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State Representative Bob Gunther

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Posted: 2008-04-16 00:00:00
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ST. PAUL – The results of State Representative Bob Gunther’s (R-Fairmont) legislative survey are in, and Gunther said he is pleased to release the findings after hundreds of area residents weighed in with their opinions.

“It’s always good to know how the public feels about certain legislative topics that are likely to be debated at the State Capitol,” Gunther said.

When asked whether or not the Legislature should raise taxes to fund a specific area of government, 44% of respondents said taxes should not be raised; 22% said more should be provided to schools; 17% supported health care; 13% chose property tax relief; and 4% selected state government.

When asked how we should pay for transportation infrastructure, 31% chose raising the gas tax; 29% said we should make transportation spending a priority; 26% selected bonding, and 14% want to increase the sales tax to pay for transit only.

43% also feel the Legislature should cut spending, 33% feel it should cut taxes and cut spending, 21% want it to cut neither taxes nor spending, and 2% say it should cut income taxes only.

In addition, 80% of respondents feel Minnesotans should provide photo identification before voting, and 81% would support legislation enabling consumers to access more information on the quality and cost of health care services.

“Many of the respondents also were able to share other thoughts and concerns regarding the latest Capitol happenings, which I always appreciate,” Gunther said. “My thanks to everyone who took the time to fill out my survey.”

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