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No on 204 and Stop Top Two in social media

Posted: September 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm   /   by

Arizona has typically had a right-of-center electorate, but that is not stopping people who cannot get elected to the legislature or statewide office from attempting to push their agenda through at the ballot box.  There are two important measures that are going to have extremely well-funded and well-organized campaigns supporting them, but they would be bad for Arizona.  Here is what you need to know:

1.  No on 204.  Taking a cue from Congress’s habit of coming up with cutesy names for laws that have nothing to do with their actual purpose, Arizona Proposition 204 is being billed as the ‘Quality Jobs and Education Act’.  It really has nothing to do with jobs or education.  The only thing that Prop 204 guarantees is a PERMANENT 18% increase in the state sales tax.  If that sounds like a bad idea, keep reading.  It is a huge giveaway to special interests, and essentially a way of passing a budget for big government spending projects every year without having to go to the legislature for permission.

If you want to help spread the word about the perils of passing Prop 204, check out these links:

2.  Stop Top Two.  Again, in an effort to dilute the influence of conservatives in the legislature, some are hard at work trying to change the rules.  Arizona Top Two would create crowded and chaotic open primaries.  Many also believe it is probably unconstitutional.  There are many potential problems with what has been proposed.

Top Two will be on the ballot as Proposition 121.  For more information:

It’s probably going to be an uphill battle for supporters of limited government on both counts, but every little bit we can do to inform voters about what the impacts of these measures would be helps.

Hannah Thoreson

Hannah Thoreson is a science and technology writer based in northern Virginia. She earned a physics degree from Arizona State University in 2012 and has been causing trouble ever since.

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No on 204 and Stop Top Two in social media