State asks taxpayers for more money, but hasn’t cut out government waste

by Le Templar
Goldwater Institute

Tax Day is here, and even after everyone has finished paying Uncle Sam, the people of Arizona will be asked to pay even more.

Early voting starts in one week for the proposed 18 percent increase in the state sales tax. Champions of this tax hike claim the state budget has been cut to the bone. But did policymakers really get rid of all of the fat before asking for another $400 per family each year?

The Goldwater Institute has been explaining since January 2009 that the state of Arizona should fix its spending priorities first, instead of demanding that taxpayers sacrifice even more. This video illustrates how the state budget still has plenty of places to cut:

Click here to watch video

Le Templar is Communications Director for the Goldwater Institute


Comments

  1. Goldwater wants to drown and kill off govt without looking into the costs. I dont like this increase one bit…it is the wrong tax to raise the right kind of revenue. But this budget is going to seriously harm our first responders, our teachers, our students, and just about every level of government that you can imagine. Things are so bad without this tax increase that the business community has backed it because they know this state will be less competitive without it.

    Honestly, if you don’t want this go ahead and vote it down, but it is incumbent on your to consider the costs and to pony up what you would actually cut. I have seen little, little from this legislature and governor other than cuts that the public does not want and gimmicks like selling off the capital building.

    Im holding my nose and voting for it.

  2. How many people actually ride the Phoenix Light Rail?
    Is it covering its costs? Is it runnning at projections? Did it need sculptures to decorate it? Did it really need art?

    Meanwhile, the state has created a major hazard by closing the rest stops along the LONG stretches of ISOLATION of our highways. Our private enterprise system still provides services thru businesses providing parking, fuel, water, rest rooms for travellers, so thank goodness for capitalism, which figures out a way to provide needed services to the public when the government brains just CAN’T figure it out.

  3. wanumba – I have pointed this out to you before, the light rails has nothing to do with the state budget and was approved by local residents.

  4. GOP Boomer Gal says

    The business community is not for it; the Chamber of Commerce does not represent a LOT of small business people I know who are dead set against it.

  5. todd Says:
    April 15th, 2010 at 6:10 pm
    wanumba – I have pointed this out to you before, the light rails has nothing to do with the state budget and was approved by local residents.
    ……………..

    WHere does the money come from to pay for light rail, to pay for rest stops, to pay for government employees …? Mars?

    It ALL comes out of the SAME source – taxpayer’s pockets. So ALL this government activity competes against other government activity, local, state, federal for the finite amount of money in citizens’ pockets.

    AS for local support for something that no one needed, in a spectacularly sprawled low density city, which is particularly UNSUITED for any feasible rail system economic viability, which requires high density population centers, (like Manhattan) I also recall several people commenting that “locals” weren’t all that convinced on ANY need for a light rail. But contractors were just giddy with the possibilities.

    I’ve seen the near empty cars zipping by. It’s a JOKE. A very EXPENSIVE joke that the local governance, frantically appealing to city, county, state and feds, will require BAILING out, way sooner than their happy happy sunny predictions.

  6. I could run for governor on “OPEN THE REST STOPS,” “CLOSE THE LIGHTRAIL” “RESTORE THE BORDER” and “AX THE TAX” and do very very very very well.

    Might consider it.

  7. Boomergal,

    That Chamber of Commerce and a host of other business folk (contractors associations) and our first responders (FOP, Firefighters, and others) have endorsed it. Sure, I am sure that you know some small businesses that don’t like it, but there are a host of others that are because it is really going to be a massive disaster if this does not pass.

    Wanumba, Todd’s point is a good one. The voters wanted that light rail built. And there is some waste in everything…certainly there is more waste in business and corporate America. But the larger issue is that even the light rail’s entire cost would not plug the hole in this massive budget problem. And the light rail does help with traffic and saves more tax dollars on yet more tax funded roads.

  8. Restoring the border has, does, and would cost a fortune. And that is not private market provided either. Maybe I think that is waste.

  9. The voters wanted that light rail built. And there is some waste in everything…certainly there is more waste in business and corporate America. But the larger issue is that even the light rail’s entire cost would not plug the hole in this massive budget problem. And the light rail does help with traffic and saves more tax dollars on yet more tax funded roads.

    Did the voters actually clamber for lgiht rail or was it “suggested” then “encouraged”?

    Phoenix is a terrible city for light rail. It cost a fortune and guaranteed it’s losing money as we type.

    As for funding a secure border with fencing, yup, it will cost a lot, but so does war and a secure border could well prevent a very nasty one since Mexico does not have AMerican interests at heart, not one little bit. Mexico has severe corruption problems, unrepresentative governance and a drug cartel PROBLEM.
    It is absolutely NOT in US interests to allow that spillover to continue to flood the USA.

    The HEalthcare legislation is goign to wrewck the US ecnomoy, but not a whisper of “how much ot will cost” and yet all of a sudden, the same voices are fiscal tightwads intoning that a border fence would be expensive!

    OH! ANd the sudden armchair military experts. A 50 foot fence would produce 51 foot ladders! Like how hard would it be to intercept 50 potential illegals trying to heave up a home-built siegeworks ladder?
    Fences and walls are so effective, they have never been obsolete.

    There IS a massive fence going up right now, steadily, effectively, growing by the mile. It’s on both sides of I-17 thru Phoenix to keep out .. sound.

    Priorities, priorities.

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