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Three cheers for reason

Today Governor Brewer expressed a clear, logical, and totally appropriate expectation.  The legislature needs to send her a budget before she’ll deal with any additional bills beyond what is currently on her desk. The Governor recognizes that the budget is … Continue reading

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Reinventing the wheel…again

One of the biggest criticisms levied against government is redundancy.  HB 2123, recently signed by the governor, is the latest example. HB 2123 creates a Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) Reform Committee.  The general idea behind the bill is to establish … Continue reading

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Budgeting on a wing and a prayer

I’ve pondered and debated and chatted with peers all week about what to say regarding the legislative budget proposal released on Monday, February 20th. Among many of the proposal’s details, it does not address any of the educational funding increases … Continue reading

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Not so fast

The Tax Foundation recently put out a report highlighting Arizona’s heavy reliance on sales tax.  So heavy in fact, when state and local sales taxes were averaged, we came out second in the nation. Some may use this as a … Continue reading

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Making a tough job impossible

Legislators frequently express frustration that voter mandates tie their hands when working to govern Arizona and craft a budget that is responsive to the state’s needs. However, what is rarely mentioned is that one of the most restrictive, counter-productive constraints … Continue reading

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Rethinking voter-approved measures

HCR2005 is a legislative referendum that would ask voters to periodically reauthorize those ballot measures that have funding attached. It successfully passed out of the Judiciary Committee on Thursday. The measure would have all voter-approved initiatives and referendums going back … Continue reading

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What transparency?

Today’s Arizona Republic highlights one of the key challenges of large-scale budgeting – how much money will there really be next year? Disagreements about expected revenue are almost always legitimate. Projecting revenue is an art, not a science.  What I … Continue reading

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