Arizona Small Business Association opposes Proposition 204

| September 21 2012
By Jerry Bustamante, Sr. VP, Public Policy + Southern Arizona Region
Arizona Small Business Association
One of ASBA’s five legislative priorities is supporting education by backing good public policy that improves the effectiveness of Arizona teachers and schools. We cannot however, support education through poor public policy, and that is just what Proposition 204 is. Its proposed permanent increase in our state’s sales tax will impact everyone and fails to increase standards and accountability to improve the performance of Arizona schools and teachers.
Although the Arizona Small Business Association does not endorse candidates, we do produce a scorecard with a voting record on how members of the Arizona Legislature voted with us. Please keep in mind that ASBA is a non-partisan business organization and is 100% privately funded. We support the party of business and legislation that benefits Arizona businesses. Please click here to see our 2012 Legislative Scorecard and how members of the 2012 Arizona Legislature voted in relation to where we stand.
Research has shown that employers are viewed by their employees as a credible source of election information and welcome their feedback. I invite you to visit the Arizona Prosperity Project at www.azprosperity.org to learn more about the top issues facing Arizona businesses and explore the available resources. One of the resources is the EZ Voter Registration and Thursday, October 11 is the deadline to register to vote in the November General Election.
Encourage your employees to register to vote if they have not done so already. I also encourage you to discuss with your staff the potential impact that election outcomes could have on your business. This dialogue is totally acceptable because business and politics do mix nicely; we’re not talking religion here. Finally, encourage your employees to find out which candidates are running for public office in their district by visiting the Prosperity Project and to be informed voters.
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