ATRA in the News: Most Recent Articles

Parker Pioneer
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
John Gutekunst

In their June 2018 newsletter, the Arizona Tax Research Association found Arizona Western College has the third highest primary property tax rate of the 12 community college districts in the state at $2.22 of $100 of net assessed value. The highest is Graham County/Eastern, at $3.33 of $100 of net assessed value. Cochise County has a primary rate of $2.40 of $100 of net assessed value.

Arizona Daily Star
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Hank Stephenson

To that end, Clodfelter invited the Arizona Tax Research Association, a conservative tax watchdog group that has long advocated for eliminating the district’s $64 million desegregation budget

The Arizona Capitol Times
Monday, July 9, 2018
Ben Giles

Sean McCarthy never dreamed of working in politics, let alone with his father, Arizona Tax Research Association President Kevin McCarthy. But after spending 11 years away from Arizona, the 33-year-old Air Force veteran and East Valley native has made a home for himself in Phoenix as a senior research analyst at ATRA, with a focus on K-12 financing.

Fox10 News AZ
Friday, June 22, 2018
Matt Galka
PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A Supreme Court ruling is making shopping on the internet more expensive. It has to do with the way states collect taxes from internet sales.

Friday, June 22, 2018
Mark Brodie

In a five to four vote, the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday ruled to allow states to collect sales tax from online and out-of-state retailers. To look at how this ruling will impact Arizona, The Show reached out to Kevin McCarthy, president of the ATRA.

The Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, June 8, 2018
Sean McCarthy

Measuring inputs to K-12 by adjusting every single line item for inflation is the ultimate carrot in front of the horse routine. Worse than misguided rhetoric, the billion dollar claim is insulting to taxpayers because it ensures their investment will forever be described as inadequate.

The Arizona Capitol Times
Monday, June 4, 2018
Ben Giles

Kevin McCarthy, president of ATRA, said seeking an opinion from the attorney general isn’t going to have an impact on whether Pima County officials must follow the new law.

Fox 10
Thursday, April 12, 2018
John Hook

The non-partisan group has been studying tax policy in Arizona since 1940. ATRA crunched the numbers, and came up with a national ranking that they claim is more realistic, when it comes to teacher pay. "We rank 40th in the nation, when adjusted for cost of living," said McCarthy.

Downtown Devil
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Rebecca Spies

ATRA was also happy with the changes, congratulating Rep. Leach on Twitter: “Another unanimous vote on GPLET reform today, sending the bill upstairs to the Gov. Provides needed reform on use of property tax abatement.”

The Arizona Republic
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Abe Kwok

Those who took issue with the conclusions included the Arizona Tax Research Association. The taxpayer watchdog group challenged the cost-of-living tool in the Morrison Institute report, known as the Regional Price Parities