Thanks largely to an increase in individual income tax receipts, state tax collections topped $1 billion in April, leaving the state flush with cash.
The Legislature had adopted a measure directing excess taxes into the state's rainy day fund, but the governor vetoed that saving measure.
The governor's budget adviser suggests the money is needed for the "state's basic and most critical needs." Like such "critical needs" as classes for state employees in "self-massage, tai chi," and "surviving the supermarket"? Please.
The budget has increased nearly 35 percent since Napolitano took office. There is clearly money to spare, money that should rightly be returned to the people who earned it.
-Wellness Classes for State Employees
-Arizona FY2006 Budget
-Goldwater Institute study: The Time is Now: A Taxpayer Bill of Rights for Arizona
-Wall Street Journal: "America's Next Tax Revolt" (subscription)