The Arizona Republic
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Laurie Roberts
Of all the oddball ideas on next month's ballot - and there are a bunch - none is more bizarre than Proposition 203. Or sadly, more of a sure thing. Proposition 203 is like pitting Pee-wee Herman against the Terminator, like calling up a tee-baller to pitch to Barry Bonds. Like inviting a leper to run against the Gerber baby.
The Arizona Republic
Friday, September 29, 2006
Kevin McCarthy
The process of "ballot-box budgeting," where special-interest groups sidestep the state budget process to earmark taxes for their pet projects, has been much abused in Arizona. This year's effort comes in the form of Proposition 203, an initiative that calls for a dramatic 68 percent increase in tobacco taxes.
Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, September 22, 2006
Jim Small
A five-year effort to establish a statewide program for early childhood education and health care is on the ballot this fall in the form of Proposition 203, which would raise the tobacco tax by 80 cents per pack of cigarettes to generate upwards of $150 million a year for the programs.
The Business Journal
Monday, May 1, 2006
Mike Sunnucks
Former Tempe mayor and Democratic state senator Harry Mitchell is getting some help from Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano in his bid upend Scottsdale Congressman J.D. Hayworth. Hayworth has been an outspoken nemesis of Napolitano and considered challenging her in this year's race for governor before deciding not to run.
Associated Press
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Associated Press
Republican leaders suggested Friday that the GOP-controlled Legislature would be at odds with Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano on spending and tax issues during the upcoming election-year session. Senate President Ken Bennett told a business-oriented tax lobbying group that the state's fiscal picture is brightening. But he said the state would still be in relatively poor shape if lawmakers had gone along with past Napolitano proposals on spending and borrowing.
Associated Press
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Associated Press
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Top legislative leaders offered cool assessments of Governor Napolitano's performance on budget issues and suggested that they expect the GOP-controlled Legislature to be at odds with her on spending and tax issues during the upcoming session.
The Business Journal
Friday, June 10, 2005
Mike Sunnucks
Voices of dissent regarding a proposed $233 million city of Phoenix bond to bankroll Arizona State University's downtown expansion are growing louder. They are coming from conservatives and tax watchdogs who are questioning the effectiveness of another publicly financed center city project and why a local government is funding a state university.
Northwest News Channel 8
Wednesday, June 8, 2005
Northwest News Channel 8 & AP Staff
PHOENIX -- The wait is on for Arizona leaders, competing with Oregon and other states to land a major economic development project tied to Intel. Arizona has agreed to give income tax relief to Intel Corp. and other manufacturers but only in exchange for substantial new investment in the state in the next 2 1/2 years.
Governing Magazine
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
One of Governor Janet Napolitano’s first actions, upon taking office early in 2003, was to set up extensive “Efficiency Reviews” of several state agencies. The reviews were based on a process implemented by Ann Richards in Texas in the early 1990s. Napolitano had predicted some $300 million in efficiency savings in the first year alone.
East Valley Tribune
Saturday, January 1, 2005
Le Templar
Conservative Republicans will start flexing their newly found political muscles when the regular state legislative session begins Monday. Republican lawmakers, bolstered by surprising success in the 2004 elections, are crafting a conservative strategy that conflicts with Gov. Janet Napolitano’s victories from the first half of her four-year term.


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