In The News: Voters polled on budget ideas


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Quinnipiac University released a poll today that finds a majority of Ohio voters disapprove of many of the proposals that have been advanced to close Ohio’s budget gap. While the poll finds that voters do not want taxes increased to balance the budget, they are cynical about the ability of incoming-Governor Kasich and the legislature to keep such a pledge.

On taxes:

61-34 percent oppose raising taxes to balance the budget
58-28 percent do not believe Kasich will keep his promise not to raise taxes
50-42 percent think Kasich should not have made the promise not to cut taxes

On cost-savings and other revenue-raising ideas:

53-32 prefer cutting services to raising taxes
51-36 oppose elimination of the estate tax
46-43 oppose laying off state workers
51-30 oppose privatization of the Ohio Turnpike
51-33 oppose privatization of state prisons
48-42 agree with Kasich’s plan to return $400 million to the federal government rather than starting passenger rail service
51-34 oppose ending the ability of government workers to collectively bargain

Bottom line: while voters will support their state leaders in an overall goal of reducing services without raising taxes to balance the budget, they are not inclined to support many of the ideas that have been proposed to make this possible. Republicans have work to do to convince the public that these ideas have merit.

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