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McCain, Kyl oppose Arizona sales-tax hike

U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl say they oppose Arizona’s plan of a short-term sales-tax hike as a way to deal with the state’s budget crisis.

Arizona lawmakers say the proposed 1-cent-per-dollar sales tax increase going on a May 18 special election ballot would raise up to $900 million in the fiscal year beginning July 1. The plan is being pushed by Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican.

In a joint statement issued March 8, the two Arizona Republican senators say they fundamentally oppose increasing taxes on small businesses and working families.

Brewer says in her 28 years as an elected official, she’s never before supported a tax increase. However, she says Arizona’s massive budget deficit has to be resolved and that’s why she advocates the temporary sales tax hike.

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2 comments

  1. Perhaps they could explain how we plan to attract high wage employers with an massively underfunded education system with overcrowded classes and NRA bought-and-paid-for laws allowing everyone to conceal weapons. Doesn’t seem like Arizona is going to be a place where any thinking person will want to live in the future…our name will likely be changed to Aribama or Arissippi.

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