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[OP-ED] The high-tax end run around the Arizona Constitution

(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Ann Siner of My Sister’s Closet and Judge John Buttrick in their litigation efforts against 208.)

By Dan Quayle and Jon Kyl | Wall Street Journal

Much of the dust has settled from the 2020 election, but in Arizona one legal battle is just beginning. It’s a fight over the largest tax increase in the state’s history, and it’s a cautionary tale for the rest of the country—or at least for those who care about protecting their states from an onslaught of job-killing progressive policies.

That fight centers on Proposition 208, a ballot initiative that imposes a billion-dollar tax hike. It nearly doubles the income taxes imposed on small businesses and individuals making more than $250,000 a year, raising the marginal rate from 4.5% to 8%, with the funds supposedly going to education (though there’s no guarantee that will actually happen). What is certain is that the tax will have disastrous economic consequences, including the loss of more than 100,000 jobs and a significant drop in revenue to local and state coffers, according to a study published by the Goldwater Institute.

Late last month, a coalition of legislators, taxpayers, and small-business groups filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 208. The Arizona Constitution clearly limits how the state can raise and spend money on education. Proposition 208 attempts to evade those limits.


Help fund the litigation effort of a small business owner and retired Judge in challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 208.

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