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Former Republican KS Governor:
Bill Graves on the Issues

Bill Graves on Abortion

No stance on record.

Bill Graves on Budget & Economy

  • Reauthorize the Kansas state lottery. (Jan 2001)
  • Let state meat inspection suffice for interstate shipments. (Jul 2000)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Foster dairy production that is market driven. (Feb 1998)
  • Maintain & enforce existing spending caps in the future. (Sep 1998)

Bill Graves on Civil Rights

  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)

Bill Graves on Corporations

No stance on record.

Bill Graves on Crime

  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
  • Zero tolerance for violence against government employees. (Aug 2001)

Bill Graves on Drugs

  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
  • States should make drug policy, not feds. (Aug 2001)

Bill Graves on Education

  • More funding for special education and parental services. (Jan 2001)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)

Bill Graves on Energy & Oil

  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions. (Aug 2001)
  • Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases. (Sep 1998)

Bill Graves on Environment

  • Replace MTBE in gasoline with cleaner ethanol. (May 2000)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Focus on prevention and states for Endangered Species. (Aug 2001)
  • Collaborative, incentive driven, locally-based solutions. (Aug 2001)
  • Apply "Good Samaritan" rules to abandoned mine cleanup. (Aug 2001)
  • State primacy over water quantity & quality issues. (Aug 2001)
  • Supports grants for brownfields remediation. (May 2002)
  • Make EPA into a Cabinet department. (May 2002)
  • More EPA flexibility on interstate ozone. (May 1998)
  • Focus on results, not regulation. (Sep 1998)

Bill Graves on Families & Children

  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)

Bill Graves on Foreign Policy

No stance on record.

Bill Graves on Free Trade

  • Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement. (May 2002)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (May 1998)
  • Grant fast-track authority to the President. (Nov 1999)

Bill Graves on Government Reform

  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)

Bill Graves on Gun Control

No stance on record.

Bill Graves on Health Care

  • Eliminate waiting period for HealthWave child health care. (Jan 2001)
  • More funding for Medicaid matching & pharmaceuticals. (Jan 2001)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • More federal funding for rural health services. (Aug 2001)
  • Tax credits for those without employee health insurance. (May 2002)
  • Tax deduction for long-term care insurance. (May 2002)
  • Support telemedicine for underserved areas. (May 2002)
  • $350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors. (May 2002)
  • Maintain Medicare funding of HMO benefits. (Oct 1999)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)

Bill Graves on Homeland Security

No stance on record.

Bill Graves on Immigration

  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • English immersion over bilingual education. (Jul 2001)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (Oct 1999)

Bill Graves on Jobs

  • Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship. (Aug 2001)
  • State instead of federal rules for animal operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Immediate federal assistance for farm crisis. (Sep 1999)

Bill Graves on Local Issues

No stance on record.

Bill Graves on Principles & Values

  • Religious affiliation: United Methodist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Midwestern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership . (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Western Governors' Association. (Aug 2001)

Bill Graves on Social Security

  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
  • Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives. (Sep 1998)

Bill Graves on Tax Reform

  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)

Bill Graves on War & Peace

  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports $48 billion in new spending for anti-terrorism. (Jan 2002)
  • Study terrorist threats against nuclear waste repositories. (Aug 2001)

Bill Graves on Welfare & Poverty

  • Support LIHEAP, low-income heating assistance. (May 2000)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)