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Where should public sector budget dollars go in 2017?

Total government purchases in the U.S. could reach $3.36 trillion in 2017. That's 3 percent higher than 2016 levels, say forecasters at IHS Global Insight. As we head into 2017, which areas need more public sector budget dollars? Please choose your answer(s). We'll report poll results in the next Keating Report forecast on government budgets and spending

Infrastructure: Roads, bridges and transit systems
97% (33 votes)
Water and wastewater treatment systems to ensure a safe drinking water supply
82% (28 votes)
Green energy projects to reduce effects of global warming
79% (27 votes)
Feeding and sheltering the homeless
76% (26 votes)
Disaster-planning programs and training in disaster preparedness
76% (26 votes)
Pre-school child care and similar education programs
76% (26 votes)
Parks and recreation facility and program expansion
74% (25 votes)
Unemployment benefits for the unemployed and underemployed
71% (24 votes)
Increased pay and benefits for government employees
71% (24 votes)
Earned-income tax credits & other tax reduction programs for low-income workers
68% (23 votes)
Police video cameras and law enforcement video archiving systems
35% (12 votes)
Tax incentives to attract overseas businesses to set up plants in the U.S.
18% (6 votes)
Beefed-up security to guard against domestic terrorism
18% (6 votes)
Corporate tax cuts so we can grow the economy
12% (4 votes)
Total voters: 34

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