Survey: Majority in La. support sales tax increase for higher ed
Louisianans may be known for their hearty appetites, but when it comes to tax increases their stomachs have been historically weak. And yet, nearly 3 out of 4 Louisianans—72%—who recently participated in the LSU Public Policy Research Lab's Louisiana Survey say they would support a small sales tax increase if the funds were dedicated to higher education. As Daily Report first reported last week, the Louisiana Survey conducted in early February showed for the first time in the survey's six-year history that Louisianans are increasingly viewing education as the state's most pressing issue. Over the past year, the share of survey participants identifying education as the most important issue rose 9 points, from 20% to 29%. Over that same time frame, the share of Louisianans who said the economy was the most pressing issue fell from 25% to 23%. When asked a general question about state spending priorities, 74% of respondents said spending on higher education should increase. Additionally, 76% said they preferred increased spending on higher education, and they placed higher education second as a spending priority behind primary and secondary education. Also, Louisiana residents reject the idea of reducing the total amount of support qualified students receive through the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, commonly known as TOPS, by a 74% to 22% margin. But more than half—54%—support increasing academic requirements for TOPS. See the complete survey results. —Staff report
Today's poll question: Would you support a sales tax increase if the additional funds raised were dedicated to higher education?
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