Guest Commentary

Aggressive Mathematics: Gov. Ducey’s flat-tax promises don’t add up

By Dave Wells and Special to Tucson Weekly

Republican legislative leadership and Gov. Doug Ducey think that with forecasts of a $1.5 billion ongoing budget "surplus" the best thing to do is provide a $1.9 billion tax cut that goes overwhelmingly to wealthier households through a "flat" tax and neutralizing the tax impact of Prop 208 on the top 1%. Note that "surplus" here means projected revenues against a baseline of ongoing formula expenditures that excludes one-time funding areas that are not necessarily really one-time and ignoring any areas not currently adequately funded or formulas no longer being filled (such as for community colleges).

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