Letters to editor logo 1-18-21

Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

Grover Norquist famously pined for “government so small it could be drowned in a bathtub." One of his strategies for government incapable of providing vital services is to implement a flat income tax. Arizona Republicans are now seriously considering this nightmare for our state without holding any public debate or impact hearings.

The flat tax is being sold to uninformed and unsuspecting voters as being both fair and simple. In truth, however, this malicious plan is unfair to working and vulnerable families and is quite simply a fiscal disaster. The flat tax has a history we can easily fact-check. Kansas implemented it and quickly became mired in red ink and cutbacks to public safety and health services — Arizona should not follow that path.

An analysis by the non-partisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy concludes the top 20% of taxpayers will receive 90% of the benefit. Arizona cities would lose an estimated $225M in annual revenue, resulting in cuts to services across the board. Statewide rollbacks would likely impact public education, first responders and infrastructure modernization. This could actually lead to defunding the police!

2020 proved that big problems need big solutions. Kneecapping the state’s ability to properly serve its citizens is not only shortsighted, it’s dangerous. Arizona needs to attract people and business investment with a renewed infrastructure and quality education, not a Trojan Horse tax plan that bankrupts and drowns the state and cities.

Tell your state legislators to drop any consideration of the flat income tax plan that has been proven to be a complete failure!

Carole Clark

Chair Emeritus

Democrats of Casa Grande

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