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Letter: Legislative survey results announced

Rep. Joe Schomacker

The numbers are tabulated and the results from the House District 22A legislative questionnaire distributed earlier this year are ready to be shared. As your voice in St. Paul, gauging the positions and offering a direct dialogue for constituents is important to me. Schomacker said.

When asked how we should solve our deficit, 72 percent said we should cut government spending, 27 percent wanted a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, and only 1 percent would only recommend raising taxes.

In terms of how to best create jobs in this state, 66 percent of respondents want the state to cut red tape and speed up permitting process for businesses trying to grow. Sixty-two percent think we should lower tax rates to better compete with surrounding states, and roughly 8 percent chose more spending on bonding projects. One respondent recommended hiring more state government employees.

In addition, two-thirds of respondents oppose an expansion of sales taxes (a proposal Gov. Mark Dayton has now retracted). Four out of five respondents opposed the unionization of daycare providers and personal care attendants. Eighty-seven percent oppose a proposed health insurance premium increase for the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Exchange, and just more than half (58 percent) believe Minnesota should immediately pay back the remaining amount owed our school districts.

I'd like to thank the hundreds of residents who responded to this survey and shared their input on state government.