The weekly briefing from the Capitol by Rep. Steve Farley:
Howdy, Friends O'Farley…
Let's cut to the chase.
As I'm sure you know, Governor Brewer's sales tax referral passed out of the Legislature last week. I voted no, for the reasons I detailed last week.
One of those reasons is that I think the Governor's tax will likely lose. In an ideal world, it ought to lose for many reasons from the way it hurts middle-class families more than the rich, to over-dependence on retail sales taxes in Arizona, to the huge and expensive corporate bailout bill Republican legislators are poised to enact, to the fact that it doesn't solve even a tiny bit of the problem, to the Governor proposing massive cuts to education, human services, and public safety even if it does pass.
However, it is extremely clear to those of you who regularly read the Farley Report that we Arizonans do not live in an ideal world.
In this world, there are people on the far right who lay in wait for the sales tax to fail on May 18 so that they may claim a popular mandate to slash and burn most government services, especially education, human services and public safety. And