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Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, September 7, 2012
Arizona Free Enterprise Club President Steve Voeller noted that many Prop. 100 backers, such as the chambers of commerce, ATRA, Shultz and Brewer herself, are all opposed to Prop. 204.
The Arizona Republic
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Robert Robb
After the discrepancy was pointed out by the vigilant tax wonks at the Arizona Tax Research Association, Secretary of State Ken Bennett rejected the signatures filed for the electronic version. Given state law and historical customs and practices, he really had no choice.
Arizona Capitol Reports
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
“So, you’ve got an initiative that the state’s budget office says, ‘The centerpiece of it – [that] money is gone in five years,’” ATRA president Kevin McCarthy told our reporter yesterday.
Arizona Republic
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Laurie Roberts
Kevin McCarthy is executive director of the Arizona Tax Research Association, the outfit that spotted the discrepancy a few weeks ago while doing opposition research. The error may be clerical, he says, but it’s substantial.
Green Valley News and Sun
Saturday, June 30, 2012
The Arizona Tax Research Association discovered the difference, which in the online version states that if more than $1.5 billion is raised by the 1-cent sales tax, $350 million would be allocated to higher education programs.
Arizona Capitol Reports
Friday, June 29, 2012
McCarthy said for the Quality Education and Jobs Committee to say the two-version error was a “hyper-technicality” is to “suggest people don’t care about the actual wording of initiatives.”
Arizona Daily Star
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tim Steller
Regardless, McCarthy says, the big problem with the initiative is that it imposes "ballot-box budgeting" on the Legislature by requiring where the revenue must flow.
AZ Capitol Times
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Luige del Puerto
Kevin McCarthy, president of the Arizona Tax Research Association, said his group found out there was two versions of the ballot language when it did its analysis using a copy of the initiative language it downloaded from the Quality Education and Jobs campaign website.
CBS 5 Arizona
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Jason Barry
According to McCarthy, the missing paragraphs change how hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent. "The permanence is associated with not only the tax, but appropriations and tying legislators' hands forever," said McCarthy. "Recent memories demonstrated that's really a bad idea."
The Arizona Republic
Monday, June 25, 2012
Mary Jo Pitzl
ATRA's group's analysis shows the version circulated to voters would deprive K-12 education of millions of dollars a year after the 1 cent per dollar tax collected more than $1.1 billion in any given year.

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