By Mary Jo Pitzl | Arizona Republic
A bill that would have eliminated city-imposed rental taxes was quickly jettisoned Thursday through a veto from Gov. Katie Hobbs, who said it provided no guarantee of savings for renters.
It was the first tax-cut legislation to meet the Democratic governor’s veto stamp, but likely not the last. At least four other bills that propose cuts in the sales or income tax are working their way through the Legislature, most of them with only Republican support.
The rental-tax bill was part of a Republican plan to lessen the strain of inflation on Arizonans’ wallets.
“We should not be targeting and harassing renters just because they’re renters,” Sen. Steve Kaiser, R-Phoenix, said at a Feb. 16 news conference. “It’s terrible tax policy in that it targets one group of people.”