California Senate District 4

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    Phillip Kim

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Health care: Do you support a “single-payer” health care system? Explain.

Housing: Do you agree with rent control? Explain. What should government do to solve the housing shortage?

Gas tax: Do you support the gasoline tax and other transportation fee increases to fix roads? If not, how should the state pay for road repairs?

High-speed rail: What should the state do next with the program?

Climate: Explain what efforts, if any, the state should make to combat global warming.

Criminal justice: Explain why you agree or disagree with changes California has made to lower the prison population by setting different sentences for some crimes and changing parole rules.

Age 37
Birthplace (city) White Plains, N.Y.
Residence (city) Citrus Heights
Campaign telephone (301) 518-2631
Campaign email
Education Bachelor’s degree, government, Cornell University, 2006.
Experience Community organizer, progressive health care union, 2017-18; labor outreach organizer, Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, 2016; shop steward, UNITE HERE Local 49, 2010-14; food server, Thunder Valley Casino, 2007-14.
Yes. I support a more efficient Medicare for All system that would guarantee health care for all. The current system is broken and too expensive. We need to take on insurance and pharmaceutical companies by passing SB 562, the Healthy California Act.
Yes. And I support a repeal of Costa-Hawkins to allow cities to pass more effective rent control laws. And we need more high-density mixed-use zoning near mass transit hubs, both requiring developers to build affordable units and via public housing.
Yes; however, the gas tax is a regressive tax that affects working people more than the wealthy. Ultimately we need a more fair system that taxes unearned incomes such as dividends, interest and capital gains more than wages.
We should finish it and make sure that we are taking steps to have the most modern and reliable high-speed rail system that is possible. America is far behind the rail systems of Europe and Asia. We need to shift away from cars.
We need to ban fracking and rapidly transition to clean, renewable energies. California is the third-highest oil-producing state in the country. For the sake of saving our future and preventing global catastrophe, we need to do more.
I agree. We have a racist criminal justice system that imprisons too many poor people, black people, and people of color. We need to focus on alternatives to prison that give people a chance to rebuild their lives and keep the community safer.
Age 75
Birthplace (city) Fresno
Residence (city) Red Bluff
Campaign telephone (530) 289-6857
Education Bachelor's degree, agriculture business, CSU Fresno, 1967; Agriculture Leadership Fellow, 1974-75.
Experience State senator, 2013-present; state assemblyman, 2008-12; state senator, 1978-90; founding chair, CA Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights; chair/member, CA Board of Prison Terms, 1993-2000.
No. It is abundantly clear that government-run health care (Obamacare for example) results in higher costs, rationing of care and diminished quality of care. Medical liability reform and increasing care options increase access and lower costs.
No. Rent control reduces housing supply and increases costs to every other housing consumer. Excessive regulations drive up construction/housing costs. New state and local taxes on homebuyers also limit housing for California families.
No. I voted against the $52B gas tax and car tax increase (VLF). Tens of billions in new taxes have been collected during the past 6 years that should be used for roads. Gas taxes hurt the poor. Redirect wasteful high-speed rail money for roads.
We must end this boondoggle! CA voters were lied to about high-speed rail. Costs have exploded to nearly $100 billion - keep rising. In the Senate, I believe HSR should be put to a "re-vote" of the people, who I believe now overwhelmingly oppose it.
Any government policy that is proposed to affect "climate change" must be weighed against the economic cost to the people of California. California's Office of Administrative Law should apply an economic test to every climate change proposal.
"Criminal justice realignment" has resulted in more unrehabilitated felons on CA streets. It has not saved money. It has eliminated consequences for repeated and escalating criminal acts. Voters, deceived by Props 47, 57, we must fix these mistakes.