The Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity (formerly the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers) serves the hard-working taxpayers of the Grand Canyon state by organizing grassroots support for the following policy initiatives:
Imposing strict spending limits on government. Our state and local politicians routinely raise spending to unsustainable levels, and then come back to taxpayers for more money. You and your family live under a strict spending limit, and so should your government. To achieve strong economic growth, we cannot allow government to grow faster than the private economy.
Passing balanced budgets. Arizona’s state government should not be in debt, and it should not use accounting gimmicks. When the government has spent money at unsustainable levels, the only solution is to reduce spending.
Cutting income taxes. That money is your money, and Arizona’s state government wastes far too much of it. We need to keep cutting tax rates. That includes the job-killing corporate income tax, the cost of which is passed on to Arizona’s workers, consumers, and business owners.
Reducing property tax levies. Your property is one of your family’s most important investments, and rapid increases in tax levies threaten your financial well-being. Property taxes are essentially wealth taxes on families and businesses.
Expanding school choice. Until we bring real competition to our public
school system, the bureaucrats will continue to waste our tax money and provide inadequate education for our children. AFP Arizona is proud to support the development of high-quality charter schools, the expansion of Arizona’s tuition tax credits and the expansion of the Arizona Empowerment Account education savings accounts.
Supporting free-market health care, not socialized medicine. We must keep families and workers from being absorbed into government-subsidized health care (which is rapidly becoming government-run health care). One of the best ways is to allow Arizona citizens to enroll in competing health insurance plans offered in the other 49 states. Another way to greatly expand health care price transparency, so that consumers can shop around for high-quality services and drive down medical prices.
Privatizing state functions. Nearly every function performed by government costs twice as much as it would if that function were performed by the private sector. AFP Arizona is working with state legislative leaders to privatize various state functions and to thereby save taxpayers billions of dollars in the coming years.
Reducing burdensome regulations on Arizona businesses. Bureaucratic regulations at the state and local levels stifle competition and increase the cost of goods and services for consumers.
Prohibiting the use of taxpayer money for lobbying. AFP Arizona is also pushing to strengthen the Arizona Constitution’s ban on gifts (“corporate welfare”) from government to the private sector.
Imposing transparency laws on all levels of Arizona government, so that citizens can go online and view the amounts and specific vendors for all disbursements.