Republican Governor Jan Brewer's plan to raise sales taxes in Arizona is a bad idea which promises to make a bad economic situation a whole lot worse. Tax increases are a death sentence for economic growth. In difficult times, the last thing government should do is take more money out of the pockets of hard-working, productive citizens.
States cannot spend money recklessly in good times and expect to keep up the same standard in bad times. Arizona is learning this lesson the hard way as it struggles to close a $3 billion deficit. In difficult economic times, American taxpayers are forced to cut back to make ends meet. They reassess priorities, forgo luxuries, and tighten their belts. Now is the time for Arizona's government to do the same thing. That is the best way for Arizona-and the country-to find its way back to prosperity. Raising taxes is not.
Pat Toomey is the president of the Club for Growth and a former Member of Congress from Pennsylvania.
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