Phoenix, AZ – It has been Brewer who has been pushing for more than a year for a temporary tax hike to deal with the recession sending state revenues into a tailspin. With her as chief drumbeater, lawmakers agreed to put the issue on Tuesday's ballot. What that does is tie Brewer to the fate of the issue, up or down.
Phoenix, AZ – 19 other states already have sued, contending Congress and the Obama administration exceeded their authority by requiring most individuals to obtain health insurance. Arizona lawmakers last month voted to let Gov. Jan Brewer join that suit after Attorney General Terry Goddard said he finds nothing illegal in the federal law. Gubernatorial press aide Paul Senseman disagreed.
Phoenix, AZ – Martin noted that both current Gov. Jan Brewer and predecessor Janet Napolitano have asked for an increased presence of Guard troops. But with the exception of a short-term deployment, the federal government has been unwilling to go along. Martin acknowledged that what he wants amounts to having state taxpayers pick up the tab for the failure of the federal government. But he said it would pay off long term.
Phoenix, AZ – Brewer is out rounding up support for Proposition 100 which would hike the state sales tax by a penny for three years, raising an estimated $1 billion a year. But House Speaker Kirk Adams and some Republican lawmakers want a package of income and property tax cuts for business they say is needed to stimulate the economy. That bill with its $950 million a year price tag failed in the Senate. But Brewer noted that Adams has vowed a new effort next session.
Phoenix, AZ – Two different groups had taken the first steps to referring SB 1070 to the ballot, a process allowed by the Arizona Constitution. Both have now pulled the plug -- but for different reasons. One is petition organizer Andrew Chavez.
(I think it came down to timing, Howie. Every indication looked like we would have been on the 2010 ballot. And I think that the short time line that would have given my client to launch a campaign, they were uncomfortable with.)
Phoenix, AZ – Quite simply, it comes down to money. Reports show supporters of Proposition 100 already have collected more than $1.6 million for their campaign. Contributors include businesses, unions and education groups, with the largest donation coming from the University of Arizona Foundation which kicked in a quarter million dollars. John Brown, the organization's spokesman, said the decision to give was logical.