I appreciate having another opportunity to talk with Central Kansas radio host Paul Ibbetson, on his 105.7 FM program, “The Conscience of Kansas.” Recently, we discussed scientific polling documenting the fiscally conservative nature of Kansas voters. The details of the polling are available online at a non-profit I run, StateAndLocalEducation.org — part 1 here, part 2 here, and part 3 here.
According to Gallup, Alabama ranks #1 with 49% of its voters identified as conservative. Washington, DC, ranks last, with only 23% of its voters considered to be conservative.
Last year, we asked likely 2012 voters in Overland Park: “”Do you think city tax increases help the local economy, hurt the local economy, or have no impact on the economy?” The answers:
Impact of city tax increases on local economy, percent:
Help the local economy: 20.9%
Hurt the local economy: 58.5%
No impact: 14.7%
We also asked these questions:
Question:Now I’m going to ask you some questions about your city government in Overland Park. Like many governments, the Overland Park city government faces budget shortfalls. Going forward, how should Overland Park balance its budget? Should the city government increase taxes, or cut spending?
To balance budget, increase taxes or cut spending?
Cut spending: 66.8%
Increase taxes: 23.2%
Question:Asked a different way… by how much should city spending be decreased? Not at all? 1-5%? 6-10% Or 10% or more?
Spending cuts? By how much?
Not at all: 13.5%
1-5% in cuts: 39.4%
6-10% in cuts: 29.4%
10% or more in cuts: 11.2%
Question:Would making cuts to city services be acceptable to you? Or unacceptable to you?
Cuts to city services?
Question: In general, have city councilmen done a good job of representing Overland Park voters? Or have city councilmen lost touch with voters throughout the city?
Paul A. Ibbetson is a former Chief of Police of Cherryvale, Kansas, and member of the Montgomery County Drug Task Force. Paul received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at Wichita State University, and is currently completing his PhD. in sociology at Kansas State University. Paul is the author of the books Living Under The Patriot Act: Educating A Society and Feeding Lions: Sharing The Conservative Philosophy In A Politically Hostile World. Paul is also the radio host of the Kansas Broadcasting Association’s 2008,2009 and 2010 Entertainment Program of the Year, Conscience of Kansas airing on KSDB Manhattan 91.9 f.m.
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