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Arizona Limiting State Appropriations Amendment, Proposition 101 (1978)

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Arizona Limiting State Appropriations Amendment, also known as Proposition 101, was on the November 7, 1978 election ballot in Arizona as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. It was approved.[1]

Election results

Proposition 101
Approveda Yes 382,174 78.2%
These results are from the Arizona elections department.

Text of measure

Official title

A concurrent resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Arizona relating to public debt, revenue and taxation; limiting state appropriations to a percentage of state personal income; providing for the establishment of an economic estimates commission; prescribing powers and duties; providing for adjustments.[1][2]

Descriptive title

Amending the Arizona Constitution, Article IX by adding section 17 establishing an Economic Estimates Commission to determine the personal income total for the following fiscal year. Legislative appropriations shall be limited to 7% of total personal income. Appropriations in excess must be approved by two- thirds of each house.

A " yes" vote shall have the effect of limiting legislative appropriations to 7% of total personal income as determined by the Economic Estimates Commission.

A " no" vote shall have the effect of not placing a 7% total personal income limit on the legislative appropriations process.[1][2]


The summary from the Legislative Council for this measure was:

Proposition 101 would amend the Constitution of Arizona to limit the amount of state revenues available for legislative appropriation to 7 percent of the estimated total personal income in the state during each fiscal year. This spending ceiling could be exceeded only by approval of two­thirds of the membership of each house of the Legislature on each appropriation. This amendment would also establish a three-member Economic Estimates Commission to determine the estimated total personal income. in the state for use in computing the annual legislative appropriation ceiling.

Enabling statutory law would provide that the Commission consist of the Director of the Department of Revenue as chairman plus one person appointed by the President of the Senate and another by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The appointive members would be required to be knowledgeable in economics. No commission member could be a member of the Legislature.

For the purposes of the limitation, state tax revenues would be defined by law to include state taxes, licenses, fees and permits levied and collected for use by the state. The spending limitation would not, however, apply to taxes collected by the state for distribution to counties and municipalities or to enumerated miscellaneous revenue including grants, gifts, contributions, special funds, sales, services, dividends and interest. This proposition would also require adjustments to be made in the spending limitation percentage in the event of a transfer of the cost of any governmental function or program between the federal and state governments or between the state and its political subdivisions. Upon a transfer, the spending limitation percentage would be increased or decreased to reflect the resulting change in fiscal burdens between the governmental levels involved.

While this proposition would affect state government spending of revenues collected from all state taxes, it would not increase or decrease any particular tax.[1][2]

Full text

The full text of the legislation proposed by this proposition is available here.

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Arguments in favor of this measure can be found here.


Arguments in opposition to this measure can be found here.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 National Conference of State Legislators, ballot measure database," accessed January 3, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.