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Yes on 100 campaign reports contributions of $2.2M

Big money contributions continue to flow to the campaign supporting Proposition 100.

The Yes on 100 campaign, dominated by large donations and well-known contributors, has raised more than $2.2 million, according to finance reports filed May 14.

Meanwhile, opposition group Ax the Tax – No on 100, which is largely hoping for an anti-tax sentiment at the polls, has raised just $1,215.

Voters will decide in a May 18 special election whether to raise the state sales tax by a penny, from 5.6 cents on the dollar to 6.6 cents. The tax, expected to generate about $1 billion annually, would last three years and would go into effect June 1.

If Prop. 100 fails, about $900 million would be cut automatically from the state budget, including more than $400 million to K-12 education and more than $100 million to universities.

As a result, contributions from educational organizations were huge. The group Friends of ASU has contributed $400,000 to Yes on 100. The University of Arizona Foundation donated $250,000.
Business groups, too, have been generous. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry donated $130,000.

4 comments

  1. In Arizona, government unions successfully lobbied for a $250 million property tax increase. In Minnesota, unions narrowly failed in passing a $1 billion tax hike. In Illinois they are trying to hike the state income tax by 66 percent. The list of union backed tax-increase campaigns goes on and on.

    Instead of voters telling the government how to spend their money, government unions now tell voters the taxes they want them to pay. They always have a one-word answer: more.

    As taxpayers in Oregon recently discovered, the new labor movement wants you to pay your “fair share” – to them.

  2. I am always amazed by how much money the proponents of higher taxes and bigger government are willing to expend to take more from the those who do not share that agenda.

    100 needs to go down in flames.

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