TODAY: Call and email our legislators. Tell them to return to session to address the COVID-19 crisis. Two specific things they can do:
- Allocate money from the Rainy Day Fund. So far, they have only appropriated $50 million(with an M) for COVID relief. The State Government has $1 billion (with a B) in its “Rainy Day Fund.” COVID-19 has given us a tsunami. The legislature needs to reconvene and allocate some of that money for emergency housing, food assistance, and medical supplies. True, revenues will likely be down next year because of the recession that’s following the pandemic; nonetheless, there is more than enough to help Arizonans now.
- Extend the delinquency date on property taxes from May 1 to June 1. The Federal government announced yesterday that relief checks will not be mailed until May 15 (direct deposits will come sooner).