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Unemployment aid up, taxes down in budget deal. But can it win GOP support?

BY: - May 20, 2021

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.

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The GOP agenda: Reward the wealthy and defund the police

BY: - May 19, 2021

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

BY: - May 18, 2021

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.

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Business groups said improving education was key, but they’ve chosen tax cuts over our kids

BY: - March 24, 2021

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

BY: - March 22, 2021

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’

BY: - March 17, 2021

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?

BY: - March 15, 2021

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.

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The pandemic has hurt Arizona’s families. Will Republicans finally make them a priority?

BY: - February 24, 2021

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.

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Deficit or surplus, Republicans will always have an excuse to stiff students

BY: - January 27, 2021

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.

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Editor’s Thought Bubble: Voters raised taxes, so Ducey must undermine them

BY: - January 19, 2021

Voters in November approved a marginal income tax increase on the wealthiest Arizonans to fund public schools that have been in desperate need of more resources for decades. So, it should come as no surprise that Gov. Ducey and GOP legislators — who all opposed the Invest in Education Act, known as Proposition 208 — […]

Ducey calls for $600 million in permanent income tax cuts

BY: - January 15, 2021

More than six years after he was first elected governor on a platform of getting Arizona’s income tax rates “as close to zero as possible,” Gov. Doug Ducey is looking to follow through on one of the core promises of his 2014 campaign.

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#InvestinEd is on the ballot, and the ‘Sky is falling!’ predictions are here

BY: - August 26, 2020

It seems the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is suffering from a full-blown case of Chicken Little syndrome.