This fall, the good citizens of Arizona will be voting on, among other things, a State constitutional amendment that would make it more difficult to increase State taxes.
If passed it would amend the state constitution to require a 60% majority to raise taxes through any future referendum. Current law requires a two-thirds majority to raise taxes through legislation but only a simple majority to do so by plebiscite.
State Representative Tim Dunn (R), who led the effort to get this onto November’s ballot:
When you have something that you can’t change without going back to the voters, I think we should have overwhelming support.
As The Wall Street Journal put it,
A 60% threshold ensures broad consensus before rates can be raised by referendum.
The point is to make it harder for Arizona to join states that raise taxes as a first fiscal resort rather than examine spending.