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Corporate Tax Credit for Private Schools Needs a Legislative Fix

(PHOENIX, AZ) – Arizona’s corporate tax credit for private school tuition scholarships is on pace to double every four years and wipe out all of Arizona’s corporate income tax revenue unless state lawmakers take action…

Are State Lawmakers Working for a Fairer Tax Code for All Arizonans?

The Arizona legislature has cut taxes every year since 1990, resulting in $4.4 billion less in annual state revenues when adjusted for inflation. But most Arizonans have not benefited from the almost three decades of annual…

Bill to Increase Charitable Deductions Comes with Tradeoffs

The federal tax changes passed by Congress in 2017 preserved the charitable deduction for those who itemize their taxes. However, because the tax changes doubled the standard deduction, fewer people are expected to itemize…

A Tax Cut for Military Retirees Leaves Most Veterans Behind

SB1167 provides a small tax cut for military retirees who receive a military pension, but leaves out 90% of Arizona veterans. SB1167 will reduce state revenues by $15 million and will make it more difficult to invest in the…

Wrong Priorities: It Doesn’t Make Sense to Give a Tax Cut to the Rich While Arizona Asks Children in Public Schools to Wait

Arizona stands to gain $130 million to $230 million in General Fund revenues if it conforms the Arizona tax code to the federal tax changes enacted in 2017. Rather than directing those additional revenues to better prepare…

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Senate Farm Bill is the Way Forward for SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is a key tool that keeps working families economically secure. SNAP participants include hard working families, unemployed workers who fell…

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Lessons From the Past Promises for Public School Funding

In 1998, with great fanfare, Governor Jane Hull signed Students’ FIRST legislation. After four years of a lawsuit and court orders, this bill eliminated local property taxes as the main revenue stream for new school construction…

What are the Neighbors Doing?

For several years, tax cuts have been the tool of choice that many states have used to try to make themselves more competitive and to attract new businesses and jobs to their state. However, many of those same states are…

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