They Get it. They Really Get It
The biggest job the YES ON 100 campaign has is telling our story across Arizona. We feel like, if we just get out the facts about the seriousness of the state’s economic crisis, voters will understand that this temporary infusion of tax revenue isn’t just the right thing to do … it’s the only thing to do.
Because we believe in this story, it’s especially gratifying when we see people get it – as the Arizona Daily Star did in their lead editorial of Friday, March 12th. Beginning with a call for those who stand opposed to 100 – like our two US Senators – to come up with a plan to save the state, this nice piece of writing lays out a compelling case for YES ON 100.
The part we liked best?
Notwithstanding McCain and Kyl's opposition, the sales-tax proposal, known as Proposition 100, has brought together some unusual entities as supporters. Education groups have offered endorsements - as might be expected, as schools stand to lose tremendously if the budget crisis continues - but business groups and private companies have, too.
These supporters live in Arizona, do business in Arizona and see what is happening to our state. They see the closed highway rest stops and state parks, they see the effects of education cuts in their kids' schools, and they're affected by the reduced state spending on services residents usually take for granted, such as social services and public safety.
Organizations including the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the Arizona Transit Association, the Arizona Trucking Association, tribal leaders and myriad public-safety and student associations have thrown their support behind Proposition 100. These are groups that no doubt would disagree on many other issues, but they understand why Arizona needs this temporary sales tax - and that the state is out of options.
It is encouraging to see such a cross section of Arizonans join together in support of Proposition 100. Many of the supporters, including Gov. Jan Brewer, are predisposed to argue against tax increases - but they looked at the situation in Arizona, weighed the evidence and came to the conclusion that Arizona needs the tax increase to get through the crisis.
Arizona is at a perilous juncture where we can build for the future or let this budget crisis decimate the state. It's not enough to say "no" to new taxes - we need real options for bringing in revenue, because cutting and cutting won't be enough.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
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