Two dishonest measures being pushed by AZ República
When the 1-cent sales tax was sold to Arizona voters in 2010, it was as an emergency measure intended to alleviate the state‘s “catastrophic” budget crisis. It contained a set-in-stone May 31, 2013 sunset date and came with Gov. Brewer’s assurance that it would not be extended. As might be expected, it was warmly greeted by the bandits at the leftwing Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) who never saw a tax increase they didn’t embrace.
Surprise! Quality Education & Jobs Initiative — an extension of the tax has been allowed to appear on the November ballot as Prop. 204. And what do you know? Not a thin dime of the new, permanent one percent sales tax of over a $ billion a year, will be earmarked to address existing general fund spending. All of it is allocated for new spending to “prevent legislators from cutting K-12 education funding,” provide “dedicated funding to students of all ages,“ provide college scholarships, underwrite school construction projects and a children’s health program. And if that’s not enough, it “protects public safety by ensuring continued funding for DPS officers and creates jobs by funding road, rail, transit and other transportation projects.” This last tidbit will ensure support for the measure from unrelated sources. In this crushing economy, pitching a tax to strapped citizens should be an insurmountable task. But making it an issue of public safety and claiming it’s “for the children” narrows the hurdle. Though disqualified for the ballot, it has reappeared.
Then be alert for another ballot hoax that will be even more disastrous than the tax extension. The deceptively named Open Elections/Open Government initiative will fundamentally alter the way Arizona elections are held by replacing partisan primaries which allow each party to send its strongest candidate to the General Election to fairly compete. The intention of the proposition is to severely limit voter’s choices and gut the parties. This measure has been relentlessly promoted by the liberals at the República resentful of Republican successes.
Also known as “Top 2,” it will be on the ballot as Prop. 121. The reason for the nimbleness in the name is to confuse voters whom proponents hope will be uncertain which of the propositions they are considering, since the words “Top 2” will not appear on the ballot. We have erred in using it for concise headlines.
Although the measure was earlier deemed to be in violation of the state Constitution’s “single-subject” rule, a three-judge panel of the Arizona Supreme Court overrode a Superior Court judge’s ruling and announced that this scam on the public can remain on the November 6 ballot.
This is another con job being pushed relentlessly by the liberals at the daily newspaper. Columnist Robert Robb has been a lone standout exposing the farce. We recommend his excellent column linked in this post.
The Maricopa County Republican Executive Guidance Committee has not been deceived. Read the group’s protest of the resolution here.