taxes and to deregulate our over-regulated industries.

Health Insurance

Q. Do you support requiring California businesses to provide health insurance to employees or contribute to a fund to provide health care for the uninsured? Hayden: Many California businesses are being crushed by health-care costs now. We need a universal system with cost containment and prevention emphasized.

Issacson: Yes. Health care can be best funded now by the people who have the money.

McRoskey: Some form of self-supporting coverage must be developed. Business entities cannot bear added costs as it exacerbates the state's known hostility toward these entities. Illegal immigration and other factors add to this dilemma.

Weilburg: No. Required health insurance would further harm California's already over-regulated businesses. If taxes were lower, then people could afford their own health insurance.

School Vouchers

Q. Do you support giving state money to parents to allow them to enroll their children in schools of their choice, public or private?

Hayden: No.

Issacson: No. This would destroy our most democratic institution, public education.

McRoskey: Parents must have a choice of independent or parochial schools and if so elected are entitled to some credit proposals.

Weilburg: Yes. I support returning taxpayers' money so people have a choice.

College Tuition

Q. Should tuition at state universities and colleges be increased to help offset state budget deficits?

Hayden: No. Student fees have increased 200-250% this decade, and our students are in greater debt per capita than the people of the former Soviet Union. Reduce the tax deduction for business lunches and country club dues and you offset the need for $300 million in student fee increases.

Issacson: No. Cut back the increases of the last two years. These increases fall hardest on the poor and people of color.

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