Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Ever feel as if you live in an alternate universe? The stock market is in freefall, the entertainment and tourist industries are a disaster, and Italy is in lockdown, all as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. Our state will soon see falling revenues, rising unemployment and extreme pressure put on our health care system.
Yet our governor and his fellow Republicans are pushing tax cuts through the Legislature, acting as if all is well with the world. Now is the time to be conservative with the state’s money. We are fortunate to have a billion-dollar reserve fund, but that may not be enough to meet our citizens’ needs during this crisis and ensure a robust recovery after it ends. We need all the spending flexibility we can garner now and in the near future. That is why I feel it is foolish to consider any tax cuts this session. I urge the governor and the Legislature to postpone any action on tax cuts and review the issue next year. The stakes are too high to do otherwise.