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Senator Carla Nelson

2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

2014 Constituent Survey Results Report April 9, 2014

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Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

SURVEY
SenatorCarlaNelsonreceivedresponseselectronicallyandbymailfromFebruaryApril,2014.397constituents respondedwiththeirlegislativeprioritiesforthesession.TheycommunicatedtheiropinionsonMNSure,transportation spendingandfundinginthedistrict,bullyinglegislation,taxrepeals,renovationstotheRochesterConventionCenter,high speedrailtransitfromtheTwinCitiestoRochester,teacherlicensingexams,legalizationofmedicalmarijuana, governmentownedbroadbandutilitycompanies,andtheSundaysalesofalcohol. RESULTS

MNSure Effects on Health Insurance and Health Care


ChartsPages78 ConstituentsselectedwhattheybelievedtobethemostlikelyresultsofMNSurerequirementsfromthebelowoptions. Thenumbersontherightrepresentconstituentswhochosethatoptionaloneorinagroup.Responseswere overwhelminglynegative,withnearly70%ofconstituentsanswerssayingtheprogramwouldlimitconsumerchoiceand/or increaseconsumercost.(Note:constituentscouldchoosemorethanoneoptionsothetotalnumberofresponsestothis questionwas715.)

LimitConsumerChoice(237or33.14%) IncreaseConsumerCost(260or36.36%) CoverMoreMinnesotans(147or20.56%) LowerCost(71or9.93%)

Transportation Spending Priorities


ChartPage9 383constituentschosetheirtopprioritiesfortransportationfundingallocationinthedistrict.Thenumbersontheright showthenumberofconstituentswhosupportspendingtransportationfundsonthatitem.Resultsshowclearfocuson roadsandbridgesfirst,followedbytransitandbicyclelanes. RoadsandBridges(326or85.11%) Transit(51or13.31%) BicycleLanes(6or1.56%)

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Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

Transportation Funding Priorities


ChartPage10 Onthisquestion,379constituentsselectedtheirtopchoicesforfundingtheabovetransportationinitiatives.Thelargest numberofresponsessupportedtheuseofcurrentfundingstreamsovertheotheroptions. UseCurrentFundingStreams(196or51.7%) GasTaxIncrease(67or17.67%) Bonding/PayOverLongTermforItemslikeRoadsandBridges(84or22.16%) TollRoads(17or4.48%) MileageTax(15or3.95%)

Bullying Legislation
ChartPage11 The374constituentswhovoicedtheiropinionsonthiscontroversialissueweremostlyinfavorofgrantingpolicydecision makingpowertothelocalschooldistrictsandasignificantnumberwerealsobehindthecurrentlegislation,whichemphasizes localcontrol. LocallyDeterminedPolicy(190or50.8%) StateDeterminedPolicy(74or19.78%) KeepCurrentPolicy(110or29.41%)

Tax Repeals
ChartsPages1213 Onthisissue,constituentscouldchooseasmanyofthetaxrepealsastheysupported,soSenatorNelsonreceiveda totalof1439responses.Themostpopularrepealswerethegiftordeathtaxrepealandtheincometaxrepeal,followedby thefarmmachinerytaxrepeal. IncomeTax(260or18.06%) RentalCarTax(120or8.34%) TelecomTax(178or12.37%) FarmMachineryTax(251or17.44%) StorageUnitTax(173or12.02%) WheelageTax(185or12.86%) GiftTax/DeathTax(272or18.90%) 117 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 T: (651) 296-4848 E: sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn 3

Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

Rochester Convention Center Renovations


ChartPage14 ThisdistrictspecificquestionaskedrespondentswhethertheywereinfavorofrenovationstotheRochesterConvention Centeroriftheywouldonlysupportimprovementsfundedthroughthelodgingtax.Ofthe379responses,themajority supportedrenovationsfundedbythelodgingtaxyetalargenumberofconstituentswereinfavorofrenovationsregardless ofthefundingsource. Yes(109or28.75%) No(84or22.16%) YesOnlyIfFundedThroughLodgingTax(186or49%)

High Speed Rail Transit


ChartPage15 386constituentsrespondedonthisissueinvolvingpublictransportationfromRochestertotheTwinCities.Likethe ConventionCenterrenovations,thisproposalwasfairlypopularwith155constituentsopenlysupportingitand137infavor ofastudytodeterminecostbenefits. Yes(155or40.15%) StudytoDetermineCostBenefit(137or35.49%) No(94or24.35%)

Teacher Licensing Exams


ChartPage16 ThisquestionaskedconstituentswhetherabasicskillstestshouldbenecessaryforMinnesotateacherlicensure.Ofall thesurveyquestions,thishadthelargestgapbetweenconstituentsinfavorofthemeasureandconstituentsagainstit, withover90%ofresponsesstatingthetestshouldbealicensurerequirement. Yes(343or92.45%) No(28or7.54%)

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Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

Legalization of Medical Marijuana


ChartPage17 ThisissueisparticularlyimportanttoSenatorNelsonsconstituentsasmanyofthemareemployedbytheMayoClinic. ofthe380peoplewhoansweredwhethermedicalmarijuanashouldbelegalized,nearly60%wereagainstitsusein hospitalsandclinics. Yes(158or41.57%) No(222or58.42%)

Government-Owned Broadband Utility Companies


ChartPage18 Themajorityofthe363constituentswhorespondedtothisissuewereagainstgovernmentownedbroadbandutility companies,thoughathirdofthemsupportedthemeasure.

Yes(121or33.33%) No(242or66.66%)

Sunday Sales of Alcohol


ChartPage19 Thisquestiondividedconstituentsfairlyclosely,thoughafewmoreresponsessupportedthelegalizationofSunday alcoholsalesthanwereopposedtothechange. Yes(172or44.79%) No(212or55.20%)

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Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

ATTACHMENTS

MNSureResponsesGraphs TransportationSpendingPrioritiesGraph TransportationFundingPrioritiesGraph BullyingLegislationGraph TaxRepealsGraph RochesterConventionCenterRenovationsGraph HighSpeedRailTransitGraph TeacherBasicSkillsGraph MedicalMarijuanaGraph BroadbandUtilityCompaniesGraph SundaySalesofAlcoholGraph

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Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

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Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

117 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 T: (651) 296-4848 E: sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn 8

Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

117 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 T: (651) 296-4848 E: sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn 9

Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

117 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 T: (651) 296-4848 E: sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn 10

Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

117 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 T: (651) 296-4848 E: sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn 11

Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

117 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 T: (651) 296-4848 E: sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn 12

Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

117 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 T: (651) 296-4848 E: sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn 13

Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

117 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 T: (651) 296-4848 E: sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn 14

Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

117 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 T: (651) 296-4848 E: sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn 15

Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

117 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 T: (651) 296-4848 E: sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn 16

Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

117 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 T: (651) 296-4848 E: sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn 17

Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

117 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 T: (651) 296-4848 E: sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn 18

Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

117 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 T: (651) 296-4848 E: sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn 19

Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

117 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 T: (651) 296-4848 E: sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn 20

Senator Carla Nelson


2014 Constituent Survey Results Report

117 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 T: (651) 296-4848 E: sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn 21