Gov. Ducey Defends Claim Flat Tax Will Save Average Arizonan $300 A Year

By Jill Ryan
Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
Published: Friday, July 9, 2021 - 7:33am
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey delivers his State of the State address on Jan. 14, 2019.

Gov. Doug Ducey is defending his promotion of a flat income tax rate as saving the average Arizonan $300 a year, even though legislative budget staffers say 72% of state residents will see a benefit of less than $45, and more than half will see no more than $17.

The flat tax is facing opposition through petition drives to give voters the final say. But Ducey rejected questions about whether that $300 figure is misleading. 

“Of course, in this political environment you're not going to please everyone. And we're going to let the process play out while at the same time making sure that we're doing everything we can to effect: keeping Arizona the most attractive and competitive state in the nation," Ducey said. 

More than 118,000 valid petition signatures are needed by Sept. 28 to put the Ducey-promoted tax cut on hold until the November 2022 election.

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