PPIC Poll: More Californians Open To New Taxes
It seems more of us are willing to accept tax increases as a way to help balance the state’s multi-billion dollar budget shortfall. That’s the finding of a new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The survey finds 42 percent of Californians are now open to a combination of new taxes and spending cuts to fix the budget — that’s up from 36 percent in December. P-P-I-C President Mark Baldassare says people are concerned about proposed cuts to education, health care and public safety:
“In just the last two months there’s been a twenty percent increase in the numbers of Californians who say they’re very concerned about the effects of spending reductions that were mentioned in the Governor’s budget plan.”
56 percent of Californians are now in that category. The poll also found that approval ratings are down for the Governor and the legislature. Schwarzenegger’s approval rating is now at 44 percent – down six points since January. The legislature’s is at 30 percent – down four points.