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Old 07-15-2008, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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Folks,
Choose one thing you wish you could change about your state. Maybe it's something about the culture or the landscape etc.

Well I'm from South Central Wisconsin and I wish I could change our high taxes! We are ranked 6th in place for cost per person on taxes. Some where along those guidelines. I would also like to change everyones perception about our so called "flat state."

Wisconsin is not flat! I don't know where people get the idea that our state is only cows and factories and flat land. There is such a huge misconception about our state and the rest of the Great Lakes States.

Those are two things. Try to stick with one but if you want add something else.

Please post your state as well.
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:08 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I'm from CA and there are A LOT of things I'd like to change about this state so it's hard choosing one.

Probably the one thing I'd change is get rid of Proposition 13, a law that was passed back in the 1970's that capped property taxes at a ridiculously low rate below inflation and requires any tax increase to pass with a 2/3's majority vote. It's probably the worst public policy in the history of CA and has contributed to so many problems in CA including bad public schools, poorly maintained infrastructure, heavy reliance on income taxes for revenue, BAD land use planning/development, and HIGH HOME PRICES just to name a few things.

That would be the thing I'd want to change the most, but if I could add a second one I wish Southern CA got double the amount of annual rainfall it receives and would make winter and spring warmer along the coast, as well as the water warmer.
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Old 07-16-2008, 01:16 AM
 
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I'd try to make the entire state (including Indy and NWI) more conservative. Probably add some more ethnic food as well.
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Old 07-16-2008, 01:27 AM
 
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WI:
-Taxes (taxes here as freaking ridiculous, as Josh said).
-Poverty rates (far too much poverty).
-The "beer and cheese" culture (I appreciate Miller and Colby as much as the next person, but it's presence in everyday culture can come off a bit too strong).
-The fact that everyone makes fun of the accent.

NV:
-Lack of public transportation.
-Somewhat overcrowded schools.
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Old 07-16-2008, 01:58 AM
 
Location: still in exile......
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FL:
- Geography(I wish we would switch places with Michigan)
- Overcrowded Schools
-Aggressive/Suicidal Driving
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:58 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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I'd like to have cheaper and more options for public universities in Illinois. We have the University of Illinois which isn't exactly cheap and from there it drops off in quality.

I'd also like to lower the taxes in the counties around here. What is it 10.25% now!? It would be fine if the money was spent productively.

I'd like more trees.
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:53 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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This is easy. I live in Texas. I'd like to change the prevailing culture. I'd get rid of the rednecks, fundamentalists, and suburban NIMBYs; football's unofficial status as the state sport; and the widespread disdain for education and the arts coupled with aspiration to mediocrity, which leads to a an ignorant, uninformed populace and a bunch of short-sighted idiots in positions of power.

Sorry, guess that was more than one.
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:55 AM
 
Location: The REAL WORLD.
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Pennsylvania: More jobs with better pay.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:09 AM
 
Location: NJ
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NJ - more efficient use of our tax dollars. We're highest in property taxes, and about 10th in overall tax burden.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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CA - Reliance on automobiles, it's association with the United States, and water shortage issues

PA - The flat landscape, the 'big city' culture, and the industrial areas.
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