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2012 survey results

Monday, April 16, 2012
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). First priority 62% Repay shifted K-12 education funds Second priority 41% Put the money in savings to help insulate our state against future downturns and unstable national and global economies Third priority 29% Reduce taxes so taxpayers keep more of their money in the future Fourth priority 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. 78% Yes 22% No 5. The governor and the Legislature should hold the line on/reduce spending and keep flat/cut taxes to help grow the economy. 67% Yes 33% No 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? 57% Yes 43% No 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? 56% Yes 44% No
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