What Sort of Budget do Californians want?

A Public Policy Institute of California survey shows the following trends in California voters:

  • By 51 percent to 42 percent, Californians say they would rather have higher taxes and more services than lower taxes and fewer state services.
  • Sixty percent also think K-12 public schools should be protected from budget cuts.
  • A majority of voters favor boosting the sales tax by 1 1/2 cents, increasing the vehicle license fee by $12 a year, adding a nickel a drink to the alcohol tax, raising the tax rate for the richest Californians and increasing corporate taxes.
  • And while Republicans are leading the battle for a state spending cap, the 70 percent of all Californians who now support those limits includes 67 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of independents.
  • One ominous note for Schwarzenegger is that 61 percent of likely voters oppose his plan to borrow billions of dollars against future state lottery earnings.

In general, this means Californians prefer higher taxes with more services. K-12 should not be touched. There should be a spending cap and no more borrowing.

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2 Responses to “What Sort of Budget do Californians want?”


  1. 1 Claudio Ramirez January 29, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    I would have to agree with proposal that would increase California taxes, well at the same time increasing its services. I think its important especially for a state like California to have more resources and services available for its people. It is one of the three largest states in the country and has a higher GDP then most countries in the world. I would also agree that the K-12 system should not be touched in the sense of budget cuts. Our youth in the future of our countries workforce and economy. If anything, more money should be put into the educational systems. I also believe that there should be a spending cap and less borrowing because with the more money that is borrowed, the more in debt the state and the country gets into. I believe there are many unless programs that are not working that should be cut, which would increase the money put into the programs that are working and are under funded.

  2. 2 littleriver January 29, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Based on the information in this article I would have to conclude that Californians are most deserving of what is happening to them right now.


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