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Thoughts on Tuesday’s Special Election

So Prop 100 passed—the Arizona sales tax on virtually every item we buy will be going up in a few short months—unofficial results released by the Secretary of State’s office put the margin at 64% in favor and 36% opposed.

I congratulate the opposition for a successful, if disingenuous, marketing campaign that falsely implied that both students and criminals would be running wild through the streets unless we ponied up some extra cash to keep them where they belong.

I’m disappointed but unsurprised by the results.  What does appall me is the disturbingly low voter turnout: Arizona has 3 million registered voters, of whom only 35.5% turned out.

Consider also that Arizona has a total population of nearly 6.6 million, about 4.2 million of whom are qualified electors, so 700k ‘yes’ votes cast means that something less than 17% of Arizona’s eligible voters came out in support of raising taxes. Continue reading Thoughts on Tuesday’s Special Election

To Tax or Not to Tax

That, in fact, is the question Arizona voters will be asked 18 May in a special election called at a cost of roughly $11mn.

Early voting has already begun on the proposed constitutional change to increase the state gross receipts tax rate (essentially a sales tax) from 5.6% to 6.6% for three years.

Arizona needs to do something to deal with its $6.3bn debt and projected deficit of $3-4bn (depending on who you ask) for 2010 . Governor Brewer and the Legislature have stated that there’s just nothing left to cut other than the “core government functions”—public safety and education.

But Proposition 100 is based on several false assumptions, and I urge you to oppose the tax increase. Continue reading To Tax or Not to Tax