Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill pushed by the Center for Arizona Policy that would have created new property-tax exemptions for religious groups.Legislative budget analysts predicted the bill could have cost the state an additional $2.1 million starting in 2016.
A bill expanding tax exemptions for churches passed the Arizona Legislature yesterday, and could cost the state $2.1 million in lost revenue.The bill, House Bill 2281, is also the third bill pushed by the Center for Arizona Police that legislators have passed this session. Others include the notorio ... More >>
A bill that had Arizona librarians warning of drastic budget cuts has been amended in the libraries' favor.In its original form, House Bill 2379, proposed by Republican Representative Justin Olson, would put a cap on property-tax increases by "special districts" around the state, which includes coun ... More >>
Watching the debates among Congress-folks about how to solve the "Fiscal Cliff" problem, we can't help but think of Thelma and Louise. It's hard to believe these characters are going to figure out what to do. Cancel new taxes and play dice with the public's health? Make deep spending cuts nobody wa ... More >>
Online retailer Amazon will no longer be Arizona's duty-free store.Amazon noted in its latest FEC filing that it's going to start collecting Arizona sales tax on purchases in the state, which currently stands at 6.6 percent.
The libertarian Cato Institute has not been taking it easy on Arizona -- it has consistently said the state's immigration laws are no good for the economy, and now it's giving Governor Jan Brewer a "D" in fiscal policy.The idea behind the grade is simple: "governors who have cut taxes and spending t ... More >>
El Mirage city officials, cops and firefighters filled up their gas tanks at the city's only gas station for more than a year and a half without any qualms about the fuel prices.That's back when Joe David, the shop owner, was a political ally.But now that David started opposing a proposed propert ... More >>
Former Councilman Greg Stanton, who is facing Wes Gullett in the November election for Phoenix mayor, is calling out his opponent for pledging to voters that he would champion a tax increase to support the arts.Stanton calls himself a "strong and passionate" supporter of the arts, but says ... More >>
Rodney Glassman, the young, rich, Democrat running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Republican John McCain, loves the tax cuts put into place by former President George W. Bush. It's surprising to hear any Dem praising a move by Bush, who still gets the credit by President Obama for today' ... More >>
Rodney Glassman would make Bush-era tax cuts permanent, says his spokesman. Rodney Glassman, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, would make the Bush-era tax cuts permanent for the middle class, says his spokesman, Blake Morlock. The candidate's spokesman, Blake Morlock, called us after rea ... More >>
Paying taxes is your duty. Scarfing down free burgers is your right.That much antipated -- and much dreaded -- day has come again. No, not this year's American Idol finale. We're talking about April 15, aka Tax Day: the day that dictates whether you'll be enjoying a fancy dinner ... More >>
The Goldwater Institute released a new study today that argues property tax exemptions for large, metropolitan development projects are forcing cities to raise taxes on citizens to compensate for lost revenue.According to the report, the city of Phoenix has about $2 billion worth of property that ... More >>
We didn't exactly need a think tank to tell us how bad things have gotten here in Arizona, but what the heck -- if one wants to quantify our state's woe, who are we not immerse ourselves in the sad details?This week's bad news comes from this month's Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government' ... More >>
What a scammer! Timothy Keay Isaac, 47, pleaded guilty today in federal court to a slew of charges related to his illicit company, which brought into the country a Chinese Viagra-like drug without prescriptions. But this is the part that bugs us: In 2006, Isaac applied for disability benefits from ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer is keeping up the pressure on lawmakers today to send her a budget plan, calling a news conference this morning at 11 a.m. on the steps of the Arizona Supreme Court. Brewer told reporters yesterday she is asking the Supreme Court justices to force State Senate President Bob ... More >>
Hundreds of people are expected to show up on the State Capitol lawn on April 15 to protest taxation, including Republican Congressman John Shadegg (at left), say organizers of the "Tax Day Tea Party." The shin-dig, which takes place from 5:30-7 p.m., is being led by American f ... More >>
Why should we approve this bond election when Phoenix City Hall has lied to us big-time in the past?
Napolitano deftly played politics this legislative session to fend off all GOP foes
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Consumers clamor for big state bucks under alternative-fuel incentive program
County Supervisor Don Stapley made a killing on a shady development and sank the profits into a mansion. Then he told the tax assessor to value his estate at $863,000 -- while listing it for sale at $2.5 million.
Bank One Ballpark was touted as a powerful economic engine for downtown. Data show, however, that BOB has fueled sales mostly for BOB. The meager spillover doesn't bode well for the Arizona Cardinals' stadium aspirations.
Officials suppress documents that say how much developers would profit from a hockey arena and commercial complex that's seeking at least $350 million in public subsidies
The taxpayers would get soaked and the Arizona Cardinals would get fat at Rio Salado Crossing
Every 10 years, retirement communities sweat local school-funding increases and flare up in anti-tax fever. This year's infection is in the Dysart Unified School District.
Symington's tax cuts had little or nothing to do with Arizona's economic boom, which isn't as robust as it's made out to be
Some nonprofits get propertytax bills from Maricopa County
Governor Symington says his massive tax cuts have brought prosperity to Arizona. Actually, they are bringing on a fiscal train wreck that could damage the state for decades.
The Symington administration touts market-based reform as a cure for Arizona's educational ills. Behind that rhetoric, state policies are driving public schools toward financial collapse.
Government officials are crowing about the deal that brought Sumitomo's silicon-wafer factory to northeast Phoenix. But they haven't mentioned that the deal will cost taxpayers billions of dollars.
NOBODY WANTED TO HEAR HOW THE RUN-DOWN ART COLONY WAS VALUED AT $10.5 MILLION