COALITION FOR PEACE ACTION RELEASES
RESULTS OF “PENNY POLL” ON FEDERAL
BUDGET PRIORITIES

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Photos courtesy of John Lien.

The Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) today announced the results of its annual “Penny Poll” conducted in front of the Palmer Square Post Office from 12:00-1:30 PM on April 15, the deadline for filing federal income taxes. Below are the results of area residents would like to see their federal tax dollars spent.

As people came to the post office they were invited to express their opinion on how they would like their federal tax dollar to be spent.

Each of the 50 participants were given ten pennies and asked to distribute them between five tubes representing categories of federal spending: education, environment, health care, housing, and military. The results are below.

Category

Number of Pennies

Percent

Education

138

28

Health Care

127

26

Environment

102

21

Housing

47

9

Military

81

16

Participants were then handed a fact sheet showing that 57% of the “Discretionary Budget” for FY2014 was for military spending. Discretionary spending is what Congress can allocate for what it chooses each year, as distinct from entitlements. Discretionary Budget Funding for Education was just 6%, Health Care 5%; Environment 3%, and Housing 5%.

“This year’s results remain consistent with Penny Poll results from previous years. Taxpayers want more of their hard-earned tax dollars going to education, environment, and health care, and far less to military purposes. We encourage taxpayers to contact their US Representative and Senators to urge them to support more peaceful federal budget priorities,” said the Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of CFPA.

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Photos courtesy of John Lien.
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Photos courtesy of John Lien.

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