Arizona Two-thirds For Taxes Amendment, Proposition 108 (1992)
The Arizona Two-thirds For Taxes Amendment, also known as Proposition 108, was a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot in Arizona, which was approved in the statewide election on November 3, 1992.
- This proposed amendment to Article IX requires a two-thirds vote of the legislature for passage and three-fourths vote to override a governor's veto of any legislation increasing state revenue through taxation.
|Arizona Proposition 108 (1992)|
Official results via: State of Arizona Official Canvass
Text of measure
The text of the ballot read:
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Proposed amendment to the constitution by the initiative
Amending the Arizona Constitution to require a two-thirds vote of the legislature for passage, and a three-fourths vote to override a governor's veto, of any legislation that would provide a net increase in state revenues through certain changes in taxes, tax rates, tax deductions, fees or assessments.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Arizona:
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Those in support of the amendment include:
- Arizona Farm Bureau Federation
- National Federation of Independent Business/Arizona
- The Lincoln Caucus
- IT'S TIME!
- ENOUGH! Repeal the Tax Increase
Arguments in favor of the amendment include:
- The proposition will make tax hikes more difficult to pass in what some say is one of the highest taxed states in the nation.
Arguments in opposition of the amendment include:
- Taxes are increased only in the face of necessity, and this proposition will make raising taxes extremely difficult in emergency situations.
- In a budget shortfall the state legislature can shift costs to local governments with a majority vote, raising local taxes instead of state taxes.
- It would cause some politicians to hold out on voting for a tax increase until their spending bills are addressed, effectively raising taxes more.
- If a tax increase passed with a two-thirds vote, the voters would not be allowed to submit the act to a referendum.