Republicans in the Arizona Legislature are pushing a series of large and small tax cuts as revenues soar and money from new tax collections on out-of-state internet sales comes in higher than expected.
The biggest tax cut plans making their way through the House of Representatives were debated Wednesday in the Ways and Means Committee. They include a $100 million a year property tax cut for commercial and residential properties and a proposal to cut income taxes and eliminate a vehicle license fee that would cost $161 million in the first year. Both passed over Democratic opposition. The cuts to county property tax rates that fund schools would be backfilled by state cash.
The proposals are in addition to the $45 million tax break for retired military personnel Gov. Doug Ducey proposed in his $12.3 billion state spending plan last month.
Minority Democrats are strongly opposed to most of the measures, saying schools and other state needs make it ill-advised to enact more tax cuts.