Tax Scam – New Evidence

We’ve written before how the benefits of Trump’s 2017 tax cut flowed mostly to the rich. Now we have some new numbers and one startling example. “In the 2017 fiscal year, FedEx owed more than $1.5 billion in taxes. The next year, it owed nothing. What changed was the Trump administration’s tax cut…” NYTimes A New […]

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Wealth Tax?

Adapted from The Arizona Legislative Alert UUJAZ / VUU, July 18, 2019. What is a Wealth Tax? A wealth tax is simply a tax on your accumulated assets – the net value of your house (appraised value minus what you owe), the net value of other property including a farm or business, the net value of your […]

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2019 Legislative Wrap up — the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

We believe that your advocacy through Request to Speak and with phone calls, emails, letters, and in person meetings with legislators made a difference in the 2019 session — mostly in stopping some very bad bills. Let’s keep it up next year! POSITIVE RESULTS: Delivered on the promise of a second installment of 20×2020, which […]

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Plenty of things could still use state money

Our state legislature has been discussing next fiscal year’s budget. There is a surplus this time, and legislators and the governor are debating how to spend it. Governor Ducey, it seems, would like to spend the surplus on increasing the state’s “rainy-day fund,” to be used in an emergency, such as another financial crisis. Some […]

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Legislature About to Make the 2006 Mistake Again?

From David Lujan of the Arizona Center for Economic Progress. While Arizona’s public schools are once again being asked to wait for the funding just to get back to 2008 levels, some lawmakers are using the need to conform to the federal tax changes as an excuse to push forward $386 million dollars in permanent tax […]

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Conservative now just stands for indifference and greed

This week our Republican state legislature votes on a bill that strips from us our right to create and offer a referendum. Not long ago they stripped from cities our right to decide about plastic bags. Even before that, they stripped from us the right to direct public funds used for public education, but reserved […]

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Fee or Tax? Either Shows Failure

The vehicle registration fee enacted last April by Governor Ducey and the Republican Legislature is showing up on registration renewal notices and causing an internal firefight among Republicans.  The underlying problem for all Arizona Republicans is their failure to recognize that governing costs money and someone has got to pay for it. In this case, […]

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O’Halleran is a fiscally responsible representative

House Republicans proposed an additional $646 billion in tax cuts this week — a number that could grow to roughly $2 trillion over a decade. Having come under criticism for favoring corporations over individuals in the December 2017 Tax Scam, House Republicans are now pushing a bill to make the individual tax cuts permanent. But […]

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House Republicans Are Gaslighting Their Constituents

House Republicans proposed an additional $646 billion in tax cuts this week — a number that could grow to roughly $2 trillion over a decade. Background: The tax cuts for individuals under the original Republican tax law pushed through in December 2017 are mostly set to expire by 2025. Only the law’s tax changes for corporations were permanent […]

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What Is the “Invest in Education” Ballot Initiative?

It’s a gamble on a tight deadline. An advocacy group has filed an initiative with the Secretary of State called the “Invest in Education Act” that would go on the ballot in November if 150,642 signatures are raised between now and July 5.  That’s a lot of signatures! The Dark Money ballot intiative has been […]

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