“People are most concerned about K-12 funding, but personal tax cuts follow in their order of preference,” Godby told the Star-Tribune.
The survey results showed that there were fewer concerns about cuts in government budgets or cuts in funding for cities and towns. Respondents weren’t as concerned about withdrawing money from Wyoming’s savings account to weather tough economic conditions, either, the survey found.
“(The budget cuts) will affect everyone in the state,” Godby said. “What is the unique Wyoming solution for this? Because there is more than one way to skin a cat and more than one way to balance a budget. “
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The survey used marketing and product development techniques to present a range of options or alternatives for solving the budget crisis. Participants then had to weigh their preferred steps, but couldn’t just choose everything.
The survey did not ask for a single concern, as is often the case with typical surveys. Instead, the survey allowed the participants to determine how important the budget decisions were in relation to one another.
“To get something, you have to give something up,” said Peterson. “In this environment you will see more realistic answers.”
After answering a series of questions, respondents’ preferences could be determined through statistical analysis.