We have finished tabulating the results of the 2011 legislative survey I recently conducted. Nearly 600 of you responded and the message is clear: Get a grip on state spending and protect taxpayers.
An overwhelming 81% of survey respondents support limiting state spending to the actual previous years income in order to prevent future deficits.
Another 77% say we should reduce the size and cost of our state’s workforce.
A 61% majority favors reducing government spending to erase Minnesota’s current $5 billion budget shortfall.
Only 11% want to raise taxes, with a fairly even split between corporate income tax (38%), sales tax (37%) and individual income tax (25%).
Too many people remain out of work in Minnesota and 56% of the survey participants support business-tax incentives to help create jobs. Bonding for government projects receives support from 44%.
There were a few other questions on the survey. The results of those, along with those I addressed are included here. Click to view survey results in PDF
Thank you to all who took the time to participate in my survey. Your input continues to be helpful as we face key decisions. Please continue to send me your thoughts on the issues by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.