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Rep. Day said new online legislative survey could save thousands of taxpayer’s dollars

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Dec. 30, 2008) – Rep. David Day (R-Dixon) has released his annual legislative survey in preparation for the start of the 95th Regular General Assembly on Jan. 7. However, this year there is a different twist to the survey; it is being conducted online at www.StateRepDay.com.

“In an effort to cut down on expenses to taxpayers and hopefully reach more constituents, I have made the decision to go online with this year’s survey,” Day said. “We all know there are an increasing number of people online. Every statistic in the world shows that and statistics also show they are folks of all ages. Hopefully it will be easier for people to take a survey online rather than sitting down with the paper version, filling it out, putting postage on it, and then taking it to the mail. This new system will cost taxpayers almost nothing at all.”

In the past, legislative surveys have been printed and mailed to households in the 148th District at the expense of taxpayers. Seldom are more than 15 percent of the surveys returned, meaning almost 85 percent of the printing and postage is wasted. When they are returned by mail, the taxpayer once again is charged by the cost of postage. Often many surveys were never delivered because of inaccurate mailing addresses or because people have moved out of the area.

“This survey will provide me the same type of information that I always find valuable as I work on issues in our state’s capitol and at the same time will save the taxpayers thousands of dollars,” Day said. “I will also be working with some of the local groups asking that they help spread the word about the survey, I want as many people’s opinions as possible.”

Those who want take the survey online may go to www.StateRepDay.com, where they will find a link to the survey on the homepage. There are safeguards in place that will help determine if the person taking the survey lives in the 148th District and it will only allow one survey per computer. A printed version of the survey can be requested by calling (573) 751-1446.

Surveys will be totaled in mid-February and results will be released. It is believed that Day’s online legislative survey is the first of its kind in the Missouri House of Representatives.

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