Results – 2017-2018 Legislative Session Issues Survey

A few weeks ago, I posted a survey asking you for feedback on issues the General Assembly is expected to confront during the next legislative session.  I received hundreds of responses from residents all across the 36th Senatorial District.  Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts on issues impacting our Commonwealth!

Here are the results:

  1.  Which of the following issues do you believe the General Assembly ought to prioritize in 2017?
    • Public Sector Pension Reform – 28%
    • Balanced State Budget – 15%
    • Property Tax Reform – 15%
    • Education Funding – 10%
    • Drug and Substance Abuse – 4%
    • Transportation/Infrastructure – 3%
    • All others less than 2%
  2. Do you support the elimination of the school district property tax and replacing the property tax with an increased income tax and increased/expanded state sales tax?
    • Strongly Support – 35%
    • Somewhat Support – 30%
    • Somewhat Oppose- 10%
    • Strongly Oppose – 17%
  3. Do you support legislation that would place all new legislators and new public sector employees in a new defined contribution 401k type plan?
    • Strongly Support – 64%
    • Somewhat Support – 21%
    • Somewhat Oppose 7%
    • Strongly Oppose – 8%
  4. In recent years Pennsylvania has become infamous for a number for a number of high profile public corruption cases involving state government officials.  Do you believe Pennsylvania would benefit from legislation establishing a public integrity commission?
    • Strongly Support – 30%
    • Somewhat Support – 29%
    • Somewhat Oppose – 10%
    • Strongly Oppose – 10%
    • Unsure/Other Ideas – 21%
  5. Currently contracts between public sector unions and state government entities are negotiated in secret.  Do you believe that these negotiation sessions should be open to the public and subject to Right to Know?
    • Strongly Support – 64%
    • Somewhat Support – 16%
    • Somewhat Oppose – 9%
    • Strongly Oppose – 11%
  6. Do you support efforts to empower an independent Office of Inspector General to identify and eradicate waste, fraud, and abuse in state government executive agencies?
    • Strongly Support – 59%
    • Somewhat Support – 25%
    • Somewhat Oppose – 6%
    • Strongly Oppose – 5%

Thanks again for taking the time to share your view with me!

 

Warmest Regards,

Ryan

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