Governor Jan Brewer Kills Conservative Bills

Posted: June 9, 2011 in Battlefield Arizona

Burned by Brewer

 As you are aware, Arizona has one of the most fiscally conservative Legislatures in its history, and in the country.  The GOP majority in the Legislature was successful in passing many major free-market reforms.  Unfortunately, Gov. Brewer vetoed several of the most consequential conservative bills, and some reforms were not untaken at all due to threatened vetoes.  If Legislators are going to cave in and give subsidies to people to keep them from looking for jobs, they should bargain hard and demand that Brewer sign one or more of the following vetoed reforms:

 

*  HB 2707 was a statutory state spending/revenue limit based on population-plus-inflation, so it’s clear that spending limit supporters in the Legislature do not owe Brewer any favors;  

 

*  SB 1322 was the bill that would have brought privatization (managed competition) and transparent bidding to city services in Phoenix and Tucson, so it’s clear that privatization supporters in the Legislature do not owe Brewer any favors;

 

*  HB 2338 would have imposed modest limitations on property tax levies by secondary taxing districts, so property tax reformers in the Legislature do not owe Brewer any favors;

 

*  HB 2581 and SB 1186 were two vetoed bills that would have enacted modest expansions of Arizona’s existing school choice tax credit, so school choice advocates in the Legislature do not owe Brewer any favors;  

 

*  HB 1593 was a bill that would have allowed Arizona health insurance consumers to purchase health plans available in other States and would have posed a key challenge to ObamaCare, by starting to create a nationwide private marketplace for individual/family health insurance plans—so it’s unclear why opponents of ObamaCare would owe Brewer any favors;

 

*  SB 1552 would have provided tax relief for Arizona corporations by adjusting the corporate tax sales factor—so, other than the handful of crony capitalists who will get handouts from the new Commerce Authority slush fund, it is clear that business owners and pro-business Legislators do not owe Brewer any favors;

 

*  SB 1592 and SB 1088, both vetoed, would have created interstate compact bills for Arizona and other States to challenge ObamaCare—again, it’s unclear why opponents of ObamaCare would owe Brewer any favors; and finally,

 

*  real short-term pro-growth tax cuts were not included in the “Jobs” bill due to Gov. Brewer’s veto threats, so tax-cutters do not owe Brewer any favors.

 

Also, the $87 million in total extended benefits will not do much to stimulate our local economy: $87 million is less than one-tenth of one percent of the Arizona economy.

 

Please send a note to your Legislators as soon as possible.  And thank you for taking action! 

 

For Liberty, Tom

 

Tom Jenney

Arizona Director

Americans for Prosperity

http://www.aztaxpayers.org

tjenney@afphq.org

(602) 478-0146

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