Tax Reform

Americans are a hard-working bunch and should keep what they earn. Our ideas for tax reform reduce the burden of taxes while ensuring governments have the resources to focus on core responsibilities.

<p>Americans are a hard-working bunch and should keep what they earn. Our ideas for tax reform reduce the burden of taxes while ensuring governments have the resources to focus on core responsibilities. </p>

Under the Dome

PHOENIX - A report prepared for a Phoenix think tank that opposes Proposition 303 concluded Monday that a 60 percent increase in taxes on cigarettes would lead to an increase in smuggling and would drain police resources.

Robert Levy, a scholar with the Washington, D.C.-based Cato Institute, argues in his analysis of the measure that the tobacco tax would encourage black markets and keep the Department of Public Safety busy combing the back roads of Arizona looking for contraband cigarettes.

The numbers cited by Marty Latz to justify higher cigarette taxes ("Yes on Prop. 303: Make Smokers Pay Their Share," Sept. 13) are grossly misleading.

Latz states that "it costs Arizona $8.35 per pack" for smoking-related health costs. He compares that number with the current 58-cent per pack cigarette tax, then concludes that nonsmokers are paying most of smokers' health costs.

Latz fails to distinguish between private and public outlays; he treats all costs as if they were incurred by the state.

Study Says Lower Rates Would Boost State, Economy

Corporate tax rates in Arizona should be reduced to make the state more attractive to businesses, according to a study by a conservative Phoenix-based public policy group.

Arizona's top corporate income tax rate is 6.97 percent, higher than Utah, Colorado and Nevada, but lower than California and New Mexico, which have graduated rate systems, the Goldwater Institute said in a report.

The proposed 60-cent tax increase per pack of cigarettes is a desperate attempt to help Arizona out of its financial mess at smokers' expense, opponents say.

Proponents tout it as the ticket to save lives and keep kids from tobacco.

"Smokers are an easy target to fill the state's treasury," said Darcy Olsen, executive director of the Goldwater Institute. "It's not fair to single out smokers. Everybody should then be taxed to carry the burden of providing health care to the poor."

Arizona's leaders should resist calls for more taxation and spending in the name of economic development, a Phoenix-based conservative public policy groups says.

The Goldwater Institute unveiled its latest report, "Assessing Arizona's Economy: Boom or Bust?" during a June 6 luncheon.

Using public funds to try to launch a genomics and biotech industry in Arizona is not the most effective use of taxpayer money for economic development, according to the author of a new study released today by the Goldwater Institute, a Phoenix-based think tank.

In a study called "Assessing Arizona's Economy-Boom or Bust?" author Robert Franciosi said low taxes and low regulatory burdens are the only proven ways for government to promote long-term economic growth.

Engaged citizens make for good governments. That’s the central idea behind the ninth annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card, which takes into account 375 votes during the first session of Arizona’s fiftieth legislature. The result is a citizen-friendly tool for evaluating legislators’ votes against a simple, important standard: their impact on liberty.

Property taxes in Maricopa County are going up 18 percent. The Goldwater Institute's Byron Schlomach talked to KTVK Channel 3 about what this means for your wallet.

In his blog Ideas, Santa Clara University economist David Friedman (yes, he's Milton's son) wrote about the cost of eyeglasses. He was curious why a new frame and set of lenses costs less than $10 online, but five times that amount or more at most stores.