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.
East Valley Tribune
Saturday, January 1, 2005
Capitol Media Services
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
There’s a flip side to the decision by the two top taxwriting lawmakers to focus their attention on reducing business property taxes: Other tax cuts become less important. And that’s bad news for some of the state’s largest employers who have been hoping for a major change in the corporate income tax structure. Rep. Steve Huffman, R-Tucson, and Sen. Dean Martin, R-Phoenix, said there will be multiple tax-cut proposals introduced this year. They may even sign on as sponsors.
Saturday, November 27, 2004
Doug Virgil is raking in awards, and well he should. As assistant superintendent in the Phoenix-area Alhambra Elementary School District, Virgil launched an energy conservation program that has reaped sizable savings. The program has saved the district more than $250,000 over the past 18 months and is expected to save taxpayers more than $290,000 a year, the Arizona Tax Research Association says.
The Capitol Times
Friday, November 26, 2004
Two lawmakers told a gathering of business representatives and legislators that the best opportunity for the state to reduce corporate taxes is now, and they plan to introduce legislation that would attract more businesses and high-paying jobs to the state.
The Arizona Republic
Saturday, October 23, 2004
It is, we are told, a "balanced regional approach." A "rare opportunity." I don't know about you, but whenever the power set tells me I have a "rare opportunity" I reach for my wallet - mostly to see if it's still there. It seems our leaders approach the public pocketbook as a starving man approaches an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Capitol Media Services
Thursday, October 21, 2004
More than 200,000 teachers and university, state and local employees are going to see their latest pay hikes wiped out with a 50 percent hike in what they have to pay into the mandatory state retirement system next year.
Saturday, July 3, 2004
Congratulations to U.S. Sen. John McCain, who was presented with the Watchdog Award this week by the Arizona Tax Research Association. Arizona Republic columnist Robert Robb presented the award in recognition of McCain's "no-holds-barred fight against pork and wasteful spending." McCain said, "Fighting wasteful spending in Washington is often a very lonely battle, so your recognition and support mean a great deal to me."
Tuesday, December 11, 2001
"You'd have to look far and wide for an example of a local government writing checks to the state out of the goodness of their heart," said Kevin McCarthy