The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing and systemic wounds in our communities that will take real investment, long-term attention and care to heal. Even amidst a “normal” economy over the years, lawmakers deprived Arizonans of more than $5 billion, and we can’t afford to go back to a normal that never worked for us.
Over the years, our hard-earned dollars have been taken from basic human services like childcare, education, affordable housing, parks and public lands–depriving Arizona families of the basic opportunity to thrive. Arizona's families deserve to thrive and prosper, not lose sleep over an out of control rent payment or feeding their children. The relief we deserve extends far beyond the current pandemic. Funding the things that will help Arizonans thrive is crucial, yet when all types of state and local taxes are combined – income, sales and property – families with income in the bottom fifth pay more than twice what families in the top 1% do.
For every $100 of income, $12.95 is taken from the bottom 5%
compared to only $5.91 from the top 1%.
THIS IS WRONG.
That’s why we demand politicians and big corporations start investing in people. Most Arizona Corporations pay just $50 or less in taxes a year, while hardworking families struggle to make ends meet. Even when factoring in changes, tax cuts since 1990 have cost the people billions. And the tax-cutting streak - at the expense of families - continued with state lawmakers passing $400 million in new, permanent tax cuts in 2019.
WE KNOW WE CAN DO THIS.
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Arizona voters approved Proposition 208, the Invest in Education Act to increase funding for K-12 public education through an income tax surcharge on the state’s highest earners. The people are ready for Arizona to change course. It’s far past time to increase our public resources and direct them to these common sense People First priorities.