Not long ago, I distributed my session legislative survey throughout the district in order to gauge your thoughts on many topics I will likely vote on in the Minnesota House of Representatives this year. Over 600 voters responded to the questions, and I thought I’d share a number of them with you today.
When asked how we should solve our deficit, 62% said we should cut government spending, 37% wanted a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, and only 1% would raise taxes.
For those who selected raising taxes, 41% would like to see it happen on cigarettes and/or alcohol, 27% favor sales taxes, 17% chose “other” taxes, 13% selected income taxes, and 2% favor property taxes increases.
For those who favored reduced spending, most respondents favored cuts in this order: government spending, welfare, and then environment.
A total of 91% of respondents believe voters should be required to present a photo I.D. before casting a ballot; 85% favor legislative efforts to bring Minnesota tribes to the bargaining table to renegotiate the terms of Indian gaming proceeds in Minnesota; and 83% support making Minnesota a “Right to Work” state in which each employee would have the freedom to decide if they want to join a union or not.
Resident feedback is always critical, especially with the economic uncertainty we’re currently facing, and I’m pleased to have this survey information as your views will help me better serve you at the Capitol. My thanks to everyone who took the time to complete my 2009 session survey.
For a complete rundown of all survey questions, visit my House website at www.house.mn/28B.