Poll: Texas Residents Oppose Raising Taxes, But Also Oppose Budget Cuts

Texas – A poll released Sunday says Texas residents don't want to pay more in taxes -- but they do want lawmakers to avoid big cuts to state services.

Residents' desire to have it all when the state is facing a massive budget deficit doesn't bode well for elected officials, who will have to make some tough choices to address the state's financial problems when the legislative session begins Tuesday. The only area where the poll found people were comfortable with cuts was higher education.

The poll commissioned by The Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Austin American-Statesman questioned 819 adults. It was done between Dec. 28 and Jan. 5 by Blum and Weprin Associates Inc. and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

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