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The Legislative Review covers the highlights of the 2021 Legislative Session, to include summaries of all bills tracked through the session.

  • ATRA Investigation Leads to 27 Felony Indictments
  • City Budgets Flush with Cash in FY 2022
  • Real Per-Capita Taxes up 53% Since 1980
  • Legislature Passes Historic Tax Package
  • 2021 Legislative Wrap-Up
  • Eastern College Maxes Out Its Tax Levy
  • Struggling TUSD is Bloated & Inefficient
  • Community Colleges Posture for the Future

ATRA in the News

The Arizona Republic
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Joshua Bowling

McCarthy questions the deal's timing. Peoria leaders in September established the P83 dining and entertainment district as a "central business district." State law allows each Arizona city to set up one of these districts and to use GPLET incentives within its boundaries. However, McCarthy said state law requires cities to wait one year after designating a central business district to sign a development agreement or offer a GPLET within its boundaries.

The Center Square
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Cole Lauterbach

Kudos to the [Board of Supervisors] for reducing the primary property tax rate below the Truth in Taxation requirement,” ATRA Senior Analyst Sean McCarthy said Tuesday. “Now let's do the same with County Flood and Library Districts.”

Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, April 16, 2021
Greta Forslund

McCarthy said the bottom line for transparency-related bills is making sure tax information is easily accessible online and that it is presented in a way that is useful to the general public.

TIME
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Davarian Baldwin

Sean McCarthy, a research analyst with the ATRA, held little sympathy for ASU’s stated plight of balancing the budget. After reading about the Omni deal, he put together a scathing policy review detailing the long history of “tax free zones” at ASU.