Ducey pitches tax cut plan to Arizona business leaders

Gov. Doug Ducey, third from left, helps cut a ribbon Wednesday for the formal opening of the new U.S. headquarters of CP Technologies in Prescott. /Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services 

Unable to advance his proposed $1.9 billion permanent tax cut at the Capitol, Gov. Doug Ducey is now going public — or at least to business interests — in a bid to build public pressure.

Some of the numbers he is using in that sales pitch, however, are not quite accurate.

The governor on Thursday created a web site where individuals can sign up to show support. There already were a handful of names on the site as of early afternoon.

But Ducey also is taking his case directly to business owners. That included a telephone “town hall” Thursday afternoon where the governor, along with the two main legislative proponents of the tax-cut proposal, sought to make their case to, based on who was asking questions, were people who already in support.

It could be the business owners that have the most to gain. 

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