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Re: “Vote Yes On Prop 100

I’m writing in regard to the Prop 100 article. I am really torn on this vote. I have voted for higher taxes in the past, only to see the money misused or in effect, lost, because AZ decided then to lower taxes for the rich and/or “help” corporations out – supposedly to gain jobs.

I’ve read that the Ledge is planning on passing another tax cut (about 28%) for corporations after raising this sales tax which will affect the poor and middle class disproportionally. I am not sure it’s true, but after following AZ politics for over a decade, it would not surprise me in the least. Even if it is not *yet* true, what makes The Weekly think this won’t happen?

The article mentions all the “good” people backing Prop 100, but why are the Chambers of Commerce and business leaders there? The Chambers of Commerce and business leaders in AZ aren’t exactly known for being generous with, or having the best intentions for, those of us at the bottom.

As someone living well below the poverty level on Disability payments of around $8,000 a year, and depending on AHCCCS, I’ve already seen services cut. I am sick with worry over what will happen when more services are cut. Oh yes, they’ll be cut. Even if this sales tax passes, services will be cut, just as they have been when AZ was doing well.

For eons it has been the modus operandi of those in the Ledge to cut programs and services while funneling money to their rich cronies under the guise of “privatizing” things. They are simply “drowning government in a bathtub” as conservative / libertarian propaganda-meister Grover Norquist is famous for saying. Only, they seem to have absolutely no problem drowning many of their constituents along with government, all the while enriching themselves.

Why has The Weekly noticed this? If you have, why not constantly push for action and reform? Why not push for a repeal of the tax breaks for the rich that passed three years ago? Why not insist on broadening the tax base? Why not do these things INSTEAD of supporting this sales tax that many people truly cannot afford?

Posted by DD on 04/24/2010 at 2:38 PM

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