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Say NO to sales tax increase in Arizona!

Posted: August 15, 2012 at 7:22 am   /   by

Watch this powerful video; then read below:


Just two years ago, Arizonans passed a three-year temporary sales tax increase in order to balance the budget. Now, spending proponents want to impose a new and permanent sales tax increase – not to balance the budget (it is balanced), but for new and earmarked spending. Vote No on Prop. 204.

In an environment where economic growth has stagnated, revenues are down, and spending beyond our means is producing crippling debts, what is the best course?

Is it . . .

A) spend less, and foster an environment that allows free-enterprise to flourish, thus increasing growth, revenue, and jobs, or

B) raise growth-crushing taxes and spend MORE?

If Prop 204 is allowed to succeed, the result will be B). That is not the right choice for Arizona. That would not be the right choice anywhere. The merits of raising taxes temporarily to close a budget shortfall is an argument we can have. Raising taxes permanently to spend more is fiscal insanity.

Oh, and the increased spending—–? That doesn’t get spent on the average person, even the average poor person, nearly so much as it does on labor unions, well-connected cronies, and other special interest groups. It goes to growing bureaucracies, granting favors, and giving unsustainable pensions to public employees. You pay, they gain. Prop 204 would create a giant wealth transfer from lower-income Arizonans to a well-connected elite in and around government. That’s how these things usually work.

Press release from the Arizona Free-Enterprise Club:

Free Enterprise Club Blasts Prop. 204 in New Video

Billions in new taxes earmarked permanently for NEW spending

Phoenix, AZ – Following the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision today to allow Proposition 204 to remain on the ballot this November, the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, a free market policy and lobbying group, released a video blasting the initiative.  Prop. 204 proposes a new one cent tax increase, earmarked entirely for new spending, and designed to permanently take effect once the three-year sales tax add-on expires at the end of this year.

Click here to watch the video:

“Two years ago, Arizonans passed a temporary sales tax increase when state government was running huge deficits,” Club president Steve Voeller said. “But now, despite a balanced budget, the tax-and-spend crowd wants billions in new and permanent taxes earmarked for their own spending items with total disregard for what it will do to the rest of the budget,” Club president Steve Voeller said.


The AZFEC is a 501(c)(4) policy and advocacy group not affiliated with any other organization.  For more information visit

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
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Say NO to sales tax increase in Arizona!