More California voters prefer spending cuts, not taxes, to close deficit

Field Poll: More California voters prefer spending cuts, not taxes, to close deficit

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21 Responses to “More California voters prefer spending cuts, not taxes, to close deficit”


  1. 1 Ryan Haley March 2, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    I think that the government of California should increase taxes, and continue finding more efficient ways to run its economy. I can’t really say what the for sure problems are of this state, but I do know that unemployment is high and the creation of new job markets is low. Now if we do increase taxes that would increase government spending therefore creating new jobs hopefully. That solves the problem of unemployment, but leaves the problem that people don’t want to be taxed at such high rates. Maybe a period tax could be the solution there, making the tax increase only last for one year.

  2. 2 Anthony Azevedo March 2, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    I disagree with Ryan Haley, if we give government more money then the government is going to mess even more things up and then just ask for even more money! In order to keep a true capitalism, you need a revolution every so often. People will always abuse power that is why we need the revolution. The government is too strong, and changes need to be made from the top down. First of all, why is the government officials so high on the social chart? Why do ex-presidents need bodyguards for the rest of their lives. There are cuts to be made. We need to also shorten term of people in congress or put quotes on them, to have stuff done on time. Where is the next great activist/leader of our time like (Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Harvey Milk)? Us poor people need to stick together and remember that we out number the rich and that we are people and that we are also on this planet!!!

  3. 3 Jennifer DaRosa March 4, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    I agree with the article. When the economy first started into a recession it was said that to stimulate the economy we should spend more. That doesn’t completely make sense to me. Why should we spend more when we don’t have very much money to begin with. I think it would be smarter to save our money. On this note the gov’t should not raise taxes. Raising taxes just strips people of their hard earned money and makes them angry. BY cutting back on government spending we would be able to close the deficit and make the population happier.

  4. 4 Lacey Olson March 4, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    I would totally have to agree that raising taxes is NOT the answer. I would agree with Anthony in that we’ve already seen how the state has messed things up, so why keepy fueling the fire? It’s like giving a bank card to a teenager that keeps overdrawing his/her account. Why would you keep putting money in the account when they are obviously not learning to manage it well? And I agree with Jennifer when she said, “Raising taxes just strips people of their hard earned money and makes them angry.” So true. I want to keep what little money I have.

  5. 5 Christopher Henderson (101) March 6, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    I’m torn on this one. I think it’s crazy that only 13% of the people involved in the poll thought that tax increases were the way to go. With the way unemployment is right now, mostly due to cuts to government spending, you’d think that people would prefer the state to stop cutting spending. All that means is that more jobs would be lost, and most likely in our school districts with the way Arnold has been working the last couple years. I would much rather pay more in taxes if it meant that the government would stop cutting its spending. But then I guess I can’t really make a decision (why I am torn) until I know what spending cuts they are talking about: if its spending cuts to education, taxes are the way to go; if it’s cutting spending to rich CEO’s and other wasteful spending, then cut that.

  6. 6 Azusa Mori March 9, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    When the local government does not have enough money to manage its local area because of deficit money, they ask us to pay more money as increased tax to the government. I think that there must be better ways to manage its financial problems than increasing the tax and collecting extra money from us. Its true that there is lots of waste and abuse in state government. Increasing tax is not the only solution that they can do for us.

  7. 7 Michelle Benton March 12, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Most definately cut spending. All the little crap adds up and I feel like the government could cut a lot out of many things and not have to sacrafice school spending, public programs that matter, or police force. It seems that all the bankrupt cities are doing are cutting in the worst places. I agree that giving the government more money to mess up with is like giving an irresponsible teenager a bank card. We need to get better people in office to make grown up decisions. This isn’t a game, It’s peoples lives.

  8. 8 kathryn koller March 15, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Of course people would be more into spending cuts rather than raises taxes. The government can’t always just attack us with more taxes for their poor money management skills. There was a part in the article that talks about voters not wanting to dig into their pockets and that there is a lot of abuse and waste happening in the government and i totally agree. There has been very little evidence disproving these voters concerns.
    i think a quick and dirty way at trying to regain some money or cutting wastes is getting rid of all these propositions. we’d be saving loads of money by cutting these. and i know the propositions are thought to be important by some people like the ones totally for it or against but really there are a little more important things going on in our state that i think should be taken care of before trying to fix all these little things…like maybe getting out of debt, or getting jobs back for people, or dropping furlough days or just finally getting a solid grasp of our state budget. propositions can wait and while they do, we can reap the benefits of all that saved money.

  9. 9 Britt Rockseth March 18, 2010 at 7:48 AM

    This is an obvious one to me that people would rather have spending cuts that a hike in taxes, people don’t want to take money out of their own pockets to fix something that they didn’t really have anything to do with in the first place. People don’t want to give more money to a government that can’t balance a budget in the first place, I feel that they wouldn’t use the money wisely because they have already set them stage for themselves. I feel that a little bit of both spending cuts and a raise in taxes would benefit in closing the budget deficit. But we need to be very particular in what we cut, why is education one of the first things to be cut, police, public programs? Which are the most important things. I feel that if we give the government more money they will continue to abuse their spending power.

  10. 10 Alma Tenorio March 18, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    It is understandable that many prefer cuts, however, having only one way to solve the deficit is not the solution. The cuts, in my opinion, are already being experienced by the student force. These cuts are affecting those just getting into higher education. If more cuts are approved, it is obvious that education will be cut from much needed finance once again. How can people support diminishing an investment in the future of California? I know that many don’t believe in playing their part in providing the money to make up the deficit, but money must be pulled from as many different sources as possible, that way, only a little of each source is affected. Pretty soon, if more cuts are made, those more of those who voted for them will begin to experience the outcome.

  11. 11 mike April 5, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    I agree that raising taxes is not the answer. Government seems to spend more on paying their salaries to discuss what should be done. People aren’t going to put up with this and I’m surprised by the 13% that thought it was ok to raise taxes. Most Californians have accepted the idea of furlough days and tightening their own belts to help out. Government needs to look into cutting waste at the administrative level, not the public level.

  12. 12 Karla Martinez May 1, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Although objectively it may make sense to fix the budget deficit with a mix of raising taxes and cutting spending, I think I have to side with the majority of people and support spending cuts over tax raises. No one wants to feel like they are taking money out of their pocket to solve a deficit that might be there due to programs that may not even benefit the majority of tax payers. If spending is cut, then people will have to be responsible for taking care of their own needs, and in a capitalistic society that may sit well with many people.

  13. 13 Jessica Opperman May 3, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    I don’t think we should increase taxes I think the spending cuts would be in better interest. If we have an increase in taxes we would be just giving money to the government which obviously they have not done a good job with the money they already were responsible for.

  14. 14 Angelina Hlavaty May 4, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Well the most logical thing to do would to descrease our spending with cuts over raising taxes. Either way both don’t do either good. I do believe our government and the process it takes them to even ennact rules is forever. By the time they choose a solution, year or more has gone by. They need to be given time limits or something so we can get the jobs doen. All politics is, is talk. They say what we want to hear and we suffer cause they can’t get the job done. They are not teh ones believe me that are going to be hurting on the streets from this. They have plenty of money to raise when they want to stay in office don’t they. This is why I feel like back in teh 1700’s the Boston Tea Party happened. Government in Britan was trying to control our exports and imports and we wanted to run our own country. But back then, we were teh majority and protests worked. Now, teh average persons voice is never heard. It is hard to believe we vote for people to make such rational decisions yet in many ways do not get much say to what they can do.

  15. 15 Melissa Moylan May 6, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    It is too bad that the government automatically thinks to raise taxes. The middle class is hit so hard with taxes. There should be a set tax rate that EVERYONE should have to pay. It isn’t right that people who are educated and work hard for there money should have to pay the most taxes. It needs to be equal.

  16. 16 Ana Ahnen May 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    The only way taxes will help close the gap in the economy is if there is higher taxes on those who earn more, because people who do not have a high or stable income will not be able to afford those higher taxes. Cutting government spending will only be effective if the cutting happens in the right places. If the government is going to cut things like education and other public services it is not going to be a step forward for the population as a whole. This is something that it will only be effective if done carefully.

  17. 17 Floyd Aranzazu May 15, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Cut taxes to the middle class. They were the most affected and should be fair that they pay less.

  18. 18 Joey V May 16, 2010 at 3:31 AM

    Either way we are going to have to do something we do not want to do. We can raise taxes or spend less. In our econmy neither of these options are deisred. I know it is not fair to have taxes based on income. I think that if you work hard nough to get a higher income then you shouldnt be punished by paying more taxes. You should get t keep yourmoney. However, i think if we doraise taxes,it should be to that higher bracket because they can afford the change right now, not the loer or middle class.

  19. 19 Luke Napier May 17, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    No matter which way we try to fix our economic situation, we are not going to like it. In the case of taxes, of course voters are going to think that cutting spending is much a better alternative. Why would the tax payers want to put more money to a government that is struggling more than any other state. Why also why would they want to just take more and more money right out of their own pockets. The only way raising taxes benefit the majority is raising the taxes of the wealthy. Either way it is not going to be fun.

  20. 20 Erik Rasmussen May 17, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    I think that they need to stop raising taxes and be more efficient with their spending. It’s ridiculous to see shows on television where politicians are using our tax money to go on “business trips” to tropical paradises where they spend so much money on meetings that could be funded a more efficiently. They get paid so much money yet that can’t find a way to run our country/state in an appropriate manner. Private jets that are funded by us as well to go wherever they please. Continuing to raise taxes so we can take care of people on welfare and support their medical is ridiculous. I think people on welfare should monitored because a lot of people on welfare find other ways or producing income such as selling drugs or finding jobs that pay under the table. Helping lazy people survive makes them even lazier and cost honest taxpayers so much of their paychecks. They need to stop looking at answers to our financial problems as just more taxes. It saddens me that 13 percent of people think higher taxes are the answer because that is just taking more money out of our pockets.

  21. 21 Ciara Pedroncelli May 19, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    This article simply points out the obvious. The economy is still going through a bad time. During this bad time and still up to this point, people are struggling. People were laid off or their hours were cut back but either way people have less money. Less money means that they have less money to spend on bills, necessities, and luxuries. Since people do not have the money they do not want tax increases to deal with the deficit. Cuts are not what is going to help us though it will simply hurt us more. It affects schools, hospitals and the essentials to our life.


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