WHAT IT WOULD DO: Amends the Arizona Constitution to require that any ballot measure that increases taxes pass by a majority of all registered voters—not just the voters who go out on Election Day. In 2006, for example, the proposition that raises cigarette taxes to pay for children’s programs would have had needed more than 80 percent of the vote to pass.
SUPPORTERS SAY: In their filing with the Secretary of State, supporters announced: “Currently, initiatives that increase taxes or spending can pass with approval from only a minority of qualified electors.”
OPPONENTS SAY: This would give a small minority of voters control over the majority of voters; 50 percent plus one vote should be enough to pass a measure in a democracy; this would make passing any tax increase, no matter how small or reasonable, absolutely impossible; whenever the anti-tax crowd gets tired of losing, they try to change the rules in their favor; this is flat-out nuts.
MAJOR FUNDING PROVIDED BY: Jason LeVecke, owner of a chain of Carl’s Jr. franchises; auto dealer Jim Click
TOTAL $$$ IN CONTRIBUTIONS: $471,000
TOTAL $$$ SPENT: $138,136
Campaign finance totals reflect activity through May 31. A list of more recent contributions and expenditures of greater than 10K can be found here.
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