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Proposition 104 benefits insiders and special interests at taxpayers’ expense

Proposition 104 benefits insiders and special interests at taxpayers’ expense

If you only listened to supporters of Proposition 104, it would be difficult to know what the $30 billion transit tax initiative is really about. Even the ballot language written by the city tries to hide the fact that Prop 104 nearly doubles the transit sales tax over the next 35 years, a multibillion dollar tax hike to fund light rail expansion that Phoenix residents can ill afford.

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The other side of brave is crazy (access required)

Lesko has been leading work groups with Arizona Free Enterprise Club, law enforcement and firefighters’ unions, cities, Ducey’s office and others to discuss PSPRS reforms. Last week, she had a meeting with the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank that advocates for public pension reform.

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Responsible budget puts Arizona on right track

Responsible budget puts Arizona on right track

Every election, it seems, politicians give lip service to the need for fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget. But once they are in office, they lack the courage and resolve to actually achieve one. It’s always politically more convenient to spend more than we take in, hide growing debt and liabilities through clever accounting tricks, and leave the consequences for someone else to clean up down the road.

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Poll 1: Ducey up, Brno up bigger

The Arizona Free Enterprise Club today released its first poll since late September, and its results are largely the same, at least when it comes to the governor’s race. Ducey led DuVal 43 percent to 36 percent, with 5 percent going to Libertarian Barry Hess, 2 percent going to Americans Elect nominee John Lewis Mealer and 14 percent undecided.

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Skepticism abounds over governor’s race polling (access required)

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The dearth of reliable, independent polling in Arizona elections is nothing new. A long-term decline in independent polling by universities and media organizations has left IEs and other biased groups as the main source of publicly available polling for the state’s elections.

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