[OP-ED] Sen. J.D. Mesnard found a clever way to gut Proposition 208’s high income tax rate

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

By Robert Robb | Arizona Republic

On tax policy, state Sen. J.D. Mesnard is as skilled and well-versed a legislator as has been seen in many a decade.

And darn if he isn’t moving through the Legislature a bill that would largely gut Proposition 208’s high income tax rate without running afoul of the state Constitution’s Voter Protection Act.

Proposition 208 imposed a surcharge on incomes over $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for joint returns. The surcharge would put Arizona’s maximum rate at 8%, one of the highest in the country.

During the campaign, there was a debate about the effect Proposition 208 would have on small businesses. There were distortions on both sides, although consequentially more so by proponents.


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