PHOENIX – Arizona Republican Senator Paul Boyer disagrees with his party’s $ 12.8 billion state budget for the coming year.
âThe biggest concern is the scope and permanence of the $ 1.9 billion flat tax that would have a significant impact on the Arizonans for, really, decades to come,â Boyer said. KTAR News 92.3 FM.
Boyer, R-Glendale, noted that a two-thirds vote would be needed in the state legislature to raise taxes again.
“And so in a few years, if there is an economic downturn, if we need it, it would be extremely difficult to increase our income,” he said.
The budget negotiated between Governor Doug Ducey and Republican House and Senate leaders would impose a 2.5% fixed income tax that equates to a loss of $ 1.9 billion in state revenue once in place in three years.
Boyer said he feared it would mean less money for towns and villages. They are estimated to lose $ 285 million per year in state tax revenue.
On Wednesday, he met with the governor’s office as well as members of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns to demand an increase in the share of income tax revenues that cities receive.
âI offered 19%. Right now it’s at 15%, âBoyer said. “They told me 19% was not a starter.”
The Republican state legislator also believes that now is not the right time to cut revenues because the state still has many needs to meet, starting with debt repayment.
One of those debts he pointed out is the $ 930 million “renewal” payment the state owes to K-12 public schools.
Boyer added that he sees a need for more targeted investments for the state’s higher education system and for adults who do not have a high school diploma or GED.
“If we’re going to create all of these new jobs, if we’re going to bring all of these companies into the state of Arizona with our tax-efficient system, then we have to have the educated workforce to fill those jobs.” he said.
On Thursday, the Senate adjourned until June 10 without voting on the state’s budget plan. The House did the same the day before.