Robert Graham Releases Video Thanking Arizona’s Conservative Grassroots for Defeating Proposition 204 and 121

“Despite [. . .] disadvantages, we organized quickly, worked hard, and proved that when you have a clear message and you stand up for your principles, you can’t lose.” 

PHOENIX – Today, Robert Graham, candidate for Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, released a video thanking Arizona’s Conservative grassroots for their efforts in defeating Proposition 204 and 121.

The video highlights the tireless efforts of canvassers, callers, and volunteers in spreading the message that Proposition 204 and 121 were wrong for Arizona. To watch the video, click on the link here, or watch the embedded video below.

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To learn more about Robert Graham and his plan for Arizona’s Republican Party, please visit his website at www.GrahamForArizona.com or his Facebook page.

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ACT NOW to stop the Prop 204 Tax Hike

AFP Arizona

URGENT Action Items Below

Dear Arizona Taxpayer,

AFP-Arizona Needs YOU to help us defeat Proposition 204!

While current polling shows that Arizona voters are prepared to reject the Prop 204 tax hike on Tuesday, we must keep the heat turned up in the last days before the election.

The facts on Proposition 204 are simple:  It makes the temporary sales tax increase PERMANENT, which would cost Arizona taxpayers an additional $1 billion per year and potentially cost the state 15,000 jobs.  Arizona families are already hurting in a bad economy, and this is worst time to raise taxes and harm economic growth. Prop 204 also provides an already bloated education bureaucracy – Arizona’s total education spending has increased over 60% in the last decade, even as a smaller percentage of funds has gone to the classroom – with even more money, while failing to provide real reform to Arizona’s education system.

PLEASE TAKE ACTION!

AFP-Arizona is asking you to do the following:[1]

• Take whatever NO on 204 yard signs you may have to your nearest polling location on Monday night (Nov 5).

• Take any extra NO on 204 yard signs you may have to key polling locations (use the email below to ask Bill where your closest key locations are).

• Hand out anti-204 literature at your nearest polling place on Tuesday (use the email below to ask Bill for a printable version of AFP-AZ’s anti-204 talking points).

•  Per Arizona law, no materials (yard signs, literature, etc.) may be distributed or placed within 75 feet of polling locations.

Please contact Bill Fathauer AS SOON AS POSSIBLE at 480-332-0477 orbfathauer@afphq.org to volunteer for these actions.  (If you contact Bill today, or over the weekend, you will help us reduce our workload on Monday and Tuesday.)  Even if you can only volunteer for an hour or two, your help will be vital in stopping a massive tax hike that will damage the Arizona economy.

Thank you and keep up the good fight!

For Liberty, Tom

Tom Jenney
Arizona Director
Americans for Prosperity
tjenney@afphq.org
(602) 478-0146



[1]AFP-Arizona is independently asking its activists to take these actions to oppose Proposition 204. AFP-Arizona is not a sponsor of the No on 204 campaign, nor is it acting in coordination with the No New Taxes, No on 204 ballot committee.

No New Taxes, No on 204 Releases “5 Reasons”

No on 204

PHOENIX — No New Taxes, No on 204 today released its newest television advertisement titled, “5 Reasons.” Business and community leaders across the state all agree that the $1 billion permanent sales tax burden that Prop 204 will place on hardworking families and small business owners is bad public policy. Although there are 100 things wrong with the initiative, the top five reasons are highlighted in this 30 second spot.

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Script For “5 Reasons:”

VIDEO TEXT: 5 REASONS TO VOTE NO ON PROP 204

VIDEO TEXT: 1 – LARGEST PERMANENT TAX INCREASE IN ARIZONA HISTORY
1 BILLION DOLLARS EVERY YEAR

ANNOUNCER: “5 reasons to vote no on Prop 204. 204 is the largest permanent tax increase in Arizona’s history.”

VIDEO TEXT: 2 – SECOND HIGHEST SALES TAXES IN AMERICA

ANNOUNCER: “Arizona would have the second highest sales taxes in America.”

VIDEO TEXT: 3 – NO EDUCATION REFORM

ANNOUNCER: “Groups all across Arizona say 204 has no education reform.”

VIDEO TEXT: 4 – WRITTEN BY SPECIAL INTERESTS IN SECRET

ANNOUNCER: “204 was written by special interests in secret.”

VIDEO TEXT: 5 – ARIZONA REPUBLIC STRONGLY OPPOSES

ANNOUNCER: “And The Republic opposes 204 saying it:

“…is bad public policy…burdening the poor far more than the well-to-do…”

VIDEO TEXT: VOTE NO ON PROP 204

VoteNOon204.com

ANNOUNCER: “Vote No on 204.”

To learn more about Proposition 204, please visit www.VoteNoOn204.com.

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Five Reasons to Vote NO on Proposition 204

The No New Taxes, No on 204 campaign committee released the following new ad this morning. The ad takes 30 seconds to describe five reasons why Arizona voters should vote NO on the proposition.

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Arizona Proposition 204: No tax rate should be permanent

By Graydon Holt

One of the most outlandish aspects of the Proposition 204 power grab is the permanent increase in the state sales tax rate. It is a poison pill that should sink the initiative on Election Day.

No tax rate should be permanent. Elected officials should always have the authority to set tax rates to meet changing economic conditions and the will of the taxpayers.

The one-cent increase would give Arizona the second highest sales tax in the nation, a sure fire way to gouge family budgets and hurt every business in the state. The regressive sales tax hits low and medium income the hardest. It makes everything consumers buy more expensive.

The Proposition 204 sales tax increase is a shameless exploitation of the genuine financial crisis in 2010 during the darkest days of the recession when state tax revenue went way down. Both taxpayers and lawmakers rallied to increase the sales tax rate by one cent to fund education and other essential services.

Everyone understood that the sales tax increase was temporary. It is set to expire next year. Proposition 204 supporters want to exploit the 2010 crisis, make the tax hike permanent, and take tax policy out of the hands of state lawmakers.

No wonder every business group in the state opposes Proposition 204. Every taxpayer should oppose it too. It is bad tax policy that should be rejected on November 6.

Follow Graydon Holt’s columns at Western Free Press.

Proposition 204 is More Trick than Treat

No on 204

Dear Friends,

Over a year ago, proponents of Prop 204 thought that their special interest funded ballot initiative would pass without protest. Now, as the campaign heads into its final week, Prop 204, the $1 Billion dollar permanent tax increase, is more unpopular than ever.

Proponents of Prop 204 thought their taxpayer giveaway would go unchallenged, but because of you, polls are showing that Arizonans are not interested in an initiative that does not promise real reform, accountability, or oversight. The message that Prop 204 is bad for Arizona families and business is spreading throughout the state.

We are grateful for the momentum that has been created by community activists, elected officials, and business leaders who have publicly opposed and continue to fight this horribly misguided ballot initiative.

The coalition to defeat Prop 204 grows by the day. The list is made even more impressive by your continuous support and effort. Even the Arizona Republic agrees:
“While the intention may be laudable, the likely unintended consequences of Prop. 204, the largest permanent tax increase in state history, are deeply worrisome.”
Please join US Senator Jon Kyl, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, and over 45-mayors and city councilmembers from across the state by voting NO on Prop 204 on November 6.

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We need your help! Please, take your No on Prop 204 yard sign and place it at your polling location the night before the election or the morning of the election.

Lastly, let your family, neighbors, and coworkers know about how Prop 204 actually does very little for education, but fills the pockets of politically connected special interests.

We need to finish strong; we need to defeat Prop 204 and send the message that we want real education reform. Thank you for your continued support!

Thank you,

DonateDoug Ducey
Doug Ducey
Chairman – No New Taxes, No on Prop 204

Statement from City of Mesa Mayor Scott Smith on Arizona Proposition 204

Scott Smith

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith

Education has always been a major part of my life. My father, Dr. George N. Smith, was a highly respected teacher and school superintendent here in Arizona for over 35 years. As the superintendent of one of the largest school districts, my father lived education – at the dinner table, at church, even at the grocery store. During his tenure, Mesa’s schools were considered to be among the finest in the nation.

I grew up knowing that quality education was the key to success. That’s why, even as a struggling family, my wife and I made sacrifices so that I could go to law school. That’s also why education has been a key part of my HEAT (Healthcare, Education, Aerospace, Tourism/Technology) initiative in Mesa.

So far, we have had a great deal of success with this initiative. We’ve increased opportunities in higher education by bringing five new colleges to our downtown. We’ve built stronger relationships with ASU Polytechnic, MCC, AT Still and others. We’ve teamed up with Mesa Public Schools to develop a plan to turn underused space into youth sports facilities with the passage of Mesa’s Question 1. I am also pleased to be part of the Mayor’s Roundtable on Education.

I wholeheartedly believe that educating our children is the most important investment we can make in Arizona, and we should expect nothing short of excellence in our educational system. I have seen firsthand how critical quality education is to creating economic opportunities. I have long supported efforts to provide adequate funding for our schools and colleges, expand parental choice, encourage innovation, improve teacher training, and demand accountability.

During this recession, many Arizonans have expressed their displeasure with the manner in which State leaders have handled educational funding priorities. Prop 204 is a product built from this frustration. Unfortunately, it is a flawed product; and, is bad public policy.

Prop 204 imposes a permanent fix for what is most likely a short-term problem. All too often, these inflexible changes become outdated as the world changes. Rather than curing the actual ailment, these solutions end up merely easing the pain for a short time. They then often prohibit substantive reforms that would have a more lasting impact. Prop 204 may even reward the status quo, which will also inhibit real changes in school financing or performance. This will not inspire the kind of transformational reforms that our children need and deserve.

In its attempt to solve one problem, Prop 204 will also simply shift financial challenges from one area of government to another. And, the changes in Prop 204 will make it more difficult, if not impossible to achieve much needed overall state tax reform.

Arizonans should demand real solutions from our leaders to the challenges we face. Prop 204 not only fails to solve these challenges, it will keep us from making the changes we need to improve our educational system. Please join me in voting No on Prop 204. Let’s then work together to make Arizona’s schools the best in America!

Don’t make us like California! Vote NO on 204!

Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey Explains Why Arizonans Should Vote NO on Prop 204

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Watch as Arizona State Treasurer details why Arizona voters should vote NO on Proposition 204 – the $1 BILLION permanent sales tax increase that funds special interest and more big government.

Prop 204 a giveaway to the construction industry

By Graydon Holt

You have to hand it to the construction industry companies in Arizona that builds roads and public transit. They found a clever way to grab millions in taxpayer money every year without answering to the state legislators elected to spend public funds.

Vote No on 204

Vote NO on 204!

Proposition 204 is their route to riches. The Proposition would raise at least $1 billion a year by installing a one-cent permanent increase in the state sales tax rate. About $100 million a year would go to the construction industry. The proposition supporters claim that funds for education are somehow linked to jobs, meaning construction jobs.

This is a stretch beyond recognition. Voters all over Arizona must be scratching their heads and asking what in the world roads and light rail have to do with improving student performance in the classroom.The answer, of course, is nothing. Proposition 204 supporters say only that their tax and spend scheme will help the state economy. Well-built and maintained roads and transit certainly help Arizona’s economy. But they should not be linked to education spending.

The construction industry got this sweetheart deal by pledging to help pay for the Proposition 204 campaign. A $100 million a year subsidy paid by taxpayers is a good deal in exchange for a campaign contribution. Voters should cancel the deal and vote no on Proposition 204.

Read other posts by Graydon Holt at Western Free Press

Prop 204 is a grab bag of earmarks and pork projects

By Graydon Holt

It is time to tell the truth and label Proposition 204 the greatest earmark-spending scheme in the history of the state.

We all know that earmarks are end runs around the taxpayers.

Earmark professionals populate legislatures from coast to coast and have long made a comfortable home in the United States Congress. They stash money for their pals and pet projects in huge pieces of legislation knowing that hardly anyone will notice.

After years of abuse, the earmark pros were so fully exposed and embarrassed in Washington; they beat a retreat and pulled back. The full light of day ended the process, at least for now.

Proposition 204 is a shameless use of the earmark technique.

It takes about $1 billion a year in sales tax money and spreads it around to the education bureaucracy and special interests that have nothing to do with education. High on the list is the road construction industry that helped pay for the Proposition 204 campaign.

To lock it down, the proposition says the legislature would have no say in how the education money is spent. So much for the citizens who pay the sales tax. Their elected representatives would be shut out.

This is an earmark to beat all earmarks. Voters won’t fall for it. They will vote no on Proposition 204 on Election Day.

Read other posts by Graydon Holt at Western Free Press

Prop 204 campaign hiding behind the children

By Graydon Holt

The most offensive thing about Proposition 204 is the cynical ploy to hide behind young children to feather the nest of special interests. Never underestimate the gall of people who want to get their hands on the taxpayers’ money.

The know-it-alls who came up with Proposition 204 are pulling the oldest trick in the book. Trick the voters. Spin a myth that cruel legislators are shortchanging schools, devise a scheme to grab a cool $1 billion a year that the state legislature can’t touch, spread the money around to your friends in the education bureaucracy, and then pretend that all the money will help students and teachers.

Truth be told, the Proposition 204 proponents are control freaks. They don’t like the idea that elected representatives in the legislature spend our sales tax money. Talk about standing our democratic system on its head. What they really don’t like are the legislators the people select.

They should run their own candidates if they don’t like the ones currently in office. That’s how the system works. Get in the game.

Most of all, stop running ads filled with students and scenes of schools. You are using the children. You really want to control the money and decide who gets it – your cronies and pet projects.

Voters are too smart to fall for this scheme. They will reject Proposition 204 on November 6.

Read other posts by Graydon Holt at Western Free Press

What YOU can do to stop the Prop 204 tax hike!

AFP Arizona

New poll shows the Prop 204 tax hike is losing!

AFP-Arizona activists can help defeat it!

Dear Arizona Taxpayer,

With barely two weeks left until Election Day, we must keep running until we cross the finish line.

Using Arizona’s children as a shield for their special-interest boondoggles, proponents of Proposition 204 want to take a billion dollars a year from Arizona families – at a time when many families are still struggling and breadwinners are out of work.

Prop 204 boosters have told voters that the tax is necessary to aid an underfunded education system, even though overall education spending in Arizona has increased over 60 percent during the past decade.

According to a new report by the Goldwater Institute, per-pupil spending in Arizona has increased by 9 percent in real terms over the past decade — even after recent budget cuts!  And the Arizona education system now puts a smaller proportion of available funds into the classroom than it did before the massive Prop 301 education tax was passed in 2000.

The good news is that the spending lobby’s tactics may be failing.  recent poll suggests that a majority of Arizonans now understands that a massive tax increase is not the right move for our state’s fragile economy. Throwing more money at the education bureaucracy isn’t the right path forward for our education system.  Our children and our classroom teachers need real reform.

What can YOU do to make sure that Prop 204 is defeated?

Here are some of the many ways you can get involved:

·        You can host a NO on Prop 204 speaker at your civic group.

·        You can drop off literature at the homes of voters in your precinct.

·        You can place a NO on Prop 204 yard sign on your front lawn

·       You can distribute NO on Prop 204 signs to your neighbors.

·        You can do what I did, and use glass paint to write “NO on Prop 204! Tax hikes will not fix our schools!” on the back window of your car…

AFP-Arizona hopes you will continue to stand with us in the fight to defeat Proposition 204! To get more involved in this effort, please contact Bill Fathauer at 480-332-0477 or bfathauer@afphq.org and learn more at www.votenoon204.com.

For Liberty, Tom

Tom Jenney
Arizona Director
Americans for Prosperity
www.aztaxpayers.org

Congressman Ben Quayle Opposes Proposition 204

Warns Taxpayers of the Negative Impact a Permanent Sales Tax Increase Will Have on Arizona’s Economic Development

PHOENIX —Today, Arizona Congressman Ben Quayle joined State Treasurer Doug Ducey in opposition to Proposition 204. The unintended consequences of Prop 204 has the list of community and business leaders rallying against the largest permanent sales tax increase in Arizona’s history growing by the day.

“This tax increase will not only hurt all hard working Arizonans, it will also make Arizona a less attractive place to do business,” said Congressman Quayle. “We have the ability to stop a permanent sales tax increase that will force current and future generations to pay a $1 billion annual tax. Voting ‘NO’ on Proposition 204 will stop this special interest tax increase that has no accountability and offers no real reform for our education system.”

Congressman Quayle has spent his tenure in Washington fighting for smart tax policies that reward, rather than punish, Americans. Prop 204’s permanent tax increase on Arizona families sends the message that not only that Arizona is closed for business, but also that the state does not care about the families that continue to struggle during this economic recovery.

“Congressman Quayle has fought tirelessly against policies that burden families,” said Doug Ducey, Chairman of the No New Taxes, No on 204 committee. “Raising sales taxes 18 percent on every purchase will not help families, not attract new business to our state, and not help promote existing business growth throughout Arizona.”

To learn more about Proposition 204, please visit www.VoteNoOn204.com.

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Proposition 204 Could Cost Arizona’s Private Sector 15,000 New Jobs

By Stephen Slivinski, Goldwater Institute

The supporters of making the temporary 1-cent sales tax increase permanent – which is what the passage of Proposition 204 would do – claim that what they are proposing isn’t a tax hike, it’s simply an extension of an existing tax.

The permanency of Proposition 204 would only be so innocuous if you assumed that nobody changed their behavior on the expectation that the tax would go down. But businesses have to make decisions today based on assumptions about the future. If they believed that the sales tax rate would go down in 2013, as current law states, we can assume they would have made long-term business plans and hiring decisions based on that.

Economic models make predictions about future growth based on these sorts of assumptions, too. Ample empirical evidence already supports the conclusion that rising tax burdens can shrink employment growth. As such, an unexpected tax increase – which is the best way to describe Proposition 204’s halting of an expected tax cut – should be expected to dampen job growth.

The State Tax Analysis Modeling Program developed for the Goldwater Institute by economists at the Beacon Hill Institute based at Suffolk University in Massachusetts, integrates just those sorts of assumptions. The model is based on historical data on how tax burdens have changed economic patterns in Arizona. When you take into account the unexpected $1 billion tax load that would exist as a result of Proposition 204, you discover that overall private employment growth could be lower by at least 15,000 jobs each year than it otherwise would be as a result of the higher and newly-permanent sales tax rate.

There will be job growth as a result of Prop 204, but likely only at the construction firms that receive government contracts as a result of the tax hike and the education bureaucracy. The state would be better off with 15,000 jobs created across all parts of the economy than more jobs created that are dependent on the growth of government.

Stephen Slivinski is a senior economist with the Goldwater Institute.

Learn More:

Goldwater Institute: Proposition 204 – Not as Advertised

Goldwater Institute: The Construction Industry Actually is “Doing Just Fine”

Goldwater Institute: Arizona’s Secret Growth Industry

Robert Robb: Prop. 204 tax initiative a well-intended wreck

Arizona Republic columnist Robert Robb provides this assessment on Arizona ballot measure Proposition 204:

The debate about the sales-tax increase, Proposition 204, is taking place primarily at the high policy level.

Proponents say that education needs more money and that the Legislature can’t be counted on to provide it. Opponents say Prop. 204 just pours more money into the system without accountability reforms to ensure better outcomes and leaves Arizona with the second-highest sales tax in the country.

It’s difficult to get voters to peer into the weeds on these complicated ballot propositions. But with Prop. 204, it’s important that they at least take a peek. That’s because, technically, Prop. 204 is a wreck.

And part of its technical incompetence gets to the heart of its promise to provide new funding for education.

Prop. 204 provides funding to pay for inflation increases in existing K-12 funding. But the proposition is unclear as to whether that’s just the current year’s inflation or cumulative from the effective date of the proposition.

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Gilbert Mayor John Lewis Supports Local Override; Opposes Prop 204

No on 204

PHOENIX — Today Gilbert Mayor John Lewis joined a growing number of local leaders from across the state opposing the permanent $1 billion annual tax increase created by Prop 204.

“As Mayor of Gilbert and an advocate for Gilbert Education, I am voting ‘YES’ on our local override, which supports our families and businesses,” said Mayor Lewis. “The override continues the same funding level that our School District has been operating for ten years without an increase. However, Proposition 204 permanently raises taxes and is structured poorly, which does not help our families and businesses. I am voting ‘NO’ on 204.”

The Arizona Republic, The Arizona League of Cities and Towns, 11 Chambers of Commerce, 14 professional business associations, and 44 Mayors and local City Councilmembers have all come out in opposition to Prop 204. To see a complete list, click here.

“I greatly appreciate the leadership Mayor Lewis has brought to the East Valley,” added Doug Ducey, the Chairman for No New Taxes, No on 204. “Prop 204 includes hundreds of millions of dollars in special interest earmarks and cuts out tax revenue sharing with local municipalities. Arizona deserves real education reforms that Prop 204 just won’t deliver.”

To learn more about Proposition 204, please visit www.VoteNoOn204.com.

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