ATRA in the News
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.
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.
Mesnard contends that lowering business property taxes would pay off in boosting Arizona’s ability to attract new companies. That conclusion is backed by Sean McCarthy with ATRA. He said states around Arizona don’t have this multitiered assessment approach. “We do think we have a regional competitiveness issue,” McCarthy told lawmakers.
While there are potential setbacks on the horizon, the economic outlook ahead looks surprisingly bright, state and national economists and budget analysts said Thursday at the annual conference of the nonprofit Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA).