Senate Republican: We Have A No Tax Hike Solution


Senate Republicans take on challenge to resolve budget without tax increase

(STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX) – Senate leadership is calling upon members to tap creative and innovative resources to work in concert with the traditional work of the Appropriations Committee to balance the FY 2010 budget without a tax increase.

“As members of the Appropriations Committee are going line by line through JLBC spreadsheets, looking to reduce expenditures and define efficiencies, we are calling upon other members to help us identify new ways to balance this budget,” said Senate President Bob Burns, R-Peoria.

Throughout the session in standing committees, caucus meetings and member briefings, Senate leadership has gathered input from a variety of sources on a multitude of topics to solve the budget crisis.

“Right now we’ve got the equivalent of a yellow pad of ideas that we have to winnow down to viable budget solutions,” said Senate Majority Whip Pamela Gorman, R-Anthem. “We also need to do what we can to make it easy for the public who have suggestions, especially ones backed by expertise and experience, to get those to us.”

“We are working hard to solve the problem and I am optimistic we can close this gap without increasing taxes,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Gray, R-Mesa. “Even President Obama is not suggesting a tax increase during a recession.”

In response to cries of Democrats being shut out of the budget process, President Burns said at a press briefing, “That is not true.” He went on to say his door continues to be open to all members who want to talk to him about new ideas to resolve the budget deficit.

“I meet with Sen. Garcia every week,” Burns said. “If Democrats feel they are being cut out of the process, they need to talk to their minority leader.”


  1. So what’s the solution???

  2. Your headline does not match the article. You proclaim they have a solution while the article makes it clear they are $500 million short of a solution.

    Maybe everyone should spend less time preening for the “no new taxes” cameras and running for Congress, and a little more time producing a balanced budget?

  3. Chuck Gray says that “even President Obama is not suggesting a tax increase during a recession.” What? According to the Heritage Foundation, Obama is proposing $1.4 trillion in new taxes (see below). Hey Chuck, never let the facts get in the way of a good quote! You are majority leader?

    Heritage Foundation Senior Policy Analyst Brian Riedl details how President Barack Obama’s budget raises taxes on Americans by $1.4 trillion:

    In his recent address to Congress, President Obama promised that “if your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime.” Yet even before the budget was released, he signed into law a 62-cent tobacco tax increase that does not exempt lower-income smokers. His budget proposes a $646 billion cap-and-trade tax that energy companies would immediately pass on to all consumers, including those earning less than $250,000. Consequently, President Obama’s budget would raise everyone’s taxes.

    While there is never a good time to raise taxes, President Obama’s proposal to raise taxes during a recession is especially problematic. Even if the tax increases are not implemented until 2011, many businesses planning long-term investment and hir­ing will likely begin scaling back their plans in anticipation of the coming tax hikes. Nor is an eco­nomic expansion by 2011 guaranteed.

  4. For heaven’s sake grow up. Time and again I read the comments section on SA and here conservatives rant and rave about higher taxes from Obama and the rest of the tax loving dems. Now we are on the verge of a tax hike in AZ pushed by a GOP governor and the Senate Republicans are trying to avoid that or in other words standing up for the core principles in their own party. And what do they get for that? Criticism from Republicans. They should be commended, not subject to petty snipes from anonymous posters – though I suspect there are more than a few Democrat trolls posting here. If you believe the comments on this site during Election season, you guys wanted a conservative legislature. Well now you have one and surprise they are actually trying to hold the line against higher taxes.

  5. I hope they can balance it without new taxes, no doubt about it. But I see too many folks trying to just get face time on the issue of no new taxes without first doing the math to see if its possible. If they spend two months saying “no” only to find out that they don’t have another way, they’ll look like fools. So let’s see the balanced numbers that Ron Gould, Pamela Gorman, Kirk Adams and the rest of them have. Then we’ll have a credible alternative to anyone else’s plan.

  6. Simple solution. If you are registered to vote as a Democrat, you will pay an $500.

  7. I like it!

  8. Nah, we should just tax bumper stickers. You are allowed one bumper sticker. For each one after that it is $3 every time you have your emissions checked for registration. I would also impose an extra $10 fee for that inane “COEXIST” bumper sticker.

    This way we could balance the budget on the back of those who think that extra taxes are patriotic. Everybody wins!


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