|A young busker raising money for a trip to study in Japan took time to do our penny poll.|
She put all ten of her pennies in the jar for education, and so did her sister.
As part of our war tax resistance my husband and I tabled with other resisters in central Maine on a blustery spring Saturday. Set up next to the Waterville Opera House where a matinee of The Little Mermaid was being presented, our penny poll drew 51 responses from passersby on the main street of this former mill town now home to two small colleges.
Each participant had ten pennies to spend representing one year of federal discretionary spending, and ten possible categories to spend them on.
A wide range of ages including children, elders and millenials participated over the course of four hours. A man toting a giant bag of retunables found a bottle under one of the shrubs near our table after stopping to do the poll. He, like the violin students, put all ten of the pennies provided into the jar marked EDUCATION. His explanation: "If you take care of that area, it takes care of all the rest."
Here are the results of our April 8, 2017 penny poll of 51 people in Waterville, Maine:
ENV / ENERGY 18%
VETERANS 7 %
VETERANS 7 %
I compared our results yesterday with a similar poll we helped conduct in 2011 across every county in Maine. As reported in "Mainers Want Their Federal Income Taxes Spent on Education, Health Care" on the National Priorities Project website: