Illinoisans: Cut Budget, No Tax Hike
Byline: John Patterson Senior State Government Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
SPRINGFIELD A new poll of Illinois voters finds support for balancing the state budget through cuts rather than tax increases, so long as the things voters support arent on the chopping block.
And that favorites list includes school funding, police and prisons, state parks, help for the needy and a litany of other big-ticket programs that make up the overwhelming majority of state spending.
The head of the Southern Illinois University think tank that commissioned the statewide poll said the findings show people are uninformed about state finances and unable to grasp the depths of budget problems.
"The public really has no idea what the scale and the scope of this crisis is," said Mike Lawrence, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.
There was no consensus among those polled for what or where to cut, though many cited state officials salaries. …