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Portrait of Representative Con Bunde Session:
State Capitol, Room 501
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: (907) 465-4843
Fax: (907) 465-3871
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Interim:
716 W 4th Avenue, Suite 410
Anchorage, AK 99501-2133
Phone: (907) 269-0181
Fax: (907) 269-0184

Results of Representative Con Bunde's
Mid-Session 2000 Survey

For Immediate Release: May 10, 2000
Return Rate of 10.6%

Please rank the priority that you think the Legislature should be working on this session. (The highest priority results are listed here.)

  36% Budget Cuts
30% New Revenue
17% Education
7% Environmental Protection
6% Facility Maintenance
4% Public Safety

Do you support further, targeted cuts of $30 million to the state budget?

  57% Yes
43% No

Even with the current high oil prices, the state's Constitutional Budget Reserve will be exhausted in three to five years. When that happens, which of the following options do you prefer to help balance the state budget?

  24% Much deeper cuts that will likely impact core services and programs like road maintenance, Troopers, and education,
43% New state taxes combined with more limited cuts to the budget,
33% Pay dividends and then use some of the Earnings Reserve Account for core services, combined with more limited cuts to the budget?

Which of the following possible sources of state revenue, if any, would you support:

  22% A flat income tax of 5% based on the adjusted gross income of your federal tax return that is projected to raise $585 million,
47% A state sales tax of 5% (exempting food and prescription drugs) added to any sales tax levied by a local government, that is projected to raise $350 million, or
23% A nine-cent per gallon motor fuel tax that is projected to raise $26 million for fiscal year 2001 and $29 million for each year thereafter?
3% All, income and gas tax combined, or sales and gas tax combined. (write in responses)

The Senior Citizens'/Disabled Veterans' Property Tax Exemption provides that Seniors and disabled veterans, who have a 50% or greater rated disability, do not pay property taxes on the first $150,000 of their homes assessed value. This is a state law, but the state has not fully reimbursed municipalities for that lost tax revenue for several years. Mayor Mystrom would like the Legislature to abolish this rebate. Do you feel that:

  26% Seniors and disabled veterans deserve this property tax exemption for the contributions they have made and the state should fund it at a cost of $17 million per year.
54% Only seniors and disabled veterans with income under a certain amount should be eligible for this exemption ("means test" the program)
20% This exemption should become a local option

State employee contracts are currently in negotiation. The Legislature has said that the State cannot afford any net increase in the contracts, either for pay or health benefits. Do you feel that:

  49% State employees are, for the most part, fairly compensated and the Legislature's position is correct while Alaska is operating at a deficit,
28% State employees have not had recent pay increases and should be given a fair raise,
22% There should be no pay raises, but the state should absorb any increases in health benefits,
1% Write in response: give raise and absorb healthcare cost increases.

Last session, the Legislature cut municipal revenue sharing to Alaska towns and Cities by 33%. Despite past cuts and knowledge about future cuts, Anchorage has Increased the municipality's budget (and property taxes) each year. Do you feel that:

  25% The Legislature should not make any further cuts to municipal revenue sharing despite the budget shortfall,
44% The Anchorage Mayor and Assembly should also be cutting the municipal budget,
28% The Anchorage Mayor and Assembly should be considering ways to increase revenue; such as a municipal sales tax,
1% Write in response: Increase revenue and decrease municipal budget,
1% Write in response: No state cuts and increase municipal revenue,
1% Write in response: All choices.

The Governor has proposed that the state should initiate a government to government relationship with federally recognized tribes in Alaska. Do you:

  40% Support this effort,
59% Oppose this effort,
1% Write in response: Not sure.

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