Almost all of us want better schools, safer roads, improved health care, secure prisons, a strong safety net for those in need, and even a more intelligent and responsive state government. An almost equal amount of us don’t want to pay any additional taxes to achieve any of these worthy goals. We are on the horns of a dilemma!
Additional and/or improved services cost money.
Will we as a state stagnate, inch forward, or take gigantic steps forward to become one of the truly outstanding places for people to live, for families to prosper, and for quality of life issues to flourish?
Many of us that are proud to be in Arizona, hope that our second 100 years as a state are even more productive and successful than our first 100.
Where will the needed revenue come from for us to exceed our basic needs? Taxpayers and lawmakers need to open their economic eyes and realize that there is no free lunch and that we do indeed receive the services we pay for, be they exceptional or ordinary.
A positive increase in our quality of life will necessitate an increase of our revenue. Will we be brave and attempt to lead other states in quality of life issues or will we remain timid and stay in back of the pack?
Stay tuned as we face off against the horns of a dilemma.
Richard K. Meszar