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Posted: 2006-05-03 00:00:00
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NEWS RELEASE

REP. GUNTHER ANNOUNCES SURVEY RESULTS


ST. PAUL - State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) is announcing the results of his District 24A legislative questionnaire. More than 800 people responded to Gunther’s survey, which was distributed earlier this year.

“Citizen input is critical during the legislative session,” Gunther said. “Knowing how residents feel about certain issues helps me better serve them at the Capitol.”

According to those who responded, 74% support a property tax freeze; 78% support legislation requiring school districts targeting 70% of their funding to the classroom; 75% feel any budget surplus should be used for tax relief; 67% say Minnesotans should provide a photo ID at the polls; and 65% favor paying land owners to allow for hunter access on private lands.

When asked if they would support laws creating a residency requirement for people seeking Minnesota welfare benefits, 70% of respondents feel the requirement should be 1 year; 17% said six months; 7% favored 30 to 90 days; and 6% did not support the idea.

56% said they do not support providing dairy tax credits to farmers; 79% favored eminent domain limitations; 85% liked the Twins stadium bill that would be paid for mainly by a sales tax increase in Hennepin County only; 88% said a drivers license should note immigrant status; and 94% favor English being the official state language.

In addition, 91% support amending the Minnesota Constitution to define marriage as only between one man and one woman; 94% favor changing the proposed Motor Vehicle Sales Tax constitutional amendment to ensure that 60% of revenues are dedicated to road improvements; 54% say they would not support a 5-cent per gallon gas tax increase if the money was used for roads; and 53% say Minnesota should place GPS tracking bracelets on Level III sex offenders who are released back into society

“Many of those who responded had thoughtful comments and concerns that I appreciated reading,” Gunther said. “My thanks to everyone who took the time to fill out the survey.”

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