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STATE SENATE DISTRICT 19

Editor's Note: The St. Petersburg League of Women's Voters asked local political candidates to respond to a series of questions about their campaigns. All candidates were given an opportunity to respond. The Times is printing their answers as a public service.

Curt Kiser

Q What experience and qualifications make you the candidate best suited for this office?

AI have served 10 years in the Florida House of Representatives and eight years in the Florida Senate. I have developed expertise on education, the environment, transportation, and finance and tax. I served as chairman of the Mobile Home Tax Force in 1989-90 and chairman of the Emissions Study Commission in 1988. I am on the ELMS III Committee and serve on the Bench/Bar Committee and on the PSC Nominating Council. I was rated fourth by the Miami Herald for most effective state senator.

Q Do you support the Growth Management Act including protection of its concurrency requirement? If not, how would you change it?

A Yes, I have been credited on numerous occasions with protecting the Growth Management Act, and I serve on the ELMS Committee to review and improve the growth management legislation.

Q In view of the shrinking revenue base, how would you finance necessary services and infrastructure needs?

A I would review the exemptions to the sales tax, and I would improve collection of the intangible taxes.

Q With the growing health crisis and many residents without health insurance, how would you propose adequately financing and delivering health care to Floridians?

A I would support the legislation passed last session to force expanded group health insurance by business, and I would standardize the claim form. I would tighten up the Hospital Cost Containment Board, and I would regulate the joint ventures by physicians.

Curt Kiser, Republican from Palm Harbor, has been a state senator since 1984.

Peter Altman

Q What experience and qualifications make you the candidate best suited for this office?

A My experience is that of a native, lifetime resident. I have seen our beaches and water quality erode while traffic has become a nightmare. Rapid, uncontrolled growth threatens the quality of life that drew so many to Florida.

As mayor of New Port Richey, I learned the kind of job government should be doing _ roads, drainage, water and sewage. As two-year chairman of Pasco Metropolitan Planning Organization, I learned the value of cooperative public-private programs.

Q Do you support the Growth Management Act, including protection of its concurrency requirement? If not, how would you change it?

A I support growth management. Our community should be developed with the least possible impact on overcrowded roads. Our small towns were dying in District 19 until city councils and mayors worked with the few remaining business owners to redevelop and revitalize old downtowns. We should encourage redevelopment of residential and business areas to provide basic services in local communities.

Q In view of the shrinking revenue base, how would you finance necessary services and infrastructure needs?

A Our tax base is not shrinking; it isn't keeping pace with the demands for services. Government should accept some of the practices that keep successful businesses afloat: redesign of the system to make it more "user-friendly;" eliminate needless layers of bureaucracy, duplication of effort and wasted resources. The labyrinth of permitting required to undertake simple repairs and improvement to conclude that government at all levels needs rethinking is unnecessary.

Q With the growing health crisis and many residents without health insurance, how would you propose adequately financing and delivering health care to Floridians?

A Access to basic health resources should be a right, not a privilege. Quality of service should not be determined by income or social status. No American or Floridian needs to experience a financial health catastrophe. Careful study by experts with significant input and representation of local citizenry is needed.

Peter Altman, Democrat from New Port Richey, is a certified public accountant.

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