Posts Tagged ‘Pullen’
Figures this would happen. I came up with what I thought was a clever solution to Arizona’s budget crisis only to learn that it’s an idea that is already in place in eight other states! Who knew? This is from ATR’s Patrick Gleason’s blog:
Last week Sean Noble, author of the blog Noble Thinking, offered a solution for those that insist taxes must be raised in Arizona. Noble suggests “The Arizona Department of Revenue should expand the option of voluntarily paying more taxes by adding a form – let’s call it Form SITIC – for “stuff I think is critical.” Then, all these people who want to pay more taxes can check the box for what their additional contribution will fund.”
ATR supports Noble’s idea and notes that it is not without precedent. The solution Noble offers is a Tax Me More Fund. Arizona lawmakers can simply create a Tax Me More Fund so that people who feel they are under-taxed, like Gov. Brewer, Chuck Coughlin, and Randy Pullen, have a place to send their money. As it stands, 8 states already have a Tax Me More Fund in place.
The concept has it’s origins in the cradle of the liberty movement in America. According to the Center for Fiscal Accountability, Massachusetts led the way in developing a Tax Me More Fund proposal at the turn of the century. After Bay State voters passed a 2000 referendum to lower income taxes, the Voluntary Optional Tax Endowment (VOTE) was introduced as a way for opponents of the tax cut to voluntarily pay at the old rate. In 2001, the MA legislature added a checkbox on its state tax forms in 2001 that allows the taxpayer to decide which tax rate to pay.
ATR agrees that those who claim taxes in AZ aren’t high enough should be given the ability to put their money where there mouth is. ATR urges AZ lawmakers to introduce and pass a bill to create a Tax Me More Fund in the Grand Canyon State. The bill might be most appropiately titled “The Brewer-Coughlin Arizona Patriot Act.”
For a list of states that have enacted Tax Me More Funds, Click Here.
I find it pretty ironic that the first state to enact a Tax Me More fund was Massachusetts.
Bob Lord, (remember him?) former Democrat nominee against Congressman John Shadegg, has taken himself out of the running for Arizona Democrat Chairman. He says that it’s too much for his small plate of building his law practice and possibly preparing to run for Congress again.
This is a guy who has sucked in too much of the hot air he was blowing around in the last election. He would make a terrible Chairman – can you imagine the fun that GOP Chairman would have with him in debates? Without multiple handlers, Lord can barely put two coherent sentences together. Lord would also have a really, really hard time raising serious money for the Democrats without the national Democrat leaders and a Democrat Governor putting the strong arm on folks like they did during his race against Shadegg.
So, in order to make it look like he’s not wimping out, he claims that he is certain Shadegg isn’t running again:
“I’m as nearly certain as can be that John Shadegg is done,” Lord said.
Just like you were “certain” you were going to beat Shadegg last year, Bob? Sorry, but the credibility of your certainty, just doesn’t hold water.
Shadegg is already raising money, and watch for a big announcement in the coming days, which will put to rest the claim that he is “done.”