Santa Clara County Voter's Guide On Children's Issues

California State Assembly, District 30

Neil Kitchens

I decided to run for state assembly because I have the background, education and experience required to tackle all of the problems stated supra. I plan on working across the aisle to cut wasteful spending, waste fraud and abuse and use our existing budget without raising taxes especially SB-1.

  1. What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?

    The top 3 issues facing families in District 30 are 1.) The gas tax which not only increase prices at the pump but also higher costs for grocery, school clothes etc. I want SB-1 Repealed 2.) Crime, Prop 47 attracts vagrants from other states as theft, shoplifting and other "low level" crimes are reduced to misdemeanors and are usually not even reported let alone prosecuted. Prop 57 lets rapist and child molesters out early and 95% reoffend, I want both REPEALED 3) Housing--The cost of housing is so onerous it takes 50-60% of families income to provide housing.

  2. How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?

    Cutting waste, fraud, and abuse. Specifically OUTSOURCING 90% of our infrastructure projects which will cut massive waste from our current budget.

  3. What steps will you take to address the high cost and lack of availability of quality child care and preschool programs in our communities, especially for low-income children and English language learners?

    Overall, lowering taxes and regulations will create more higher paying jobs. I am also a big fan of family leave acts and want to expand. A state income tax credit fro child care should be instated for working families as that will give them more money for child care in the form of a credit/deduction.

  4. What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?

    More school choice and more programs fro special needs children is definitely in order. We pay the highest property taxes in the country and we need to ensure the bulk of that money goes to our schools and teachers.

  5. Much of the student achievement gap has been linked to the "opportunity gap" that low-income children and children of color experience, including lack of access to healthy food, preschool, tutors and enrichment activities. If elected, what steps will you take to address this issue?

    As stated supra, The Gas Tax(SB-1) is driving the cost of everything else including groceries. Healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables are already higher in cost than less healthy foods. The gas tax is exacerbating that situation as diesel fuel is even higher than gasoline and diesel is what delivers food to the markets and now that cost is being passed on to consumers.