STAFF PICK: Walkup and his big-business buddies tried to strong-arm the voters in May to raise the sales tax to pay for transportation projects. The city government went so far as to spend $1 million trying to persuade us to support this turkey. Even though hizzoner lamely argued they just wanted to "educate" people about the issues, the voters didn't buy it, crushing the two measures by more than a 2-to-1 margin. We prefer to think of this whole thing as the failed "Let's Snow Tucson" effort, but the money spent on it was no laughing matter. It could have been used for something important, like more traffic enforcement. So the next time Walkup or another City Council member complains about a shortage of money, just remind them of their past while humming "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow."
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