Maricopa County Republican Party Resolutions

Saturday, January 10th Maricopa County Republican Precinct Committeemen will meet and vote on leadership and resolutions. At the meeting, the MCRC Resolutions Committee will offer several resolutions for county precinct committeemen to vote on. These resolutions are legally non-binding and are meant to signal guiding principles and practices by all Republicans on specific issues. Here is the first in a series of these resolutions:

Resolution: In support of a Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR)

WHEREAS, undisciplined government spending and tax increases are a burden on taxpayers and harms economic performance; and

WHEREAS, spending by Arizona state government increased an average of twelve percent annually from fiscal year 2003-2004 through fiscal year 2007-2008 while the state economy grew at an average less than seven percent annually, a figure artificially inflated by the housing bubble; and

WHEREAS, Arizona state spending as a portion of state personal income rose from 5.38 percent in fiscal year 2002-2003 to 7.01 percent in fiscal year 2006-2007; and

WHEREAS, the most effective limitation measures have three common characteristics:

  1. They are part of the state constitution and cannot be manipulated by politicians,
  2. They limit government expenditures to grow at the inflation rate plus population growth,
  3. They provide that surplus revenues be used to set aside a rainy day fund up to a specific threshold and immediately refund any excess revenues to the taxpayers; and

WHEREAS, if Arizona government had been subject to TABOR since 2003, there would be no budget deficit crisis today;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the sense of the Maricopa County Republican Committee is that TABOR is a firm, fair discipline, that it would assure the public that the state is serious about protecting the economy from a high tax burden; that TABOR simply forces legislators to make honest, conscious decisions in allocating government resources, to look for efficiencies in government programs and services and to avoid raising taxes as a first resort.

(Passed as amended by a vote of 6 in favor and 1 opposed by the MCRC Resolutions Committee on December 12, 2008. David Braswell, Chairman)

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