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Our Endorsement: No on Prop. 100

Proposition 100 goes by the name “Protect Our Homes.” But what it really would do is further disable a Legislature that already operates under several handicaps.

It should be rejected.

The proposition sounds innocent: It would prohibit any government from charging any new tax on the sale or transfer of property. There are no such taxes now, and this would forever preclude them.

We don’t necessarily believe such taxes should be imposed. But we also do not believe the state constitution should be amended to permanently ban consideration of any single revenue source.

One of the reasons the recession has been so severe in Arizona is the state’s over-reliance on sales taxes. It would be fiscally prudent to reduce the sales tax and increase other taxes by an equal amount.

But that won’t happen. The state constitution requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to increase any tax – a political impossibility.

We can’t anticipate future situations. Leave options open. The Tucson Citizen urges a “no” vote on Prop. 100.

Citizen Online Archive, 2006-2009

This archive contains all the stories that appeared on the Tucson Citizen's website from mid-2006 to June 1, 2009.

In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive. Also, a server that contained all of the databases for dozens of stories was accidentally erased, so all of those links are broken as well. However, all of the text and photos that accompanied some stories have been preserved.

For all of the stories that were archived by the Tucson Citizen newspaper's library in a digital archive between 1993 and 2009, go to Morgue Part 2

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