Dear Arizona Taxpayer,
Several important bills are making their way through the Legislature right now. We need you to take action today to make sure our Legislators listen to the taxpayers–not to the spending lobbies and the government employee unions.
Arizona needs Truth in Spending!
Senate Bill 1275, the Truth in Spending reform bill, has passed the Senate and now goes to the House! (See which Senators voted Yes and which voted No by going here.) SB 1275 would require a special vote if the Legislature wants to increase state spending at a rate that is faster than the rate of growth of state population plus inflation, and would increase budget transparency by requiring the Legislature to give the public two weeks’ notice before holding a public hearing on the budget. To learn more about Truth in Spending, click here.
(Action link at bottom.)
Save Money in Municipal Government!
HB 2826 — Moving Municipal Elections to November of Even Years — HB 2826, which is going to the floor soon in the House (maybe as soon as March 1), would promote higher turnout and greater input by taxpayers, curb the dominance of spending interests in local politics, and save municipalities money by consolidating elections with the general cycle.
Rein in the power of government employee unions!
Four important bills would put a leash on Arizona’s powerful government-worker unions:
SB 1484 — Paycheck Protection for Government Employees — SB 1484, which has passed the Senate (see the votes here) and now goes to the House, Prohibits government employers from taking money from employee’s paychecks for union activities without express annual authorization.
SB 1485 — Prohibition on Government Collective Bargaining — This bill would prohibits government employers from engaging in collective bargaining (including “meet and confer”) with government unions–but is meeting with stern resistance from the unions who live off your tax dollars.
SB 1486 — Prohibition on Government Union Release Time — This reform, which has passed the Senate (see votes here), would prohibit government employers from paying employees to do union activities on the taxpayer dime.
SB 1487 — Prohibition on Withholding of Dues for Government Unions — Prohibits government employers from withholding any portion of public employee wages to pay for labor organization dues. This bill is meeting stern resistance from the tax-takers.
These important pro-taxpayer bills will be heading soon to floor votes. Please help us rein in government spending and put a leash on Arizona’s powerful government unions by sending an email to your state Legislators in support of these bills. (Don’t worry about sending an email to Legislators about a bill that has already passed their chamber–a bill often comes back to its original chamber for another vote, with amendments.) TAKE ACTION HERE.
To learn more about AFP-Arizona’s 2012 Legislative Agenda, click here, or go to www.aztaxpayers.org and click on the agenda link at top right.
Please send your friends and family members to this page!
Americans for Prosperity