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>

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.

This letter reinforces the importance of the impending vote in Congress. The override, however, will hurt many more than it stands to help.

Byron Schlomach injects much needed common sense into the debate over how to solve the traffic problems in Phoenix.  While Mayor Phil Gordon builds light rail in the north-south direction, Byron points out that the major traffic congestion in Phoenix occur in the east-west traffic. Are our policy makers just not thinking?

 Listen to Byron on the Charles Goyette Show as he offers a few simple suggestions on how Phoenix can start to reduce its traffic problems.

Why shouldn't you get the same tax break your boss gets for purchasing health insurance?

President Bush recently proposed to eliminate the tax codes bias toward employer-provided health insurance. His plan would provide a standard deduction of $15,000 for families who purchase health insurance, $7,500 for individuals. The more you think about it, the more sense it makes.

New report exposes practice of government lobbying

When Gov. Janet Napolitano says she is not going to raise your taxes, the operative word is your. She has no hesitation in raising the taxes of future taxpayers, which is the certain consequence of her latest budget proposal. The $400 million in debt financing she recommends is simply a way of forcing the citizens of tomorrow to pay for programs we want today.

The Arizona State Constitution limits state debt to $350,000. That provision has been muddled at times, as bond attorneys have convinced judges to define debt less extensively than the founders intended.