Friday, February 01, 2008

Please Let Me Pay You While You Steal from Me: AZ Senate Bill 1009

Jim Ehl

It boggles the mind why the tax payer must pay for lobbyist.

----- Original Message -----
From: Tom Jenney, Arizona Federation of Taxpayers
To: Jim Ehl
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 12:02 PM
Subject: Alert: No $$ for Lobbyists, Property Tax Reform Hearing

January 30, 2008 -- Action Alert

Hearing on Property Tax Reform Initiatives

This Monday, Feb. 4 th, in House Hearing Room 1, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee will hold a special joint hearing on property tax reform measures, including the Arizona Tax Revolt and Prop 13 Arizona initiatives. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee will make a presentation on the fiscal impact of the various initiatives on all levels of Arizona government—and the potential savings to taxpayers. The hearing could last until noon.

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Contact: Tom Jenney, (602) 478-0146 or by e-mail, vc@aztaxpayers.org

Monday at the Legislature:

No Taxpayer Money for Lobbyists goes to Senate Government Committee

This Monday, February 4 th, the No Taxpayer Money for Lobbyists bill, SCR 1009, is the top item on the agenda of the Senate Government Committee, which is scheduled to meet at 1:30 p.m. in Senate Hearing Room 3.

If passed by the Legislature during the current session, SCR 1009 would allow voters in November to prohibit the use of public funds (taxpayer money) for lobbying, while safeguarding the ability of public agencies, departments, boards, commissions, and political subdivisions to provide expert testimony and information to members of the Legislature.

URL for SCR 1009 bill language: http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=SCR1009

If you can make it down to the Legislature, the hearing should be quite a spectacle. There will likely be dozens, if not hundreds, of lobbyists there, most of them using your tax dollars to argue against losing access to your tax dollars—which they use to ask the Legislature for even more tax dollars!

If you cannot make it on Monday, please send a quick email to the Committee members to encourage them to allow SCR 1009 to move forward. We want to see a floor vote on the bill, so we can find out where our state Senators stand.

Senate Government Committee members:

Sen. Robert Blendu (R-12), rblendu@azleg.gov

Sen. Meg Burton Cahill (D-17), mburtoncahill@azleg.gov

Sen. Jake Flake (R-5), jflake@azleg.gov

Sen. Jorge Luis Garcia (D-27), jgarcia@azleg.gov

Sen. Linda Gray (R-10), lgray@azleg.gov (Thanks to Sen. Gray—this is her bill!)

Sen. Jack W. Harper (R-4), jharper@azleg.gov (He is the Committee Chairman)

Sen. Charlene Pesquiera (D-26), cpesquiera@azleg.gov

At the Arizona Republican Party’s mandatory meeting on Saturday, state committeemen voted overwhelmingly to support SCR 1009.

URL for resolution language in support of SCR 1009:

http://www.americansforprosperity.org/index.php?id=4794&state=az

Contact: Tom Jenney, Arizona state director, Americans for Prosperity

tjenney@afphq.org (602) 478-0146

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