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.
Listen in as Tom Patterson shares his thoughts on the FAIR Tax with East Valley Radio Network show host Scott Anderson.
The Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias was at the Tucson Tea Party, where he spent some time talking with 104.1 The Truth's Jon Justice about the tax day protest.
On Tax Day, the Goldwater Institute's Byron Schlomach was part of a panel on KJZZ's Here and Now program, which discussed Arizona's budget deficit, the possibility of a sales tax increase, and how to reform Arizona's tax structure.
Tens of thousands of people attended anti-tax tea parties across the country, including more than 5,000 at the Arizona state capitol. Goldwater Institute president Darcy Olsen joined KFYI's J.D. Hayworth, who was broadcasting live from the event.
Phoenix--Yesterday the Arizona House Democrats released a plan to raise the income tax, property taxes, and levy a new tax on utility bills to close the budget deficit.
Phoenix--To close the state's budget deficit Governor Jan Brewer has proposed a $1 billion tax increase. New findings announced today show that if the State of Arizona were to implement a $1 billion sales tax increase, 14,400 private jobs would be lost.
These new findings are the result of economic modeling conducted by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. The Goldwater Institute asked Beacon Hill to examine the impact of a $1 billion sales tax increase on employment, state economic output, and incomes.
Phoenix--Arizona is broke and business-as-usual at the Capitol over the past six years is largely to blame. For fiscal year 2010, the state faces a budget deficit some predict will reach $4 billion, or 40 percent of General Fund spending. Arizona's government is over-committed, over-spent, and over-sized for existing revenues.
The principles of individual rights and limited government enshrined in the Arizona Constitution are as relevant today as they were when it was written almost 100 years ago. Indeed, its words are the very foundation of ideas that will advance freedom. Article II, Section II of the Arizona Constitution clearly states the purpose of government: All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.
When engineers need to know the precise strength of a structure, they test it by adding tiny amounts of weight to an actual example or a model. Eventually, the structure fails. That last gram of weight the one that makes the difference between an intact structure and a pile of rubble is pretty significant, at least to the structure.
Thus, its always with some amusement when I read of how "little" government programs and taxes cost us.
Mark Twain once quipped, No mans life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. That is often true, but as the lawmaking branch of government, the legislature also has a great capacity to protect life, liberty, and property.