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No More Excuses for Fighting Homelessness

June 28, 2024

Law-abiding Arizonans have sat and watched their cities fail to act on the homelessness crisis plaguing their streets. But today, a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court has taken away their excuse for refusing to act. And the decision underscores the need for Prop 312, which compensates the law-abiding Arizonans paying the price for government inaction.

The Goldwater Institute released the following statement on the ruling:

“Today’s decision removes Arizona cities’ excuse for failing to enforce the law amid a devastating homelessness crisis that has destroyed countless lives and livelihoods. Leaders in cities like Phoenix have claimed that a Ninth Circuit ruling forbade them from taking action to clean up the streets – and law-abiding property and business owners have paid the price through no fault of their own.”

“Arizonans no longer trust that their tax dollars are being used by local governments to enforce the law and address rampant homelessness. But Prop 312, a first-in-the-nation reform on Arizona’s 2024 general election ballot, offers relief – compensating the residents, businesses, and property owners who have suffered from government’s inaction via a refund for mitigation expenses incurred as municipalities refuse to enforce the law.”



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