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 H. (Jim) Dillard II (R), Incumbent, 48, of 4709 Briar Patch La., Fairfax, a social studies teacher in Fairfax County, is a five-term member of the House. He is on Privileges and Elections and Militia and Police committees, and is the ranking Republican on the Education Committee. He chaired the State Water Study Commission last year.
Issue: Budget matters are the most important issues facing the General Assembly. As a result of the present economic situation, we are faced with a shortfall in revenue while asked to take no added responsibilities under the New Federalism. We must manage our fiscal affairs to allow us to meet the needs of our citizens without tax increases. We are continuing to reduce the number of state employes, and the governor has asked selected agencies to cut spending by 5 percent to have state expenditures stay within the bounds of state revenues. The assembly must weigh the good revenue news, such as the increased federal monies from new federal tax laws, against the bad revenue news of projected shortfalls in sales and income tax receipts.
Budget: Absolutely necessary. If the economy improves and revenue projects are met, the cuts can be restored. The cuts are only 5 percent and are directed mostly to general administrative agencies. Many areas have been excluded, including: (a) the local governments; (b) elementary and secondary education; (c) Medicaid, which has already been cut; (d) aid to dependent children; (e) nongeneral funds, which make up more than half the budget, and (f) capital outlay projects. The one area that gives me great concern is higher education. Each cut, however, is subject to review and if a college president or administrative head can show that serious damage could occur as a result of the cuts, adjustments can be made.
Problem: Transportation. As a result of the last session, we were able to bring increased funding to Northern Virginia's transportation system. We doubled the state funding to Metro and substantially increased monies for our roads in Fairfax County, doubling secondary road improvement funds for 1983 and providing four times more monies than originally allocated to Northern Virginia for 1984. Two studies are presently being conducted: 1) to redraw highway districts to make Northern Virginia a separate district, and 2) to examine highway funding. I am confident the funding study will recommend a funding formula which will be fairer to Northern Virginia. Even with a favorable report, it will still take hard work to gain the necessary votes to change the formula. I will fight for both separate highway distrcts and a new formula.