Globe Republican David Cook votes against flat-tax proposal, scuttling GOP budget
House Republicans’ effort to force through a budget fell short again as GOP Rep. David Cook continued his opposition over a massive income tax cut package.
House to return for budget vote, but GOP support remains in question
The Arizona House of Representatives will take another shot at passing a budget on Monday, including a massive income tax cut, but it still doesn’t appear to have enough support to pass.
Unable to win GOP support for a budget, lawmakers pause work for 2 weeks
The Senate on Thursday abandoned plans to vote on a budget and instead adjourned until June 10 amid a stalemate over a proposed budget deal and the massive income tax cut it includes.
Unemployment aid up, taxes down in budget deal. But can it win GOP support?
Unemployment benefits will go up while tax rates will go down, especially for the wealthiest Arizonans, under the budget deal forged by Gov. Doug Ducey and legislative Republican leaders.
The GOP agenda: Reward the wealthy and defund the police
Remember when Republicans were up in arms over the “defund the police” movement?
Budget deal will include huge tax cuts for the wealthy and a new flat income tax
A budget deal reportedly struck by Gov. Doug Ducey and legislative Republican leaders would transform Arizona’s income tax system and provide massive cuts to the wealthy -- and also undercut a measure voters approved in 2020 that taxed the rich to increase school funding by nearly $1 billion every year.
Business groups said improving education was key, but they’ve chosen tax cuts over our kids
These same business groups that want quality schools also want more tax cuts. And tax cuts always win out over investments, regardless of how dire the need.
Ducey says COVID relief bill won’t halt tax cuts
A provision of the recent federal COVID-19 relief package that bars states from using the money to lower taxes won’t shelve a major income tax cut that Gov. Doug Ducey and GOP lawmakers are planning, the governor said on Monday.
GOP AGs slam tax cut ban in stimulus law as ‘unprecedented and unconstitutional’
WASHINGTON — Republican attorneys general from 21 states are attacking the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief law as an “unprecedented and unconstitutional infringement” on state sovereignty because it restricts tax cuts by states.
Will the latest COVID aid package prohibit Ducey’s tax cuts?
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s massive pandemic stimulus law pumps a welcome infusion of federal aid into state and local government coffers — but one brief section is raising questions about whether states are barred from cutting their own taxes if they accept the federal help.
The pandemic has hurt Arizona’s families. Will Republicans finally make them a priority?
One would assume our legislators would be laser focused on pandemic-related issues. But sadly, they’re not. Instead, lawmakers seem intent on finding solutions to problems that do not exist.
Deficit or surplus, Republicans will always have an excuse to stiff students
Arizona’s claim to fame during the Great Recession was leading the nation in funding cuts to public education. Back then, our Republican leaders claimed this embarrassing distinction was not their fault: The state was broke, so lawmakers had no choice but to implement an austerity budget and slash billions from education.