Tax Reform

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.

<p>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. </p>

Mark Twain once quipped, No mans life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. That is often true, but as the lawmaking branch of government, the legislature also has a great capacity to protect life, liberty, and property.

This letter reinforces the importance of the impending vote in Congress. The override, however, will hurt many more than it stands to help.

Byron Schlomach injects much needed common sense into the debate over how to solve the traffic problems in Phoenix.  While Mayor Phil Gordon builds light rail in the north-south direction, Byron points out that the major traffic congestion in Phoenix occur in the east-west traffic. Are our policy makers just not thinking?

 Listen to Byron on the Charles Goyette Show as he offers a few simple suggestions on how Phoenix can start to reduce its traffic problems.

Why shouldn't you get the same tax break your boss gets for purchasing health insurance?

President Bush recently proposed to eliminate the tax codes bias toward employer-provided health insurance. His plan would provide a standard deduction of $15,000 for families who purchase health insurance, $7,500 for individuals. The more you think about it, the more sense it makes.

New report exposes practice of government lobbying

When Gov. Janet Napolitano says she is not going to raise your taxes, the operative word is your. She has no hesitation in raising the taxes of future taxpayers, which is the certain consequence of her latest budget proposal. The $400 million in debt financing she recommends is simply a way of forcing the citizens of tomorrow to pay for programs we want today.

The Arizona State Constitution limits state debt to $350,000. That provision has been muddled at times, as bond attorneys have convinced judges to define debt less extensively than the founders intended.

Which states are successfully fighting poverty, and which are failing? You may be surprised.

Many people believe that government should play the role of Robin Hood. Through progressive taxation, spending and redistribution, proponents believe government will reduce poverty.

Most economists, however, argue that the best way to reduce poverty is economic growth. They say more growth means more jobs, a surefire anti-poverty plan.

New Goldwater Institute study grades state performance in reducing poverty

Sometimes the devil really is in the details. This is the case with Proposition 203.

Funding childcare programs through increased tobacco taxes will drain money from other programs, including millions of dollars from health services for the medically needy and indigent.

In Arizona cigarettes cost about $4.30 a pack - $1.18 of that is tax. Those funds go toward the Medically Needy Account, the Health Education Account, the Emergency Health Services Account, and the state's General Fund. 

Revenues are pouring into the state treasury. Elections are on the horizon. Some legislators, especially in the Republican ranks, add those two facts together and mistakenly come up with the need for permanent tax cuts.

They want to make permanent tax cuts based on a one-time surge in revenues. And not just one round of cuts. Republican leaders are looking at a multi-year plan. One version would end up chopping more than $800 million from Arizona's annual revenues.

This is just bad math.

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