Sen. McConchie's Summer Survey
A large source of the budget impasse has been a push by Governor Rauner to reform Illinois government and help businesses grow jobs before asking residents to pay more in taxes. Democrat leaders have resisted reforms and pushed to simply raise taxes now to cover budget shortfalls. Which approach do you prefer?
Enact reforms to cut the cost of government and grow jobs before discussing tax hikes
Raise taxes first to cover budget shortfalls before discussing any reforms
Illinois has over $7 billion in unpaid bills. In an effort to pay them, some in Springfield suggest the state cut spending. How should the state prioritize spending cuts?
Cut across the board
Cut everything other than P-12 education
Cut everything other than social services
No cuts, increase taxes first
Some in Springfield have floated a number of tax-increases as a way to balance the state budget. Do you support any tax increases? If so, which ones? (Check all that apply.)
A return of the 5% across-the-board income tax
An income tax that varies from 3.5% to 9.5% depending on how much you make
A tax on retirement income
None of the above
Illinois has the highest median property tax rate of any state in the nation. What should be done?
Freeze property taxes statewide
Freeze property taxes until local voters approve an increase via referendum
Reduce property taxes by raising sales tax or income tax
Make no change at this time, address the state's other problems first
By law, state employees receive a pension upon retirement that is guaranteed by the state constitution. Recipients are given a 3% compounded annual cost of living adjustment every year. The state currently faces a $111 billion unfunded pension liability or $8,618 debt for every man, woman and child in the state. What do you think we should do to solve this crisis? (Check all that apply.)
Move all new employees into a 401k style system
Move the future earnings of ALL state employees into a 401k style system
Provide an option to leave the retirement system early and take a reduced payout
Change the state constitution and reduce the promised benefits
What is your view of gambling in Illinois?
We should expand gambling further
We have the right amount of gambling now
We should reduce gambling
In 2013, Illinois became the 50th state to legalize the concealed carry of firearms. The new law included a lengthy list of prohibited locations where firearms cannot be carried including in parks, libraries, hospitals, street festivals and on public transit. Do you think the locations where a law-abiding citizen with a permit can carry a concealed firearm should be expanded, limited further or left as is?
Left as is
Other concerns you would like to discuss with Senator McConchie:
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