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By Graydon Holt | November 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
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The permanent sales tax rate increase under Proposition 204 defies logic by imposing a tax hike in the midst of the worst economic recovery in decades.  Proposition 204 would mandate a permanent one-cent increase in the state sales tax rate. At 6.6 percent, along with county and local sales taxes, Arizona would have the second […]

By Graydon Holt | November 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Arizona Elected Officials

Proposition 204 opponents have formed an unprecedented coalition of leaders throughout Arizona that has exposed the fatal flaws in the measure and rallied voters to defeat the initiative. The coalition has based its opposition to Proposition 204 on three key arguments: The proposition would impose a permanent one-cent increase in the state sales tax rate […]

By Graydon Holt | November 3, 2012 | 0 Comments
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In the final week remaining until Election Day, the Arizona business community is firmly united in opposition to Proposition 204.  Voters should pay close attention to business leaders concerned about a sales tax increase that will make Arizona less competitive in the effort to create jobs and recover from the recession. Led by the Arizona […]

By Graydon Holt | November 3, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Arizona voters will not be fooled by the phony fight created by Proposition 204 supporters that pits the state legislature against children in the classroom. Proposition 204 supporters say the taxpayers’ elected representatives cannot be trusted with education spending. These officials, they claim, will misuse public funds and shortchange the schools, depriving children of a […]

By Graydon Holt | November 2, 2012 | 0 Comments
Arizona Elected Officials

Arizona voters should heed the warning of Craig Barrett, a business and education leader who opposes Proposition 204 for the measure’s failure to back education reform and its misguided increase in the state’s sales tax. Barrett is the former Chairman of Intel Corporation, one of Arizona’s top ten employers.  He is a graduate and former […]

By Graydon Holt | November 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Arizona Elected Officials

Mayors and City Council Members throughout Arizona have joined the campaign to defeat Proposition 204. These elected officials closest to the taxpayer know the pitfalls and false promises of Proposition 204 that will raise taxes and fund education bureaucrats instead of children in the classroom. Proposition 204 would impose a one-cent permanent increase in the […]

By Graydon Holt | October 31, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Arizona taxpayers should be outraged that the only accounting for $1 billion a year in education spending under Proposition 204 is an audit once every five years. The education elite that concocted the Proposition 204 scheme are asking taxpayers to fork over $1 billion a year with only a promise of an accounting audit once every […]

By Graydon Holt | October 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Taxpayers need to unite with concerned parents and teachers to oppose the misguided Proposition 204 that ignores calls for education reform and supports the wasteful status quo. Throwing an additional $1 billion a year at education under Proposition 204 will not produce better test scores, cut the number of dropouts, or improve graduation rates. It […]

By Graydon Holt | October 29, 2012 | 1 Comment
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The education elites behind the Proposition 204 initiative are trying to sell the story that Arizona does not spend enough money on education. This is a myth. What they really mean is that they don’t like the elected officials given the authority to spend the taxpayers’ money. Their collective temper tantrum is aimed at the […]

By Graydon Holt | October 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
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One of the most outlandish aspects of the Proposition 204 power grab is the permanent increase in the state sales tax rate. It is a poison pill that should sink the initiative on Election Day. No tax rate should be permanent. Elected officials should always have the authority to set tax rates to meet changing […]