NFIB Poll: Arizona small business owners rejecting Proposition 100

[Ran across this press released today and now the Arizona Guardian is reporting that Sen. Thayer Vershoor has formed the “Axe The Tax – No on 100” committee to fight Jan Brewer’s signature policy priority… apparently the Arizona GOP Governor Primary has been advanced to Tuesday, May 18th.  MBW]

Seven in 10 entrepreneurs saying ‘No’ to 1¢ sales tax increase

PHOENIX, Ariz., Feb. 25, 2010 – Results from a special poll of Arizona small business owners released today by their leading representative association show 71 percent of them voting ‘No’ on Proposition 100, the May 18 ballot referendum seeking a three-year, 1¢ increase in the state sales tax.

“The response to this special survey of our members on Proposition 100 came back fast and emphatic,” said Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, Arizona’s and America’s leading small business association. “NFIB/Arizona is actively exploring how our organization and members can be most effective in the campaign to defeat Proposition 100. Small business owners’ opposition to increasing the sales tax is overwhelming and their voice will be heard during the statewide debate over raising our taxes.”

Unique among most associations, NFIB bases its legislative lobbying positions and political action solely on what its members tell it, through regular balloting, are the issues vital to their survival as small business owners. The special ballot on Proposition 100 was faxed and e-mailed February 17-19.

“In conversations I’ve had with many of our members, there seems to be an over-arching attitude that they spend their daily lives balancing revenues with expenditures so they expect state government to do the same,” said Quinlan. “Arizona is not an under-taxed state. We have the fifth-highest sales-tax burden in the nation. The average Arizonan annually pays $1,440.83 in sales taxes, which is 43 percent above the national average. Add to this income taxes and the new state property tax we all pay and Arizonans are indignant that the state must make do with what it has.”

Should Proposition 100, adding 1-cent to the state sales tax rate for 3 years, be passed into law?

Yes   24.8%
No  70.6%
Undecided  4.6%

NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at


  1. Would have had even more than 70% around here, but about four more small-ownership businesses closed their doors last day of January on (literally) Main Street.

    Commercial spaces available for leasing are a dime a dozen, and each month more empty square footage becomes available.

  2. Yah, right. says

    And why is the sales tax and tobacco tax so high? Could it be that property and income taxes are not high enough?

    Gotta balance the trade to make it easy.

  3. DO you actually pay any taxes at all?

  4. Jon Altmann, PC, State Committeeman LD11 says

    Where’s the NFIB been on the Phoenix Food Sales Tax? What’s the difference, based upon the points made in their release?

    I think Prop. 100 will fail before the voters, as will the Food Sales Tax, if the Libertarians get enough signatures by filing deadline this coming week.

    State government has made some cuts, but without sending back to the voters referrals to cut back the mandated spending propositions of the last decade, the tax won’t solve the problem.

    State government should go to 4/10 work week and close just about all state offices one day a week to save money. Executive positions need to be cut. There are still savings to be made.

    My vote is still out on Prop. 100 at this point, but unless the Legislature sends the other mandated spending props back to downscale them (as Gov. Brewer wants), then I’m not sure the sales tax makes sense. Closing the Juvenile Corrections Dept. does not make sense – the counties are not prepared to take these kids – these are the hard core, the meth addicted and others that have mulitiple times failed the county system and are but steps away from adult career criminals.

    I’d like to see more accountability on what steps the State is taking to keep non-Arizona residents off our welfare and AHCCCS roles. We can pass all the laws under the sun, but I have not heard any accounting of the laws we have passed to curb the inappropriate funding of people who are not qualified for the benefits.

    We need to find other solutions – both from the Legislature and State.

  5. Sonoran Alliance

  6. Thank you to the NFIB for standing up. It should be noted that the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, so far, has given $50,000 to the effort to RAISE taxes on working families. Why would any self-respecting conservative or so-called conservative Republican legislator ever consider them, their board members or their lobbyists “part of the team?” They obviously are not.

    This has been an insider deal from the start. I’m so sick of half-assed Republicans who enjoy the adoration of the little “conservative” fiefdoms like the Pachyderm coalition being “against the tax” when they didn’t fight it when it mattered. If Jan Brewer and Chuck Coughlin wanted this tax on the ballot, they should have collected signatures like anyone else. Not have “conservative” or “anti-tax” legislators say … “I’m against taxes, I’ve always been against taxes. And I think this will fail …” and MOVE IT ALONG IN THE PROCESS!!!!

    We elect Representatives and Senators to FIGHT this kind of thing. Not to “let the voters decide” after the teachers unions and public employees and social groups dump millions of dollars in … and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce dumps in $50,000 trying to stick it to working families (conservative and Republican ones).

    We elected a Republican House and Senate … and a “conservative” legislature. We didn’t invite you to pass liberal ideas on to the ballot. Let liberals collect signatures and spend money putting their dumb proposals on the ballot. We elected you to stop this stuff from ever getting this far. And now, way too many of you are leading the anti-tax parade when you should be the grand marshals of the “cover your ass” parade.

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