Another Reprieve for the People of Arizona; Republicans fail to pass their Budget Tax Cut for the Rich in the State House

The People of Arizona can breathe a sigh of relief.

For now.

In their latest attempt to ram through their payday for the rich in the State House of Representatives, Republican leadership, after loading the budget bill with reactionary measures (like taking away mask-wearing mandates in schools and making it illegal for instructors to teach controversial topics like the truth of American History) and token spending cuts (election misinformation guru Jake Hoffman introduced a failed measure to reduce the increase in unemployment benefits,) failed to find enough of their own party to pass the regressive tax cut measures through that chamber.

The lone Republican holdout was Legislative District (LD) Eight State Representative David Cook who, with all the Democrats, voted against the proposed budget that contained a $1.5 billion tax cut for the wealthy.

According to reporting by the Associated Press, Mr. Cook, who does support a smaller tax cut than the $1.5 billion flat one, said:

“As a conservative Republican with a consistent conservative voting record, I believe we need not mirror the federal government and continue with the borrowing and debt. Paying off our financial obligations as a state before spending more money is a Republican value I have encouraged my fellow lawmakers to consider before casting their vote.”

In the debate prior to the crucial vote, leading Democrats like Ways and Means Ranking Member Mitzi Epstein (from LD 18) railed against the Republican tax cut proposals, stating they were fiscally dangerous and unrealistic and that they did nothing to help the vast majority of the people of the Grand Canyon State.

She posted on social media:

The Republicans also appear to lack the votes to pass the budget and tax cut in the Arizona Senate where LD 20 Paul Boyer has not been convinced this is the right conservative fiscal plan for the state.

There are 23 days left in the fiscal year.

Republicans should probably realize their dream to make Arizona the next Kansas (which Cook brought up in an exchange with Tax Cut zealot Ben Toma) appears to be dead and that they should negotiate a viable budget with the Democrats that move the state forward and pays for vital priorities like schools, law enforcement, and children’s health care.

Unfortunately, people can not count on the forces of imbecilic reactionism giving up on their trickle-down pipe dream yet. They never give up despite what history and reality has shown.

More to follow with the State Legislature reconvenes this Thursday.

 

 

3 thoughts on “Another Reprieve for the People of Arizona; Republicans fail to pass their Budget Tax Cut for the Rich in the State House”

  1. The arrogance of the majority needs to be challenged by the people of this state. Those 30 don’t work for you, remember that. Its disgusting. Shame on Bowers, shame on Cobb, shame on those 30.

  2. So I read this on Rawstory today:

    “Arizona GOP state Rep. David Cook had a busy Monday battling his own party on fiscal policy as firefighters worked to save his home from a massive forest fire that has already burned more than 50,000 acres.

    Despite the Telegraph Fire threatening his home, Cook traveled to the state Capitol to block a $1.9 billion tax cut, warning it result in a debacle like in Kansas after the state’s disastrous experimentation with far-right economics.

    “I am convinced that federal COVID relief money has created a false economy,” Cook told the Arizona Star. “And I believe it’s prudent to take some time to ensure we don’t send the state off of a fiscal cliff.””

    Before I get back to what I assume is disagreeing with him on probably 90% of everything else, I would like to offer a thank you.

    Thank you, David Cook.

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