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Former Democratic SC Governor:
Jim Hodges on the Issues

Jim Hodges on Abortion

No stance on record.

Jim Hodges on Budget & Economy

  • Budget focus on education, health care and tax relief. (Jan 2001)
  • More federal funding for FAA and air traffic control. (Feb 2000)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Protect local milk supplies with Southern Dairy Compact. (Sep 2001)

Jim Hodges on Civil Rights

  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)

Jim Hodges on Corporations

No stance on record.

Jim Hodges on Crime

  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)

Jim Hodges on Drugs

  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)

Jim Hodges on Education

  • $10M more for preschools. (Jan 2001)
  • Sales tax holiday for back-to-school items. (Jan 2001)
  • Improve and invest in public schools. (Aug 2001)

Jim Hodges on Energy & Oil

  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • More funding to develop domestic energy supplies. (Sep 2001)
  • Use federal funds for nuclear cleanup, with state input. (Sep 2001)
  • Share offshore oil development revenue with states. (Sep 2001)

Jim Hodges on Environment

  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Supports national drought policy, focusing on readiness. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain water flow in Mississippi & Missouri Rivers. (Feb 2001)

Jim Hodges on Families & Children

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

Jim Hodges on Foreign Policy

No stance on record.

Jim Hodges on Free Trade

  • Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports. (Sep 2001)

Jim Hodges on Government Reform

  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)

Jim Hodges on Gun Control

No stance on record.

Jim Hodges on Health Care

  • Affordable prescription drugs for needy seniors. (Jan 2001)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)

Jim Hodges on Homeland Security

No stance on record.

Jim Hodges on Immigration

  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Import farm workers from Mexico. (Sep 2001)

Jim Hodges on Jobs

  • Full review of farm policy; more state flexibility. (May 2001)
  • More R&D & tax incentives for small farmers. (Sep 2001)
  • Repeal the federal unemployment "temporary surtax". (Feb 2001)

Jim Hodges on Local Issues

No stance on record.

Jim Hodges on Principles & Values

  • Religious affiliation: Methodist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Democratic Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Southern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)

Jim Hodges on Social Security

  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)

Jim Hodges on Tax Reform

  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)

Jim Hodges on War & Peace

  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)

Jim Hodges on Welfare & Poverty

  • Promote the next generation of welfare reform. (Aug 2001)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)