There’s something about Deja Vu and T.I.M.E.

Transportation & Infrastructure Moving

David Martin, was co-chairman of the TIME Initiative Campaign (Prop 203).   Then Gov. Janet Napolitano supported the tax increase, while then Secretary of State Jan Brewer said Proposition 203

failed to gather the required number of petition signatures to qualify for the ballot.   There was even a statewide poll among small business owners showing a mixed reaction to the new tax.

Now I recall, someone defending the current *temporary* tax increase suggested it was to be used for education.   Oddly enough, it also seems that there will be over $800,000,000.00 of federal stimulus monies coming into Arizona to address education issues.

Now, David Martin is President of the AZ Associated General Contractors, and according to the Clients page of Chuck Coughlin’s HighGround (, Mr. Martin’s trade group is a client.

Maybe its just me, or could this *temporary* tax increase be simply a trip down memory lane for Jan, Chuck and Dave?

Here’s some links to the past.  Consider who the Governor’s chief adviser is.  Consider someone is pushing pretty hard for a $500,000,000.00 tax increase that they promise is *temporary*.  Psst… look for the crossed fingers.

btw… nothing here is personal, just very curious.


  1. Newsflash says

    If you would have been following along at all, you would have seen that Coughlin walked away from the TIME initiative before they even started gathering signatures. He says so himself in his rebuttal to Chewie’s first misguided missive.

    Beyond that point, what, if anything is in it for them to push a tax increase? Its one thing to try for transportation, its a whole different thing to keep the state afloat.

    You guys are making connections you want to see so you don’t have to face the stark reality that is in front of us. Pick up the paper, Speaker Adams said it himself today, cuts aren’t going to be enough to fix this problem.

    So instead of questioning every Tom, Dick, or Harry who offers a suggestion, how about you come up with your own ideas?

  2. Don’t let facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory.
    Never mind the fact that Coughlin resigned from TIME before petitions started, if this was all about his clients, how do you reason with the fact that Brewer invalidated all of the signatures?
    Your arguments unravel more and more with each post.

  3. Veritas Vincit says

    Interesting, only an experienced spin meister could twist the post to “a good conspiracy theory” when I never suggested anything of the kind. Oh, and Roger? I never suggested an ‘argument’ just some interesting relationships.

    There’s a fine line between ‘walking away’ or, ‘the contract wasn’t enough’ and ‘not getting the contract’. Could have been one of those reasons. Isn’t Chuck a spin master, you know, public relations? How would you characterize it?

    Ok, so lets give him the point – he walked away – the players remain the same.

    The signatures were invalidated by staff, then brought to the SoS for action. Not much room for doing anything but invalidate the signatures.

    The *reality* as you like to point out, is that *curren* state spending is unsustainable. Ergo, if we are to continue our present spending, we need a tax increase. And that’s what you’re all about.

    Houses are not worth what they were two years ago, why is state government worth a tax increase to prop up spending that’s not sustainable?

    Who benefits from the tax increase? Special interests are pushing so hard, you have to wonder, who benefits.

    Come on you guys, you’ll have to do better than that.

  4. * Episode 6 Manchurian Candidate

  5. Veritas Vincit says

    “… cuts aren’t going to be enough to fix this problem”

    That was 04/2009
    And we are where as of 02/2010?

    And the Democrats have offered what?

    You never tax your way out of a recession … unless you wish to make it deeper.

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