Arizona Spending Limit Amendment (2012)
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An Arizona Spending Limit Amendment did not make the 2012 statewide ballot in the state of Arizona as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. Four different measures had been filed in Arizona 2011 state legislative session pertaining to this topic. The measures were designed to curb state spending by state lawmakers. Legislators were given the option to decide which of the four proposals, if any, should have been placed on the ballot.
One proposal would have linked new state budgets to the revenue collected in taxes the year before. The second measure would have lowered the constitutional limit on state spending. The third would have implemented statutory spending caps. Finally, the last measure would have put in place a process for legislators to follow if they wanted to spend outside of limits in place.
- State Senator Andy Biggs was a sponsor of one of the measures, SCR 1019. Biggs stated his measure would have provided room for growth while lowering the spending limit to 6.4 percent of total personal income of everyone living in the state.
- State Senator Frank Antenori also introduced a proposal to reduce spending. His proposal was SCR 1026.
Path to the ballot
A majority vote is required in the Arizona State Legislature to send a constitutional amendment to the ballot. Arizona is one of ten states that allow a referred amendment to go on the ballot after a majority vote in one session of the state's legislature.