Phoenix, AZ – The measure crafted by House Speaker Kirk Adams includes a 28 percent cut in corporate income taxes, slicing individual income tax rates by 10 percent across the board and eliminating the state property tax. The report by the nonpartisan legislative budget staff estimates when the plan is fully implemented the net reduction in dollars is close to $942 million a year. But Adams said that figure is misleading because it doesn't consider the impact that lower taxes will have in creating new jobs.
Phoenix, AZ – Current law says a divorce decree can be granted in as few as 60 days after the other spouse is served with the legal papers. This legislation would extend that out to 180 days, along with some new requirements on what would have to be taught to couples with children. Deborah Sheasby, lobbyist for the Center for Arizona Policy, said the state has a legitimate interest in preserving marriage.
Phoenix, AZ – Some of that will come from Republicans like Carl Seel.
(Clearly, we don't need a tax increase. At this time in our economy, we're going to oppose to do, put a burden of over $900 million on the citizenry of this great state at a time when people are losing their jobs? I think not.)
Phoenix, AZ – Brewer has been pretty much the lone drum-beater for the plan to hike the state sales tax by a penny to help balance the budget for the next three years. The governor got her wish Thursday with the final vote to put the question on the ballot. But Brewer said if the referendum fails it's not a rejection of her.
Phoenix, AZ – The levy would raise more than $950 million this coming budget year and close to $1.1 billion in its third year. That idea drew fire from both sides of the political aisle. Democrat Daniel Patterson said the state does need more money. But he said higher sales taxes are the wrong way to go.