Jeff Staples for Delegate
 Progressive for the 81st Va. House
               

will help lead us out of the politics of the past and into the solutions of the future .
 We can solve the problems of healthcare, housing, energy, jobs and much more!

Healthcare:
I will continue to work for the expansion of Medicaid access.  I will work to lower cost for prescription drugs and push for better access for Virginians to mental health care. One way that we can accomplish these goals is to establish a public option for Virginia citizens. This option would create lower prices through the competition that it would provide to the private plans.

Residential Development:
I will introduce legislation that stipulates that no new residential building permits will be granted to any area that is in a school district in which a school is already at or above 110% of student capacity.
I will also require that before new multiple new residential building permits are approved, a study by the local government shall be done to determine if the roads leading to and from the proposed residential sites are at or above capacity. If they are at or above capacity, no further permits may be issued until the road  capacity is enlarged.


Clean Energy and Transportation:
I will fully support the proposed Virginia Green New Deal. I am against the further exploitation of fossil fuel resources or infrastructure in the Commonwealth. I will also support workers training programs for new energies and technologies that will lead to good paying employment opportunities.
We will mandate that all new public buildings in the Commonwealth have rooftop solar panels installed so as to help pay their way in the form of clean energy.
No to offshore oil and/or gas drilling, fracking and pipelines.
Yes to wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and other forms of clean energy.
I plan to work for big increases in public transportation funding and availability, including requiring that if a new multiple business area is to be permitted. Public transit must be funded to go to that new destination for all of the hours that the facility is opened. Too many times, people who depend on public transit are shut out of job opportunities that are created outside of bus or other transit routes.

Campaign Finance:
I have pledged to not take any corporate money. I will I work  to see that the Virginia Legislature bans corporate contributions for all elected state officials as well. We can accomplish this by increasing the salaries of our Senators and Delegates. Salaries could be fixed at $62,500 annually plus the per diems for offices, mailings and travel. This should attract quality Candidates who would want to put ordinary Virginian's concerns first.

Gender Rights:
I support reproductive health freedom rights. I support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. I will also support the increased protection for those who have suffered from or are threatened by domestic violence.

Criminal Justice:
I support fiscal accountability by supporting alternative sentences and rehabilitative programs and services for nonviolent offenders.
Acknowledging the many medical benefits and the over criminalization of marijuana and how it is costing taxpayers billions per year to fund the war against it, I am in support of legalizing marijuana. I will fight to enforce our Constitution to prevent any infringements.


Education:
Should be our #1 priority! I support statewide raises of no less than 5% for teachers and support staff. Fully funding two years of Community College education and programs that train for careers, should be furnished to all residents students at no tuition cost to boost economy and boost employment opportunities which in turn has the potential to reduce crime and recidivism.. This program will rapidly pay for itself by having a trained workforce ready to tackle the industries and technologies of tomorrow thus  earnestly boosting the Virginia economy.

Gun Rights:
I do believe that the 2nd Amendment is the law of the land. I also am an avid deer and turkey hunter.  I do believe that we should have universal background checks for gun purchases/ownership transfers, except among family members. I do advocate that all private weapons be banned at all state government facilities.
I feel that the gun laws that we presently have represent a good balance of gun owner rights and sensible regulation.

Elections: I will submit legislation that requires that political party designations are no longer printed on ballots. It is time to push our voters to educate themselves on the candidates. Too often people vote with nothing other than their "chosen" party in mind.

New Taxes: I will support legislation to put a 1/2% sales tax on stock and bond sales. This would raise more than 400 million badly needed dollars for our strapped budget. To many tax breaks have been given to those who need them least. I will also offer legislation to only offer incentives to companies looking to expand or relocate to Virginia, that meet high worker compensation and benefits standards. The standards shall be monitored and any company failing at their worker compensation goals will have their incentives revoked.