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.
Phoenix, AZ – State law allows the sale and serving of wine, beer and liquor daily from 6 a.m. to 2 the following morning. But there's one exception: Nothing can happen before 10 a.m. on Sundays. That caught first-term Rep. Matt Heinz by surprise.
(A couple of constituents were actually planning for an event they were having later in the day on Sunday and tried to purchase some beverages from Safeway, whatever. And they called me up and said, why can't we do this on Sundays but we can do this on Saturdays?)
Phoenix, AZ – The proposal is simple enough: Every time lawmakers impose a pay cut on state workers, their own salaries would be cut by an identical amount. Sen. Ken Cheuvront who crafted the measure said it's only fair.
(We should be following our lead that if we are asking our employees to cut their salaries, we should be doing the same things ourselves.)