As state lawmakers juggle priorities and make the 2011 budget work, they need not guess where Kansans stand: A new SurveyUSA poll, sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, found that 86 percent of those polled were concerned about state budget cuts to education (including 63 percent who are "very" concerned). Asked whether they'd willingly pay higher taxes to fund schools, 47 percent said "no," but 55 percent said they'd support a 1 percent, three-year increase in the state sales tax to prevent further funding cuts to schools, Medicaid, prisons, road and social services — part of Gov. Mark Parkinson's preferred budget solution.
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