Note to Readers: This post is a repost and being reposted without any knowledge or approval by Shane. This post was originally posted a few days ago but removed after Jerry’s campaign complained to their friends on 24th Street. Seems certain Party leadership doesn’t believe in free speech anymore. They seem to believe it is ok to attack Republicans on this or another blog run by a certain county party chair as long as the posts don’t attack their sacred cows.
Jerry Weiers, a candidate for Glendale’s mayor, tries to hold himself out as a conservative. But after reviewing his positions and legislative history, he is misleading the voters. In reality, Jerry is a friend of special interests and an enemy of Glendale’s taxpayers.
Jerry claims to support lower taxes but vehemently opposes Glendale’s initiative to reverse the recently passed sales tax increase. With this 0.7% tax increase, Glendale has the highest sales tax (10.2% on retail purchases; 11.2% on restaurants and bars) of any large city in the County. Glendale currently has the third highest sales tax rate of the 107 largest cities in the country and became #1 with this increase. Wouldn’t someone claiming to oppose tax increases be aghast and oppose this increase?
NOT Special Interest Jerry. This $23 million sales tax increase will go towards paying Glendale’s $30+ million dollar a year subsidy to a special interest, the Phoenix Coyotes. So Jerry thinks it’s OK for Glendale’s citizens to pay the highest sale tax in the county to subsidize professional hockey. True fiscally conservatives oppose the sales tax increase that is being used to subsidize a pro hockey team.
While supporting a tax increase affecting Glendale’s citizenry and small businesses, Jerry does support an exception of the sales tax increase applying to two millionaire new car dealers in Glendale, one of whom doesn’t even want the special tax break. Jerry thinks it is fine to give tax breaks to two millionaire new car dealers while raising taxes on groceries bought by Glendale taxpayers. That’s Special Interest Jerry for you!!
But these positions by Jerry should not come as a surprise to anyone who followed his legislative career. Overall, Jerry’s legislative career is unsurprisingly unaccomplished. Jerry’s biggest accomplishment in his eight years at the Capital is his constant and persistent shakedowns of lobbyists and others at the Capital for money for the special interests he supports. His constant shakedown of lobbyists became so blatant and offensive that another Republican state legislator introduced a bill last session to stop Jerry’s shakedowns.
Jerry claims to be a fiscal conservative – also a lie. Jerry was recently graded as “Needs Improvement” by Americans for Prosperity, a leading fiscally conservative taxpayer’s group.
The proclivity of this current city council to give millions of taxpayer money to special interests has taken Glendaleto the brink of bankruptcy. Does Glendale really want a new Mayor who will continue those policies that have made Glendalethe worst run city in Arizona? Does Glendale really need another mayor who cares more about special interests than Glendale’s taxpayers and citizens? Glendale needs a truly fiscally conservative mayor – and that’s not Jerry Weiers.