This coming Tuesday, January 31, the pro-taxpayer Truth-in-Spending reform bill will be considered in the Senate Appropriations Committee.Senate Bill 1275, sponsored by SenatorSteve Smith(R-Pinal County), would require a special vote if the Legislature wants to increase state spending at a rate that is faster than the rate of growthof state population plus inflation. The bill is also a government transparency measure, and would require the Legislature to give the public two weeks' notice before holding a public hearing to allow for taxpayer input before the vote.
Truth-in-Spending will serve as a "speed bump" for future Legislators--letting them know when spending growth outpaces the ability of the state economy to pay for that spending. Asthis chartshows, if Arizona had stuck to a spending limit based on population plus inflation ("TABOR") since 2003, our deficit problems would not have reached the crisis proportions they reached during the past four years. Truth-in-Spending can help to keep Arizona from getting back on the spending roller coaster that destroyed state finances during the Napolitano years.
Whether or not you plan to attend the committee hearings, be sure to send the members short email notes indicating your support for the Truth-in-Spending bill, SB 1275. (Your note can be as simple as “Dear Senator X, Please vote YES on the SB 1275 Truth in Spending bill on Tuesday. We need budget restraint and budget transparency. Sincerely, Joe & Jane Taxpayer.”) The members’ emails are listed below. If you call, just leave short messages with members’ secretaries.
Here are the Senate Appropriations members who will hear the Truth-in-Spending bill on Tuesday, January 31 at 2:00 pm: