Budget Battle

The global economic crisis has hit New York City hard, especially on the city’s bottom line. But what should be done about it? When asked to choose, more registered voters — 48% — say they would prefer Mayor Bloomberg raise taxes in order to balance the city’s budget rather than cut government programs and services. 41% support the latter option. However, when it comes to increasing the city’s sales tax, a majority of New York City voters — 53% — opposes Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal while just 44% approve of the measure. What about the mayor’s idea to once again require a sales tax on clothing? Nearly six in ten voters — 57% — disapprove compared with 40% who support the mayor’s plan.

Balance Budget Table
Raise Sales Tax Table
Clothing Sales Tax Table

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