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Arizonans’ incomes remain far below the national average

Arizonans’ incomes remain far below the national average and those of most neighboring states. While Arizona has seen some improvement in the past year—likely attributable to the minimum wage passage 15 2016—deep disparitiesf…

Paid Family Leave in Arizona Would be Good for Working Families and the Economy

Nearly everyone needs to take time off from work at some point to care for a sick family member, a new child, or to deal with a serious personal illness. That leave can come at a significant price if it means lost wages or…

Criminal Justice Reform Is Good for the Economy and Advancing Equity

Taxation through court fines and fees is problematic The most visible reforms targeted at the criminal justice system today center around policing, sentencing, and mass incarceration. While some parts of the Arizona criminal…

Supermajority Requirement for Raising Revenues Jeopardizes Arizona’s Economic Future‌

Arizona’s constitution requires a super-majority (two-thirds) vote of both chambers of the legislature to raise revenue through increased taxes or to reduce or eliminate tax credits, tax exemptions, or deductions – even…

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More Than Two Decades of Underfunding Arizona Public School Facilities Hurts Low-Income and Rural Communities the Most

Are the public schools in your neighborhood properly designed to keep students safe and secure? Does the air conditioning system work adequately enough for students to learn in comfortable classrooms on sweltering Arizona…

Using Increased Revenues from Conformity on More Tax Cuts is Fiscally Irresponsible

Two reports show that conforming Arizona’s tax code to the 2017 federal tax changes will result in a net increase to Arizona’s General Fund revenues in fiscal year 2020, although the two reports differed in the amount…

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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…

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