February 2010 Polls

Now that Governor Chris Gregoire signed the paperwork to suspend a voter approved initiative to keep taxes in check, it's a safe bet taxes will be going up. With that in mind I'm thinking...

During difficult times, elected officials have to make difficult decisions. Tax hikes are necessary to get constituents the services they want. (13.17% - 103 votes)

During difficult times, elected officials have to make difficult decisions. Rather than raise our taxes our representatives should be cutting their expenses to meet the revenues they're getting now. We can't afford any more taxes. (77.88% - 609 votes)

What odds do you figure Vegas would give on taxes someday going .... down? (8.95% - 70 votes)

Total Votes: 782

Voting open Thu, Feb 25, 2010 9:47 a.m. - Mon, Mar 1, 2010 10:42 a.m.

U.S. states face a total shortfall of at least $1 trillion to fund employees' pensions and retirement benefits, according to the Pew Center. This could mean higher taxes or less money for public services. With this in mind we should:

Bite the bullet and increase taxes so these funds for public employees are in good shape. (21.56% - 113 votes)

Who gets pensions in the private sector? Most can't continue to support the public sector this way. (65.84% - 345 votes)

With that money let's build the I-5 bridge, throw in light rail and still have enough money to buy everyone a good hot dog! (12.60% - 66 votes)

Total Votes: 524

Voting open Mon, Feb 22, 2010 11:18 a.m. - Thu, Feb 25, 2010 9:45 a.m.

Our county commissioners now make $98,000 a year after getting a $2,000 raise in January. They did stop claiming 55-cent-per-mile reimbursements for local travel but they were getting that on top of a $400 monthly auto expense. I'm thinking...

These guys work hard do a good job and are good people. They deserve every penny they get. And why shouldn't someone get mileage reimbursement and a monthly auto expense? (4.60% - 39 votes)

OK, maybe the mileage reimbursement and the auto expense was a bit too much. But they deserve the $2,000 raise and the $98,000 salary. (9.67% - 82 votes)

When I hear this stuff I'm thinking either money is easy to come by or I've suddenly landed in the twilight zone. (85.73% - 727 votes)

Total Votes: 848

Voting open Thu, Feb 18, 2010 10:39 a.m. - Mon, Feb 22, 2010 11:18 a.m.

Gallup just released a poll ranking the overall well-being of state residents. Washington ranked high -- number 15. Our Oregon friends could only manage a 26 ranking. Hawaii was ranked first and West Virginia was ranked last. All this means:

Despite the rough go everyone is dealing with, all things considered I'm glad I'm in Washington. (54.93% - 156 votes)

Our Oregon friends only have to move a few miles north to improve their well being. (22.18% - 63 votes)

I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who lived in West Virginia. (22.89% - 65 votes)

Total Votes: 284

Voting open Tue, Feb 16, 2010 8:19 a.m. - Thu, Feb 18, 2010 10:39 a.m.

Preliminary vote returns showed all eight Clark County replacement school levy measures passing. This means:

Residents feel the economy is better so they voted in favor of it. (3.72% - 25 votes)

Residents feel the economy is not better but our children are worth it. (84.82% - 570 votes)

We always can afford to give a little more to school districts. They all work hard. (11.46% - 77 votes)

Total Votes: 672

Voting open Wed, Feb 10, 2010 9:09 a.m. - Tue, Feb 16, 2010 8:29 a.m.

It cost taxpayers $34,000 for law enforcement officials in Clark County to attend memorial services for four slain Lakewood police officers. With that in mind we believe:

It was worth it. We need to honor those who put their lives on the line each day. Sending 50 local officers -- some of whom worked the memorial service -- was appropriate. (32.79% - 263 votes)

As local governments begin layoffs and cutbacks to make ends meet, $34,000 in taxpayer money seems -- at best -- excessive. Couldn't we have sent fewer officers? (57.98% - 465 votes)

Just not sure on this one. I could go either way. (9.23% - 74 votes)

Total Votes: 802

Voting open Mon, Feb 8, 2010 11:18 a.m. - Wed, Feb 10, 2010 9:09 a.m.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported that businesses labor costs fell 4.4 percent during the fourth-quarter of 2009. This means:

Businesses are right to to tighten their belts to try and cope with the weak economy. (10.73% - 22 votes)

Governments should mirror businesses in this regard, reducing its labor costs. (65.37% - 134 votes)

Just like that supposed moon landing thing, this entire economic downturn is a grand conspiracy concocted by big business, big labor and Jessica Simpson. (23.90% - 49 votes)

Total Votes: 205

Voting open Fri, Feb 5, 2010 3 p.m. - Mon, Feb 8, 2010 11:18 a.m.

Now we hear that big shot salaries at WSU have soared because of large raises. With that in mind taxpayers are saying:

We love everybody in education. There's always a good reason for large raises. And I've always got a little bit more to give for those in this field. (9.18% - 47 votes)

Is anybody looking out for those who have to keep paying? By the way; brother can you spare a dime? (77.15% - 395 votes)

I understand the Principality of Andorra is a pretty good place to live. (13.67% - 70 votes)

Total Votes: 512

Voting open Mon, Feb 1, 2010 10:34 a.m. - Fri, Feb 5, 2010 3 p.m.