by John Murtha, State Representative 29th Assembly District
In the spring, I sent many of you a survey where you could express your opinions regarding issues affecting our state. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete one and send it into my office. Surveys like these allow me to see where my constituents stand on the issues that come before me on the floor so that I may be able to make educated decisions that reflect our communities.
I receive phone calls, emails, and letters to my office every day, but I do not always hear from everyone. This survey provided me with the opportunity to hear from many of you that do not contact my office on a regular basis. Again, thank you for taking the time to send me your opinions on these important matters.
Listed below are a few of the questions that were in the survey and the results:
What best describes your personal view of state government? 13%: State Government should have an active role in my everyday life; 71%: State Government should be more limited and allow for more individual freedoms; 6%: Other.
The current budget proposes a change in the income tax rates to help take the burden off of the middle class. Do you agree with these changes? What would you like to see happen to our income tax structure? 64%: Yes; 17%: No
Would you like the state to do more to protect the integrity of our elections and work to eliminate the possibility of voter fraud? 70%: Yes; 30%: No
Do you think FoodShare (food stamp) recipients should be required to use their taxpayer-funded benefits on healthier food options? 80%: Yes; 20%: No
Do you support the expansion of the parental choice program statewide? 59%: Yes; 41%: No
If you did not receive a survey and would like to, please call my office toll-free at 1-888-529-0029 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.