Candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates were asked the following questions by The Washington Post:
Issue: What do you believe is the most important statewide issue the 1983 General Assembly will confront?
Budget: What is your opinion of the Robb administration's budget cuts? Would you cut some programs more deeply and restore funds to others?
Problem: What Northern Virginia problem is most in need of legislative attention?
James N. Burroughs (R) 26, of 1811 Midlothian Ct., Vienna, an attorney and contractor, is on the Fairfax Republican Committee. He has been a clerk in the General Assembly and a legislative assistant and district representative for U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf. He is a Jaycee and is active in the Vienna Presbyterian Church.
Issue: Dealing effectively with the opportunities and increased responsibilities that the federal government's turning over more than 30 programs will entail will be the overriding issue before the 1983 General Assembly. Additionally, the General Assembly must address Virginia's water resource allocation procedures.
Budget: As an energency measure, taken because projected revenues were not being met, I can accept the Robb cuts. However, I feel strongly that the legislature has the ultimate responsibility to determine program and agency needs. Programs dealing with transportation, education, law enforcement and assistance to the elderly must be prioritized. The General Assembly must be prepared to exercise its authority over distribution of nongeneral funds, as well as the administration and management practices of state departments and agencies to find every available resource without increasing the tax burden.
Problem: The general sense of discouragement with the relationship between Fairfax County and the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation remains as the problem most citizens are concerned about. I propose several steps be taken to begin the process to help ease this ongoing problem, including the establishment of a district highway office for Northern Virginia; revision of the road allocation funding formula to reflect both the growing urbanization of our area as well as the changes in both fuel consumption and driving habits; and an in-depth audit of the administration and management of the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation.
Dorothy S. McDiarmid (D), Incumbent, 75, of 9950 Meadow lark Rd., Vienna, has served in the House 19 years. She is senior member of the Northern Virginia delegation, chairs the Education Committee and the Appropriation Committee's human resources sub committee and serves on a number of advisory councils. She is an educator and businesswoman.
Issue: Confronted by serious shortfalls, compounded by federal funding curtailments -- the wise and prudent expenditure of public funds, within a balanced budget to provide responsive and responsible government with strict public accountability to insure integrity of government dedicated to serve prople and not vested interests.
Budget: Reductions in expenditures were legislatively mandated as an emergency measure to protect Virginia's fiscal integrity and balanced budget. Broad-based cuts are seldom entirely equitable, and considered adjustments on a selective priority basis will have to be undertaken at the 1980 session to conform projected expenditures to actual revenues in support of essential public services.
Problem: Confronted by the trauma of inflation, recession unemployment, high interest rates and burdensome taxation, there are many, many issues of concern for Northern Virginians requiring legislative attention, to meet needs for maintenance of essential human services, environmental protection and legislative actions to: 1) upgrade quality educational opportunitie from kindergarten through college to enable our children, who will be the leaders of tomorrow's generation, to achieve their maximum potential in our complex world of exploding knowledge; 2) attain a balanced transportation system for road, rail and air; 3 contain crime to insure safety in our homes and on out highways and assure prompt justice for convicted violators of our laws, and 4) justify the confidence of the elderly that their needs will be met.