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Kavanagh says TABOR might replace flat tax

Kavanagh says TABOR might replace flat tax

House Appropriations Chairman Rep. John Kavanagh said some legislators have started to tout a taxpayer bill of rights, or TABOR, as an alternative to a flat income tax rate in the 2010 budget.

Speaking at legislative wrap-up breakfast hosted by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the Fountain Hills Republican said there are issues with the flat-tax proposal, including as the inability of small businesses to take deductions on things such as retirement and health insurance. The proposal in the Legislature would replace the progressive tax rate of 2.59-4.54 with a flat rate, likely between 2.8-3 percent.

“If we do wind up going down this path, my guess is – this is not going to be effective until 2012 – we’ll have to make changes to that. But I understand that TABOR is now floating around the Senate, so there could be a switch,” Kavanagh said while outlining the potential problems he sees with a flat-tax rate.

Kavanagh said he is beginning to doubt whether the flat tax will even be included in the budget, and said TABOR is starting to look like a viable alternative to some lawmakers. He stopped short, however, of endorsing such a plan.

“If it’s a spending limit … that’s really the root of the problem. If you want to directly control somebody’s behavior, then you control that behavior. You don’t start controlling things that person can use as a tool for that behavior. That’s kind of an indirect control,” he said. “But TABOR’s got issues too that have to be worked out.”

TABORs are measures designed to limit government spending and taxes. They often include provisions such as requirements that increases in tax revenue be tied to inflation and population increases.

-Posted by Capitol Times reporter Jeremy Duda

  1. munihack
    munihack06-30-2009

    ANOTHER “GIMMICK” ? ? SURE SOUNDS LIKE ONE ! ! ! !
    How’s a TAXPAYER BILL OF RIGHTS gonna stop IDIOTS from spending more money than they HAVE or spending our money on other things, less important than education and a SOUND ECONOMY.? ? ?
    How about a TAX BILL that says they can’t spend any more money than they bring in, even if it means they have to move their offices INTO THE BASEMENT and GIVE UP ALL THEIR “PERKS” ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 1

  2. jwag
    jwag07-01-2009

    Representative Kavanagh, We do understand your point about controlling someone’s behavior but you dont seem to understand it when we want to control your behavior.

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