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Misguided sales tax loopholes makes it more difficult to fund critical needs

Governor Hobbs and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers are supporting a proposal that would make all purchases of tampons, sanitary napkins and other feminine hygiene products exempt from sales tax. It is estimated the exemption…

Diaper Sales Tax Exemption Provides Little Help for Low-Income Parents

Instead of eliminating the sales tax on diapers, lawmakers should establish a direct assistance program to cover most or all of the cost of diapers for low-income families. Governor Hobbs and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers…

Governor Ducey needs to act now to prevent $1.4 billion cut to Arizona’s school districts

The school spending cap known as the Aggregate Expenditure Limit (AEL) is once again threatening the new investments the legislature and governor made to K-12 education. Arizona’s school districts will be forced to cut…

Extreme Wealth Inequality

Less than 0.2% of Arizona Hold Nearly $500 Billion in Wealth  According to a new report by our partner Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) a small fraction of Arizonan families holds more than $500 billion in…

The importance of school's spending limit

Arizona’s public school districts will be required to cut their budgets by $1.3 billion if the legislature does not act by March 1, 2023 to lift the state constitution’s school spending limitation. If that sounds familiar,…

2022 Legislative Session & Budget Recap

Last week, the Arizona Legislature passed a budget and concluded a long and unpredictable 2022 session. This year, politicians at the State Capitol had a historic opportunity to use a massive surplus of resources to make…

The Bad, Inadequate, & Missing – AZCenter’s take on the latest state budget proposal

With only eight days left before the deadline (and a state government shutdown), the Arizona Legislature has begun serious negotiations on a state budget proposal revealed this past Monday. As the AZCenter has previously…

Arizona should use its surplus to invest in the future, not in another tax giveaway.

As Arizona’s economy continues its rapid recovery and expansion—in large part thanks to federal relief legislation that kept families afloat and businesses open—Arizona’s state revenues have skyrocketed, resulting…

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