AZ Taxpayers Luncheon

The Arizona Federation of Taxpayers and Americans for Prosperity are holding their annual awards luncheon on Saturday, December 15th at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.

Last year’s event had almost 250 attendees, included a hilarious, if not irreverent, awards ceremony and a great keynote speaker.  This year’s trophy for the worst legislation is rumored to to be quite a shocker.

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PHOENIX–The Arizona Federation of Taxpayers, a state chapter of Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFT-AFPF), announced today that former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson will be the keynote speaker at the group’s annual “Friend of the Taxpayer” Awards Luncheon, which will take place Saturday, December 15, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.

In his eight years as governor, Johnson cut state taxes on income, gasoline, and capital gains. He also vetoed 750 pieces of legislation, thereby restraining the rate of budget growth in New Mexico. Further, Johnson’s fiscal restraint allowed Gov. Bill Richardson in 2003 to enact $36 billion in income and capital gains tax cuts. “Gary Johnson’s achievements are a shining example of how pro-growth, fiscally conservative policies lead to greater prosperity,” said AFT-AFP chairman Chad Kirkpatrick.

AFT-AFPF executive director Tom Jenney contrasted Johnson’s fiscal performance with that of Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. From 1994 to 2002, Johnson held the line against a big-spending Legislature, and prevented the New Mexico state government from taking a larger slice of the state’s economic pie, as measured by personal income. Under Gov. Napolitano, Arizona state government’s portion of the state economy has grown by 27 percent, threatening the state with huge budget deficits and making it more difficult to cut taxes. “Johnson’s record outshines that of Napolitano, who has not only failed to stop runaway government spending but is one of the worst offenders,” Jenney said. “Johnson can help remind Arizonans what a fiscally conservative governor looks like.”

AFT-AFPF predicts an excellent turnout for the luncheon, which will be timed with the release of this year’s “Friend of the Taxpayer” Legislative Scorecard. The group has also received a good deal of attention recently with the release of its new report card on local tax and budget policy. “The Local Government Scorecard has really stirred people up,” said Kirkpatrick. “They can see that someone is finally holding city and county politicians accountable for their taxing and spending habits.”

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