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The Virginia Chamber Election Center is your resource for knowing where Virginia’s statewide candidates stand on issues of economic competitiveness. During each congressional election cycle, check in here for weekly updates of videos showing each candidate answering questions concerning various business topics. To find your candidate, click here.

Fall 2016 Candidate Questionnaires Schedule:Asset 2

October 10 – Education & Workforce Development
October 17 – Business Climate
October 24 – Energy
October 31 – The Budget, Taxes, & Regulation

 


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Question #1
Given the increased level of student debt, decreased labor force participation rate, and the shortage of skilled labor, what will you do to strengthen the connections between the classroom and the workplace at all levels?

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Question #2

What role should the federal government play in education and workforce development?

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Question #3
Platform Position: Opportunity for each candidate to layout their positions and priorities on Education and Workforce.

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To download the written answers of Julio Gracia, an independent running in the 8th Congressional District, please click here.


Question #1

Nearly 30% of Virginia’s post-recession growth is linked to exports, which support 320,000 Virginia jobs.  Will you support new trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership that lower barriers for Virginia goods and services to be exported abroad?

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Question #2

According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the entire U.S. economy relies on some form of intellectual property, either through use or production.  What measures would you recommend to protect I.P. rights, both here and abroad, and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship?

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Question #3

In CNBC’s latest rankings, Virginia fell again, to the 13th best state for business.  Since being ranked 1st in 2011, to what do you attribute the Commonwealth’s slide and what can be done to improve it?

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Question #4

Platform Position:  Opportunity for each candidate to discuss what they think will help create and robust and competitive business environment.

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To download the written answers of Julio Gracia, an independent running in the 8th Congressional District, please click here.


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Will you support the development of Virginia’s offshore energy resources including wind, gas, and oil?

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Question #2

Would you support infrastructure projects like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline that would bring clean, affordable, reliable energy to areas of high demand in Virginia?

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Question #3

Platform Position:  An optional opportunity for each candidate to lay out their position on how America and the Commonwealth should move forward to ensure we have reliable and affordable energy.

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To download the written answers of Julio Gracia, an independent running in the 8th Congressional District, please click here.


Question #1

The United States has the highest corporate tax rate of all nations in the OECD at 35%.  Should the federal corporate tax rate be lowered and simplified to allow America to compete in a global economy?

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Question #2

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, it costs nearly $1.9 trillion annually to comply with federally imposed rules.  What would you recommend be done to lessen this burden?

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Question #3

This is an opportunity for each candidate to discuss their priorities and philosophies with respect to taxes and regulation.

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Question #4

Beginning next year sequestration will be back and much of Virginia’s economy is dependent on the federal budget.  How should the nation address sequestration?  How should Virginia?

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Question #5

The debt of the United States is now over $19 trillion.  If interest rates were to rise, the Congressional Budget Office is concerned that the debt could act as a drag on the economy.  How would you seek to address that concern?

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Question #6

This is an opportunity for each candidate to share their overall position and philosophy on how the federal budget is managed.

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