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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.

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You can’t fool us

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.

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Prop. 13 Arizona is a catalyst for economic growth, housing recovery

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.

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