Kudos to the principled Republican legislators who kept the Chuck Coughlin tax increase ballot referral out of the budget! It was referred yesterday to Governor Brewer WITHOUT her tax increase in it, despite the efforts of infrastructure lobbyist Chuck Coughlin and the State Republican Party. We are going to find out exactly who gets the credit and will let you know. We know the principled legislators included Gould, Pearce, Gorman, and Harper, but we’re sure there were plenty more. Now, we’ll wait to see if Brewer signs it, adhering to GOP principles, or if she refuses to sign it, shutting down government and ruining her chances in the 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary because she’s beholden to Coughlin and his infrastructure clients.
UPDATE: Legislative Reports says that the final defeat of the sales tax referral (SCR1046) is credited to the Senate Rules committee yesterday voting it down. The taxpayer heroes who voted no were Gray, Gorman and Verschoor. Democrats Garcia and McCune also voted no. Only Senate Majority leader Bob Burns voted in favor of it. Shame on him.