The effectiveness of economic development programs has long been hotly debated. Recent events, like the closing of Suntech’s manufacturing facility in Goodyear, have given rise to a new wave of criticism by organizations like the Arizona Tax Research Association, the Arizona Free Enterprise Club and the Goldwater Institute — most of it unwarranted and unsubstantiated.Read More »
This week's most outstanding quips, gibes and utterances from Arizona's political scene.Read More »
Arizona’s city, county and state governments are handing out billions in economic development incentives to attract business — but not without resistance from critics who dispute their necessity.Read More »
Now that the economy is recovering, universities and state agencies are seeking budget increases and have asked Gov. Jan Brewer to fight for at least $500 million in new spending.Read More »
The Quality Education and Jobs campaign is alleging that an ATRA employee signed a fake name on one of its petitions while she was inspecting the proposed ballot measure’s language. In a July 9 letter to Horne, initiative chair Ann-Eve Pedersen said a man and woman, who were later identified as ATRA’s Maria Travers and another ATRA employee, went to the office of Petition Partners on June 14.Read More »
A coalition headed by an influential fiscal policy think tank submitted paperwork today to launch a campaign in support of a ballot measure that caps the growth of property values in Arizona.Read More »
This is Arizona’s centennial year. It’s both a grand accomplishment to celebrate and an occasion that we should mark by making our state government more effective and efficient.Read More »
Arizona certainly needs property tax reform. We have the most complicated and complex property tax system in the nation, one that produces unpredictable and inexplicable property tax bills for homeowners and businesses. With a “share of the pie” system driven not by what your property is worth, but rather how much money the taxing districts want to spend, you are always one tax bill away from an unaffordable property tax problem.Read More »
An influential tax policy group will seek to put a measure on the ballot to limit growth in property values.
The Arizona Tax Research Association wants taxable property values to grow by no more than 5 percent each year.
Arizona Tax Research Association analyst Justin Olsen resigned to make a bid for a LD 19 House seat, and he has picked up the endorsements of Trent Franks, Chuck Gray and a handful of GOP politicos.Read More »