ATRA in the News: Most Recent Articles

Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, March 1, 2019
Sean McCarthy

There’s nothing quite like the bipartisan schadenfreude experienced when the hubris of politicians leads to a failed business incentive deal.

Heartland Institute
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Bonner Cohen, Kenneth Artz

The authority of ABOR to abate taxes on commercial developments through these deals is questionable, says Sean McCarthy. “We’re in strong agreement with the AG that there is a real legal question as to whether the universities have the authority to abate taxes in this matter,” said McCarthy.

Phoenix Business Journal
Friday, January 25, 2019
Corina Vanek

Sean McCarthy of ATRA, which opposed the bill at the time, said even though Novus follows what the law allows for an athletic facilities district, the group remains “philosophically opposed” to the idea because it diverts property taxes away from local governments and school districts.

The Arizona Republic
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Rachel Leingang

The Arizona Tax Research Association has criticized ASU's real estate arrangements, saying they hurt local governments and other taxpayers. Marina Heights, for instance, avoided about $12 million in property taxes, ATRA said in 2017.

ASU State Press
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Grace Oldham

Brnovich is not alone in the criticism against the University's practice of renting land to for-profit businesses. The Arizona Tax Research Association spoke against the practice in a special report released in 2017.

Chamber Business News
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Megan Gilbertson

“Taxpayers should expect to see higher property taxes because rising K-12 budgets mean higher costs for overrides, which are calculated on a percentage of budget." -Sean McCarthy

National Review
Thursday, November 8, 2018
George Leef

In yesterday’s Martin Center article, Sean McCarthy of the Arizona Tax Research Association explains how this has been done in his state, with Arizona State University providing the tax-exempt basis for business development.

The Arizona Republic
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Paulina Pineda

Kevin McCarthy, president of the Arizona Tax Research Association, said politicians who make the jump from a lower-paid position to a higher-paid job to boost their pensions strain the state’s already overburdened retirement system.