Hoosiers Look to Legislators to Restrain Spending
Americans for Prosperity in Indiana have been busy in the build up to the next legislative session. You’ll remember last session they strongly supported Governor Mike Pence’s successful push for an income tax reduction. In the last few months they’ve been thanking legislators who stood up for economic freedom and subsequently developed a naughty list of legislators who were not as strong on economic freedom issues.
Today their foundation released a poll that shows that Hoosiers are generally satisfied with the direction of the state and its leaders. There were some questions asking voters about taxes, budget surpluses and spending habits. Glen Bolger and Jim Hobart of Public Opinion Strategies aptly sum up Hoosier attitudes on these policy fronts:
Hoosiers also prefer that money from future budget surpluses be returned to the taxpayers in the form of lower taxes, and also make it clear that a politician who votes to raise taxes will face strong public disapproval. Voters also do not think that local governments should be permitted to raise local taxes in an effort to generate additional revenue for their locality.
You can view the entire polling memo from Public Opinion Strategies on the Americans for Prosperity Foundation – Indiana’s website. While legislators may find pressure from some quarters tinker with the current tax structure, it’s clear Hoosiers aren’t all that interested in making any changes.