TEMPORARY -def : not permanent, lasting for a limited time . Arizona voters approved an additional 1% temporary sales tax to end in 2013. At that time, there was a state financial crisis caused by such factors as a lackluster economy, falling tax revenues, a weak-willed legislature and spendthrift governor. The crisis is over. An improving economy with a more fiscally responsible legislature & governor have even created a budget surplus or rainy-day fund. Continuing this tax is unnecessary & potentially damaging to the economy
1. A sales tax of any sort is regressive hurting those with lower, middle or fixed incomes.
2. High sales taxes stifle “big ticket” discretionary spending. Currently, Arizona has the 10 th highest state sales tax, and 11 th highest state/local sales tax average.
3. High sales taxes encourage out-of-state & internet purchases resulting in zero-tax revenue.
4. This measure earmarks half of the first half-billion collected to fund education ( without strings)?? Other funds are earmarked for roads, universities, and misc. construction. We have a voter elected legislature to determine spending priorities as they are needed. Saddling ourselves to a rigid pre-determined spending policy could have dire consequences in the future.
Finally, keep in mind that many in government, construction & education are licking their chops at the prospect of this multi-billion dollar windfall. Let’s keep some control of the state’s purse strings in our hands, as well as more money in our pockets. VOTE NO ON THIS IRRESPONSIBLE TAX INCREASE.
Tom Vana, Tucson