ATRA in the News: Most Recent Articles

AZ Mirror
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Jerod Macdonald

“We’re stunned to see ABOR pivot from justifying these deals as positive for the community because of their economic impact to now suggesting they don’t need to measure their impact because they are simply revenue generators” McCarthy told Arizona Mirror.

The Center Square
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Alan Krawitz

Kevin McCarthy explained that the state’s constitution is very clear about excludable costs, which include long-term debt obligations such as voter-approved general obligation bonds, leasing costs of properties or other capital investments.

Cronkite News
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Veronica Graff

“It would be nothing short of a nightmare” for out-of-state sellers to figure out their obligations in taxing consumers buying products in different cities, according to Kevin McCarthy, president of the ATRA.

Phoenix New Times
Friday, April 12, 2019
Stephen Lemons

"Our calculations show that their property tax payment would start out at $2.5 to $3 million a year," Sean McCarthy explained. "So right away, it's a substantial tax break."

The Arizona Republic
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Mackenzie Shuman

“Businesses need to know what their tax obligations are, and it needs to be clearly articulated and has to, of course, be referenced statutory authority.” - Sen. Michelle Ugenti Rita

Arizona Capitol Times
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Ben Giles

“The League’s version of compromise is that all (digital products) are taxable, and they’ve cynically tried to offer a couple of exemptions to some companies involved,” McCarthy said.

Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, March 1, 2019
Sean McCarthy

There’s nothing quite like the bipartisan schadenfreude experienced when the hubris of politicians leads to a failed business incentive deal.

Heartland Institute
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Bonner Cohen, Kenneth Artz

The authority of ABOR to abate taxes on commercial developments through these deals is questionable, says Sean McCarthy. “We’re in strong agreement with the AG that there is a real legal question as to whether the universities have the authority to abate taxes in this matter,” said McCarthy.

Phoenix Business Journal
Friday, January 25, 2019
Corina Vanek

Sean McCarthy of ATRA, which opposed the bill at the time, said even though Novus follows what the law allows for an athletic facilities district, the group remains “philosophically opposed” to the idea because it diverts property taxes away from local governments and school districts.