| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy|
Ted Strickland: Slowest Growing Budget in 42 Years.
Martin O`Malley: Limit budget growth to below inflation.
Jim Gibbons: Raise the amount of protection for property by $200k.
Sarah Palin: Aim to reduce general fund spending by $150 million.
Charlie Crist: Proposed the Anti-Murder Act.
Rick Perry: Amachi program: break up generational cycle of incarceration.
Rick Perry: Tough and smart: jail sexual offenders; release non-violent.
Martin O`Malley: Additional funding to hire correctional and police officers.
Rick Perry: Protect the border from drug traffickers.
Jim Gibbons: Increased funding and set up working group against meth use.
Ted Strickland: State Contribution to Local Schools will reach 54 percent.
Ted Strickland: Zero tuition increase in ‘08; Less than 3% increase in ‘09.
Charlie Crist: Propose $3.8 billion to reduce class size.
Jim Gibbons: Gauge the demands of introducing full-day kindergarten.
Sarah Palin: Fully fund K-12 and support early funding of education.
Jon Huntsman: To produce first-rate students, pay for first-rate teachers.
Tim Kaine: We raised teacher pay & required regular teacher evaluations.
Tim Kaine: Include private & church schools in kindergarten & pre-K.
Energy & Oil|
Kathleen Sebelius: Bioenergy Research Grant Program for renewable fuels.
Kathleen Sebelius: Kansas Wind Working Group: 1% of energy from wind, & growing.
Charlie Crist: Propose almost $70 million on alternative energy development.
Tim Kaine: Key to success is availability of reliable, low-cost power.
Charlie Crist: Appropriate $100 million to continue to restore Everglades.
Rick Perry: Stop declaring wildlife sanctuaries on water reservoirs.
Martin O`Malley: Adopt the Clean Cars Act to fight global warming.
Jim Gibbons: Committed $72 million for environmental improvement projects.
Sarah Palin: Provide stability in regulations for developers.
Sarah Palin: Convince the rest of the nation to open ANWR.
Tim Kaine: Historic investments in water quality & open space.
Families & Children|
Tim Kaine: Prevent childhood obesity by improving health education.
Rick Perry: Divest state funds from companies doing business in Sudan.
Tim Kaine: Virginia began as an experiment in global trade.
Martin O`Malley: Implement a system of open and transparent administration.
Jon Huntsman: Two-year cooling-off period before State employees can lobby.
Ted Strickland: Access to Health Care for Every Ohio Child.
Rick Perry: Medical liability reforms have reduced frivolous lawsuits.
Rick Perry: $50 million nursing initiative to address shortage of nurses.
Rick Perry: Healthier Texas: $200M funding pool for uncompensated care.
Martin O`Malley: Pass the Maryland healthcare act to expand health coverage.
Jon Huntsman: We mandate insurance for cars, but not children's health.
Tim Kaine: 1 million Virginians do not have health insurance.
Tim Kaine: Expand job benefits for members of the Virginia Guard.
Rick Perry: $100 million investment in a more secure border.
Jon Huntsman: Utah job growth at 5%; unemployment under 3%.
Tim Kaine: Today's minimum wage is not enough to take care of a family.
Ted Strickland: Property tax cut for 1 out of 4 Ohio homeowners.
Charlie Crist: Reduce property taxes by doubling homestead exemption.
Rick Perry: Tax rebates & tax relief instead of government spending.
Sarah Palin: Repeal “nuisance taxes” including the tire tax.
Jon Huntsman: Removed half of the sales tax on food.
Tim Kaine: Increase income tax filing threshold from $7,000 to $12,000.
Tim Kaine: Exempt first 20% of home value from property taxes.
Kathleen Sebelius: Kansas Innovation Consortium for high-tech investment.
Rick Perry: $40M for 5,500 students in Texas Technology Grants.
Jim Gibbons: Committing $170 million for highway projects.
Jon Huntsman: Fund desperately needed road expansions.
Tim Kaine: Re-zoning to account for transportation infrastructure.
War & Peace|
Tim Kaine: Visited VA National Guard members in Green Zone in Baghdad.