Tax cut plan good, but what about the budget plan?

Needless to say, I was very excited earlier this week when I heard that the Arizona House Republicans had a plan.  “Finally!” I said to myself, “Maybe someone is going to get something done about this budget debacle and start moving on to fix the state.”

From the look of their plan, it looks like they are going to skip over A completely and move right to B.  The plan that was proposed is a sweeping set of tax cuts, aimed at creating jobs and attracting new industries to Arizona.  A noble idea to be sure, but it does leave one question, what about the mess we’re in right now?  I understand that attracting business is going to be the key for our long term growth, but they aren’t moving here tomorrow.  And even if they were, they aren’t generating $1.5 billion in the next six months and over $3 billion in taxes next year.

If their plan sounds familiar, it is.  From the sound of it, its virtually the same package of tax cuts that we’re proposed last year along with the temporary increase in the sales tax.  Now, they are presenting only half the package, which is like presenting all of the frosting, but forgetting to bake a cake.

Don’t get me wrong, I think their plan to reduce taxes and make Arizona business friendly is an important part of our path to prosperity.  I have nothing against the plan and think it should be a major part of our long-term goals now.  However, I do have to say that it is a convenient distraction to draw the true focus away from the daunting budget picture that kicks off this election year.

So what’s the plan to fix the budget right now?  More cuts?  I’m sure the “close the deal” fund will work well when the employees pass by all of the closed rest areas when they move their families into the state.  I’m sure CEOs will be lining up to move their executives here when Arizona is struggling to provide public safety and education to our children.

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