Topeka Elected officials wanting to cut taxes and school funding may want to look at the new Kansas Speaks report.
Kansas Speaks Report ( .PDF )
The annual survey done by The Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University shows most Kansans want to keep tax rates where they currently are and say funding to public schools should be increased.
The random sample of 1,039 adult Kansans took place from June 21 to Aug. 10 with 807 completed telephone surveys and 232 completed mailed questionnaires. It had a plus or minus margin of error of 3 percent.
More respondents favored keeping income, sales and property taxes at their current rates. But when asked about preferences for changing taxes for various earner categories, respondents were most likely to favor increasing taxes on large corporations (63 percent) and high income earners (58 percent).
Fifty-eight percent support increased funding for kindergarten through 12th grade, but only 35 percent said funding for higher education should increase.
The results follow record cuts to public schools administered earlier this year by Gov. Sam Brownback and fellow Republicans in the Legislature.
Brownback has also said he wants to overhaul the school finance system and the state tax code in the 2012 legislative session that starts next month.
On other policy issues, 69 percent support Kansas' new law that will require photo ID when voting.
And Brownback's decision to eliminate state funding to the Kansas Arts Commission was opposed by 41 percent of Kansans and supported by 28 percent.
Repeal of the Affordable Care Act was favored 47 percent to 39 percent and FOX News scored highest as both the most trusted TV source (19 percent) and least trusted TV source (20 percent).