More evidence the tax increase would go to fund construction projects

In the comments, “Roger,” one of Coughlin’s fiercest defenders, keeps insisting that the tax increase is not going to fund transportation infrastructure and other construction projects, like the kind last year’s TIME initiative would have paid for. We have asserted, along with Veritas Vincit, that the billions being given to Arizona in federal stimulus funds will cover the schools, so the excuse that a tax increase is needed to pay for schools is not true.

We have now uncovered more evidence indicating that the tax increase would go to construction. It appears that the Arizona Contractor’s Association is having their folks send letters to state legislators asking them to support legislation that would help the construction industry. Hmmmm. If we remember correctly, the Arizona Contractor’s Association is one of the members of the coalition that paid for the deceptive tax increase poll commissioned by Coughlin’s High Ground/State GOP/Kenski. And what kind of legislation would support the construction industry? Only thing we can think of is a tax increase to provide construction projects like light rail, highway constructions, non-essential buildings for the City of Phoenix like stadiums, etc.

Dear State Legislator,

Support Arizona’s Construction Industry

Many construction Jobs Lost Since 2006. These job losses represent a real
tax loss for Arizona both in income tax and sales tax. Our business, as
well as many other businesses has been hard hit by the recession. New
jobs are at a standstill. It is difficult for a small business to survive
and contribute to the economy with the current economic condition

I realize Arizona has spent more than the incoming revenue. However,
spending in key industries like construction is what can assist in
rejuvinating Arizona’s health.

The construction industry is a primary indicator for job growth in
Arizona. When we are building, we’re building to create the flow of
commerce, via transportation, housing, manufacturing and office facilities
or establishing education environments for the next generation of workers.
We are building Arizona.

A healthy construction industry creates a healthy Arizona. Therefore, I
would like to ask for you’re carefully consideration during your budget
planning process to view to the construction industry as a significant
contributor to helping Arizona grow out of our current economic and budget

Please consider developing a long-term plan to address Arizona’s
infrastructure in ways to create construction jobs desperately needed.

I appreciate your service to the State of Arizona and your efforts to
create a financially strong economy. Thanks for considering these ideas.
Leaders within the Arizona Construction Industry like the Arizona
Contractors Association are ready to assist you in Building a Better


  1. Basil St. John says

    Can I ask, in all seriousness, if y’all think it’s a problem to spend public money on infrastructure? I mean, I get that spending on all-day K or welfare programs rubs some folks the wrong way. But is spending on roads, highways, etc. an inherently bad thing that government should not be doing?

  2. That’s where you’re wrong Chewie. Coughlin can defend himself.
    I am fierce defender of readers who read this blog and are constantly bombarded by your factually incorrect posts that discredit this site and provide the left with examples of how certain Conservatives are bumbling incoherent idiots who have nothing better to do than post conspiracy theories.

    Do us all a favor, come up with a solution to the problem instead trying to point blame or call attention to the Blackhawk helicopters you think are circling overhead.

  3. Reagan Coalition says

    The problem with that particular issue is there isn’t the public support for a tax increase that would go for infrastructure projects. We saw what happened with the Prop. 400 tax increase for light rail, and how it ballooned into much more spending than we were told. Taxpayers are fed up and not in the mood to support another tax increase that goes on endlessly.

  4. By the way, your latest evidence is both lame and falls way short of anything that could be called evidence.
    If an education association also participated in this group while sending letters to the legislature, does that mean the tax increase support is just for education?

    Again- lame.

  5. Reagan
    Didn’t Prop 400 pass? How is it more spending than you were told? It’s a set tax % for a set amount of time.

    One reason I’m not as adverse to the tax increase is that as I’ve read, it will be constitutionally set in stone to end on a date. If they want to extend it again they can explain why they think they need it. If our Rep. legislators are smart enough, they will craft a way to make sure it’s temporary. I want growth reform also to make sure no one can spend like drunken soldiers in the good times.

  6. Ok, if education is safe because of the stimulus, then what isn’t? What are Burns and Adams borrowing for? Why does Adams think the gap cannot be closed by cuts alone?

    Where are you guys going with this assertion? Do you really think in the toughest economic climate we have seen in a generation is the time that all of these people are lining up at the trough to pad their expense accounts?

    Give me a break! Face it, you don’t like taxes. That’s fine. Just say it and move on and share how you’d fix the problem. Conspiracy theories and calling out commenters only shows how you have no plan.

    I’m sure the tax increase will also pay for more black helicopters.

  7. One of our states biggest problems is that the construction industry owns our state reps. It is all about building more unnecessary roads and freeways. We need to build more homes and consume more land and cause more traffic and build more roads. Because this industry is the biggest here, it goes to show why our local economy is so bad compared to others.

    Our over inflated housing market has busted and now we want to continue with that same model??? Give me a break. Its time to reinvest in our cities, not the edge anymore. I do not mind maintaining what we have, but stop the widening of roads and reinvest in our cities where people are closer to work and can drive, use the bus or rail, walk or bike or car pool.

    Our legislature and our taxes need to stop giving money to the construction industry. There are reasons why our state is so poorly in education too is because its all about growth and sprawl. There is no stabilization and options and quality jobs.

    The stimulus money needs to be cut in half too. It is ridicules that it is going to the west and north valley where sprawl has caused the traffic problems there. We need to get a commuter rail that spans the valley and gets people to the major employment centers.

  8. Veritas Vincit says

    Roger says, “One reason I’m not as adverse to the tax increase is that” [I won’t have to own up to it when it fails]

  9. Own up to it? What does that even mean? If the majority of people don’t want to tax themselves then they get what the cuts will bring to them. Lets just mortgage our children’s future by borrowing.

    Funny how the same people that protested at Obama’s visit and stimulus plan are eerily quiet when our own party leaders suggest doing the same thing.

  10. Kenny Jacobs says

    Chewie, that’s not evidence, it’s conjecture. The Contractor’s Association sends a letter to legislators? OMG! You are quite the intrepid “reporter.”

    When/if the Brewer tax proposal goes to the voters it will the be language on the Ballot Question that will describe how those fund get used.

  11. Kenny, you should know better than to let facts cloud up a Chewie argument.

  12. Reagan Coalition says


    You discredit your argument when you attack Chewie. You purposly omitted mentioning that the Contractors Ass. is part of the coalition of groups that paid for the slanted tax increase poll. If that isn’t a correlation, I don’t know what is.

  13. So did the Republican Party. Where’s the correlation there?

  14. Reagan Coalition says

    That one’s easy. Colin Shipley, Coughlin’s former employee, was just hired by the State Republican Party as their Political Director. Coughlin’s no dummy.

  15. The cuurent Republican leaders in the legislature are in favor of borrowing instead of a temporary tax increase. This is what Janet would have done it is all smoke and mirrors and we would just be putting off more spending on our children. We need government to do some things like educate our children. I don’t want to pay any more taxes than I have to but borrowing instead of a small sales tax increase doesn’t strike me as very conservative or smart.

  16. If you are saying that Coughlin is doing this whole thing to help a former employee at his new job, I won’t even waste time calling that a stretch or responding to your comment.

    Where’s the outrage for mortgaging our future? That’s a backdoor TAX INCREASE!!! You all have your heads planted so deep you don’t know what’s going on!!

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