Survey says: Questions for the Star Tribune 100 survey

  • Updated: April 23, 2011 - 10:36 PM

The mail survey, conducted by Star Tribune researchers in February and March, was sent to 120 publicly held, Minnesota-based companies. Fifty-four companies, or 45 percent, responded. Not all companies responded to all questions. Overall, the views appear to represent the different industries in the state but might underrepresent the views of larger companies.

1 . Please rate each of the following public policy issues according to how important it is to your business.

3 = Very important; 2 = Important; 1 = Somewhat important; 0 = Not at all important.

Economic recession 2.63

Federal tax rates 2.53

Hiring/retaining workers 2.48

Health care benefits 2.43

State tax rates 2.37

Wage rates 2.04

Education 1.98

Transportation 1.49

2. What are your company's plans for capital spending in the next 12 months?

Increase capital spending 51%

No significant changes 47%

Decrease capital spending 2%

3. What are your company's hiring plans for the next 12 months?

Increase headcount 64%

Keep staffing levels about the same 34%

Decrease headcount 2%

4. Does the cost of health care influence your decision to add employees?

Some influence 64%

Little or no influence 28%

Significant influence 8%

5. What's the single most important thing that federal and state government can do to help your company grow and add employees?

Lower taxes 52%

Other 29%

Increase access to capital 10%

Revisit health care 8%

6. Businesses face pressure on many economic and political fronts. Please rank how significant these pressures are on your business.

3 = Very important; 2 = Important; 1 = Somewhat important; 0 = Not at all important.

The U.S. economy 2.74

Increased regulatory enforcement 2.30

Health care 2.17

Energy costs 2.02

The Minnesota economy 1.95

Global competition 1.90

Housing slump 1.65

Privacy regulations 1.23

Terrorism 1.07

Climate change 1.00

7. In the coming year what is the sales outlook for your company?

Better than last year 81%

About the same as last year 14%

Worse than last year 5%

8. The credit crisis that began in 2008 spurred federal bailouts and spread uncertainty in global credit markets. Compared with a year ago (2010), does your business or industry have more or less access to capital?

About the same 72%

More access 21%

Less access 7%

9. Does the Health Care Reform Act of 2010 make your company more likely or less likely to offer employee health care insurance?

No difference 84%

Less likely 14%

More likely 2%

10. New types of health coverage, including high-deductible plans, have spread in recent years. Do you agree or disagree that these new plans are helping to reduce health care costs?

Agree 73%

Disagree 28%

11. How urgent is it for Congress to revisit the Health Care Reform Act of 2010?

Very urgent 48% Somewhat urgent 35%

Not at all urgent 18%

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