Elections

Doug Ducey Complains That Prop 204 Is Way Too Long at 15 Pages -- Single-Spaced



Don't like readin'? Then say hell no to Proposition 204, because that monster is 15 pages long. It practically makes War and Peace look like a pamphlet, and we might as well just vote on enacting the Lord of the Rings trilogy into law while we're at it.

At least former ice-cream man and current state Treasurer Doug Ducey reminded the public that he still exists by coming out of the woodwork to campaign against the sales-tax proposition, even though he appears to be appealing to the illiterate in his latest ad spot.

"Have you actually read Proposition 204?" Ducey asks in the ad above. "It may take a while, because Prop 204 is 15 pages long, single-spaced."

Single-spaced. This could quite possibly the first time since high school that voters are listening to someone complain about text being single-spaced.

As you can see in this 15-page behemoth, Proposition 204 amends current statutes, so it's not really the fault of the initiative's authors that the laws already exist.

Of course, this certainly wouldn't be the first proposed change to state law to span 15 pages. For example, Senate Bill 1070 -- minus the cover page -- is exactly 15 pages long. Several proponents of that law (example 1, example 2) recommended that people just read the bill -- it's "only 16 pages."

Somehow, the "15 pages" attack is only second-strangest argument against the Proposition 204, as the Center for Arizona Policy's abortion conspiracy theory probably takes the cake there. Just scream "taxes" -- it'll probably work.

A non-partisan analysis on Proposition 204, from the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, can be found here, even though you may not have all day to read the six pages included.


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Matthew Hendley
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