Poll: Voters prefer budget cuts over tax hikes to fix state budget - SanTanValley.com

Poll: Voters prefer budget cuts over tax hikes to fix state budget

Poll: Voters prefer budget cuts over tax hikes to fix state budget

As Arizona faces a third year of budget distress, a new report indicates that most state residents believe program cuts are the best way to erase the deficit.

But they're picky. They don't want K-12 education cut - and that's the biggest part of Arizona's budget, at 37 percent of overall spending.

And before anyone picks up the budget ax, nearly half of those surveyed (48 percent) believe there is room to squeeze more efficiencies out of state government.

The findings are in a survey by the Pew Center on the States along with the Public Policy Institute of California. The researchers took the public pulse in five budget-stressed states to find out how residents want their governments to grapple with ongoing deficits.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/10/06/20101006voters-want-programs-cut-over-tax-increase.html#ixzz14rjHnZW4

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