Representative Steve Court’s naive belief that given time and grooming he can get his dog to hunt is really touching. It’s going to take more than a spin-and-cosmetics campaign. If you doubt this, take a look at the letters to the editor in this morning’s Arizona Daily Star, or read the comments on line.
Not explicitly commented on has been the fact that Court’s proposal would do away with deductions, among them charitable deductions. The exact effect of this on the health, welfare, and quality of life of all Arizonans has not been calculated, but I can’t help but believe that it would be enormous as it could seriously impact charitable giving.
Slyly unmentioned in this legislation were tax credits, which apparently would be left untouched. Tax credits for gifts to schools (private and public) are direct write-offs from taxes owed. The wealthy can more easily afford them than can the folks who are barely scraping by, and they directly reduce money paid into the general fund…which supports public education.