1. The latest state budget forecast calls for a state surplus of $876 million for the 2012-2013 biennium, which is obligated to replenish our budget reserve. If further surpluses ensue, how should the money be used? Please rank in order of priority.
(Results indicate the most common choice selected for each priority ranking, 1-4).
62% Repay shifted K-12 education funds
41% Put the money in savings to help insulate our state against future downturns and unstable national and global economies
29% Reduce taxes so taxpayers keep more of their money in the future
72% Increase government spending
2. What is the best way to begin to repay delayed K-12 education funding?
65% Reduce spending in order to grow the surplus
35% Increase taxes
3. Where is the greatest need for tax reform?
39% Income taxes
43% Property taxes
13% Commercial property taxes
5% Sales taxes
4. The governor and Legislature should work to provide greater property tax relief to homeowners and businesses.
5. The governor and the Legislature should hold the line on/reduce spending and keep flat/cut taxes to help grow the economy.
6. Should Minnesota focus its transportation spending on new light rail projects or on roads and bridges?
20% Light rail projects
80% Roads and bridges
7. Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to guarantee all citizens the individual freedom to decide to join or not join a labor union, and to pay or not pay dues to a labor union?
8. How should Minnesota handle health care?
37% Go along with the federal program, aka Obamacare
63% Reject the Obamacare plan and pass private-sector reforms that offer Minnesotans more personal freedom and flexibility in healthcare coverage
9. Should the Legislature be participating in discussions pertaining to the construction of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium?