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Candidates on the Issues

The Spokesman-Review asked the candidates for State House, Position 2, Legislative District 3 seven questions about different issues. Below are the questions and each candidate's stance on the issue.

Chelsea Bannachchelseab@spokesman.com

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ISSUE:

Do you support a carbon emissions tax like the one proposed in Initiative 732?


Timm Ormsby (D) No



Paul Delaney (L) No


Laura Carder (R) No
She notes carbon is a necessary ingredient of life.

ISSUE:

Would you support replacing the business and occupation tax on gross receipts with another tax? If so, what tax?


Timm Ormsby (D) Yes
A tax based on income, versus gross receipts.



Paul Delaney (L) No


Laura Carder (R) Yes
Says if state has a business tax at all, salaries, health care, equipment and other costs should be deducted.

ISSUE:

Do you agree with the state Supreme Court's McCleary decision that the state has not properly funded public schools? If so, how would you pay for changes in 2017-19?


Timm Ormsby (D) Yes
A tax based on income, versus gross receipts.



Paul Delaney (L) No
There would be adequate funding if wasteful spending in schools was reduced.

Laura Carder (R) Undecided
Suggests more money should be spent on classrooms, and less spent on bureaucracy.


ISSUE:

Based on current projections, state revenue will not be large enough to cover improvements to public schools in the two years starting in the summer of 2017. Where would you get the money needed?


Timm Ormsby (D)
Would consider capital gains tax or income tax. Something that is stable, sustainable and adequate - not the state's regressive sales tax and B&O tax. Reduce reliance on sales tax receipts.



Paul Delaney (L)
Unknown at this time.

Laura Carder (R) Undecided
Cuts to Planned Parenthood, Department of Ecology, and Environmental Protection Agency (though this is a federal, not a state agency).

ISSUE:

Do you support the Human Rights Commission's rule that allows transgender people to use public facilities based on their gender identity?


Timm Ormsby (D)  Yes



Paul Delaney (L)  No

Laura Carder (R) No
Says bathroom use should be based on sex, not gender identity, and we shouldn't pass laws to protect the people's choices that don't align with the values of many.

ISSUE:

Do you believe the state minimum wage should be raised, and if so by how much?


Timm Ormsby (D)  Yes
Supports initiative that would increase it to $13.50 over time.



Paul Delaney (L)  No

Laura Carder (R) No
Not at this point. Argues that Spokane needs more jobs, not higher salaries.


ISSUE:

Do you support state funding for Spokane's proposed Central City Line?


Timm Ormsby (D)  Yes

Paul Delaney (L)  No

Laura Carder (R) No