ATRA in the News: Most Recent Articles

The Political Notebook
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Billy Robb

Sean McCarthy joins the podcast to break down some issues related to Arizona school finance. We talk about the funding formula and school choice, as well as emerging trends like declining district enrollment numbers and the rising cost of the state's retirement system.

Chamber Business News
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Victoria Harker

As student numbers decline and some schools fail to consolidate and adapt, taxpayers could be the ones footing the bill, said Sean McCarthy, senior research analyst for ATRA, which advocates for taxpayers at the local and state level.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Mark Brodie

Many advocacy groups will be competing for Arizona lawmakers’ time and a slice of the state budget this year.
ATRA is included in that list. The Show sat down with the Sean McCarthy, senior research analyst there.

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.