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A Major Win for All Taxpayers as Judge Strikes Down Ballot Referendum

Thursday, April 21, 2022

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A Major Win for All Taxpayers as Judge Strikes Down Ballot Referendum


PHOENIX, ARIZONA—Broad financial relief is headed for all taxpaying residents of the Grand Canyon State, after the Arizona Supreme Court struck down the teachers' union's attempt to refer to the November 2022 ballot a tax cut duly enacted by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.


Last year, the Republican-led legislative body approved a historic state budget, cutting more than $2 billion to allow the hard-working men and women of Arizona to keep more of their paychecks with a personal flat income tax rate of 2.5%.


Despite the teachers' union's efforts of getting the signatures needed for the referendum, the court properly ruled that this tax measure was constitutionally protected from the ballot because it is necessary for support and maintenance of the departments of the state government.


"This is a big victory for the taxpayers of Arizona! Thanks to the Biden Administration's reckless spending, inflation is the highest it's been since 1981 at 8.5%. The average price for a gallon of gas in Arizona set a new record back in March at $4.69. The cost of just about every necessity in our daily lives is soaring, and unfortunately, wages aren't keeping up. We're happy to report that our fight to give money back to the men and women who keep our economy thriving was a success. We're also thankful for the ruling that shows special interest groups can't negate good policy that affects all Arizonans for their narrow-sighted agendas."


This historic income tax cut takes effect beginning this year and will continue phasing down through 2024.

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For more information, contact:

Kim Quintero

Director of Communications

Arizona State Senate Republican Caucus

kquintero@azleg.gov

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