NJ poll asks about how to raise revenue

    By: Phil Gregory

    A new poll finds New Jersey residents aren’t crazy about some of the ideas the gubernatorial candidates are proposing to increase state revenue and cut spending.

    By: Phil Gregory
    philgregorynews@gmail.com

    A new poll finds New Jersey residents aren’t crazy about some of the ideas the gubernatorial candidates are proposing to increase state revenue and cut spending.

    Listen:
    [audio: 091015pgquin.mp3]

    The Quinnipiac University survey show 61% of voters questioned do not want the state sales tax expanded to cover things like seashore rentals and legal fees. 61% also oppose increasing the gas tax to pay for road and bridge improvements.

    Poll director Maurice Carroll says there is voter support for merging local governments and school districts to reduce property taxes.

    Carroll: A lot people in New Jersey like the idea of government that’s close to home but overall voters like the idea 65-to-28 assuming that this would in some way cut taxes.

    51% of respondents support layoffs or furloughs of state workers to balance the budget and 69% say state government employees should pay more for health care.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.