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Income tax is toxic to Arizona’s economy

Income tax is toxic to Arizona’s economy

States across the U.S. — including Arizona — are facing major budgetary challenges: 32 are dealing with budget gaps, and many governors are calling for more revenue by raising income taxes, broadening sales taxes, and hiking fees on everything from state park entries to hospital stays.

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Transforming the economy of Arizona

Transforming the economy of Arizona

The governor’s State of the State Address and the newly released report, Velocity: A Blueprint for Transforming Greater Phoenix into an Innovation Economy, focus on economic development for the state and the region. I’ve read both with a great deal of interest.

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Next governor will have few options in dealing with $1 billion deficit (access required)

Next governor will have few options in dealing with $1 billion deficit <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Like Gov. Jan Brewer in 2009, the winner of the gubernatorial race between Republican Doug Ducey and Democrat Fred DuVal will find himself in the unenviable position of trying to erase a massive budget deficit. Legislative fiscal analysts say the state is expected to face a $520 million deficit for the current fiscal year and will be in a $1 billion hole in fiscal year 2016, which begins next July 1.

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