Americans are a hard-working bunch and should keep what they earn. Our ideas for tax reform reduce the burden of taxes while ensuring governments have the resources to focus on core responsibilities.
The flat income tax proposal authored by state Representative Steve Court (HB 2636) to replace the current Arizona income tax altogether has started a much needed discussion about tax policy.
The proposal rests on an important insight: the need to have a broad base of taxation with a low, single tax rate that avoids distorting the economy by exempting some activities, but not others from taxation.
Under the state constitution, Arizona’s elected officials have the responsibility to protect individual rights and promote limited government. The Goldwater Institute presents 100 Ideas for 100 Days so policymakers at every level of government can enter 2011 with a bundle of suggestions to increase the state’s prosperity and expand freedom.
The annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card scores Arizona lawmakers on their support of principles of limited constitutional government. Each piece of legislation is assessed in four categories for whether it expands or contracts liberty.
Education bills that give parents more choice, make public schools more accountable, expand the teaching pool through relaxed certification requirements, and encourage local control are scored a +1.
Arizona ought to be a mecca for airplane owners. Locations are far-flung, the climate is ideal for aircraft storage and preservation, and there is no shortage of individuals who can afford to fly their own planes. In addition, Arizona has a healthy defense-related aerospace industry. Personal aviation should be an inevitable spinoff.
The Goldwater Institute's Darcy Olsen debated the proposed state sales tax increase on KTVK Channel 3's Politics Unplugged.
The Goldwater Institute's Byron Schlomach went on Horizon to discuss the possible state sales tax increase.
The Goldwater Institute's Byron Schlomach appeared on ABC 15 to dicuss Proposition 100--the state sales tax increase.
Voters will be asked to increase the state sales tax 18 percent. Goldwater Institute president Darcy Olsen joined Jim Sharpe on KTAR to explain why there could not be a worse time to hike the sales tax.
Goldwater Institute president Darcy Olsen appeared on Channel 3 to explain why it is a bad idea to raise the state sales tax by 18 percent, and how not doing so would force necessary budget cuts.