ATRA in the News: Most Recent Articles

Phoenix Business Journal
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Mike Sunnucks

“No state with similar taxes as Arizona on retail goods has begun taxing cloud services without a law change,” McCarthy said

Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, March 9, 2018
Katie Campbell

McCarthy said “This is what school districts aren’t really telling you: They don’t want a competitor inside their district.”

Phoenix Business Journal
Friday, March 2, 2018
Mike Sunnucks

Lawless credited bill sponsor State Rep. Vince Leach, as well as representatives for cities, other real estate groups and the Arizona Tax Research Association for reaching a deal.

Arizona Capitol Times
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Katie Campbell

McCarthy said the Roosevelt district isn’t alone; desegregation funds rarely seem to be alleviating the alleged violations, which McCarthy said auditors have pointed out in the past.

Arizona Daily Star
Sunday, February 4, 2018
Murphy Woodhouse

At the Senate hearing, ATRA's Jennifer Stielow drew attention to portions of the bill that would allow for the automatic increase from a half cent to a full cent upon expiration of other sales taxes.

Phoenix Business Journal
Friday, February 2, 2018
Mike Sunnucks

https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2018/02/02/big-fight-pits-legis...

A bill making its way through the Arizona Legislature puts restrictions on real estate deals crafted by state universities.

The Arizona Republic
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Jerod MacDonald Evoy

Kevin McCarthy of ATRA isn't convinced of the economic benefits and worries the city is giving up its largest revenue stream, the sales tax. "So they're playing with their own money," McCarthy said.

Arizona Daily Star
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Howie Fischer

“While we do stipulate and recognize Arizona’s teacher pay ranking has dropped in the last 20 years, we do not agree with the assertion that Arizona is last by any measure,” said Sean McCarthy,

The Arizona Republic
Friday, January 5, 2018
Bob Robb

ATRA estimates that the State Farm complex, if not lent ASU’s exempt status, would be paying $12 million a year in property taxes. ATRA estimates the cost to the state of State Farm’s tax exempt status at $3.5 million a year.

The Arizona Republic
Monday, December 18, 2017
Laurie Roberts

“Until recently, universities have not aggressively used their tax-exempt status to become real-estate developers …,” ATRA President Kevin McCarthy told me. “They are totally playing with other people’s money. It’s a complete win.”

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