ELKHART: TAXPAYER PRIORITIES DIFFER FROM FEDERAL BUDGET

CPTNET
ELKHART: TAXPAYER PRIORITIES DIFFER FROM FEDERAL BUDGET
April 15, 1998

At the Elkhart Post Office today, as last-minute filers hurried to beat
the tax deadline, Elkhart County taxpayers were given a chance to express
their priorities for government use of their tax dollars. Poll
participants were given ten pennies, which they distributed among seven
jars labeled with various areas of possible government spending: the
Environment, Scientific Research, Housing & Health care, Military, The Arts,
International Aid & Development, and Education. The poll was conducted by
members of Christian Peacemaker Teams and Bethany Christian High School
Peace Society.

Poll results showed a significant inclination towards human needs and the
environment, and away from the military -- especially relative to actual
federal spending. Education led the poll, with 33% of the votes, followed
by Housing / Healthcare with 21%. The Environment received 16%, the
Military and Scientific Research both 10%, and the Arts and International
Aid & Development both received 5%. In contrast, the 1998 federal budget
allocates almost 50% of discretionary spending to past and present military
expenditures. CPT calls for federal budget priorities to be brought into
line with taxpayer priorities.