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Maricopa County L.P. stances on Ballot Propositions

Written by Subject: Politics: General Activism

1) Prop 100: Protect Our Homes - YES

This measure prevents the legislature from enacting a real-estate transfer tax. A real-estate transfer tax, something which currently does not exist in Arizona (but is being proposed in Tucson) would require that the seller of their home pay a tax at the time of the sale. While we obviously wouldn't support a new tax of any type, one such as this comes at a particularly bad time. When the real-estate market is slow, the last thing we need to do is put additional burden on those trying to sell their homes and it is immoral to impose taxes on the fruits of people's labor which is what this tax does.

2) Prop 101: Medical Choice for Arizona - YES

With all the talk about "universal" health care, and single-payer systems, this initiative couldn't come at a better time. Prop 101 will ensure that Arizonans will always have a choice on where to secure their health care needs so that any proposed single-payer system (one that would prevent consumer choice, by law) would not be enforceable. Under this ballot question, if a single-payer system is enacted in Arizona, Arizonans have the right to opt-out of it.

3) Prop 102: Marriage Protection Amendment - NO

The name is fancy, but what it essentially does is modify the state constitution to define "marriage" as between one man and one woman, effectively outlawing relationships that don't fit into this guideline (i.e. preventing the existence of gay marriage). Marriage is a private act between consenting adults and, short of resolving disputes in divorce or child custody procedings, government should not have any involvement in marriage whatsoever.

4) Prop 105: Majority Rules - YES

This proposition would require that any future ballot initiatives require a majority of eligible electors (not just those voting) to pass the initiative if it would require a tax increase. Arizona state government follows an elaborate system of checks and balances as outlined in the state constitution designed to prevent acts of tyranny. Despite the flaw of allowing the legislature to be able to refer a measure that would enact a new tax or spending measure to the ballot by a simple majority vote of both houses (which should be closed) this referendum would make it more difficult for special interest groups to use ballot initiatives to enact new taxes and spending initiatives when voter turnout is low.

5) Prop 200: Payday Loan Reform Act - NO

The Stop Payday Loans Initiative was introduced earlier this year, which would have abolished all payday loans in Arizona. So the Payday Loan Reform Act was introduced by the payday loan industry as a compromise to appease the former group and to be able to challenge their claims. However, the Stop Payday Loans Initiative supporters didn't collect enough signatures to make it to the ballot. So now we're left with a single initiative that would restrict the payday loan industry, which the industry itself introduced. The Maricopa County Libertarian Party opposes this initiative because it's a restraint on an industry that exists and operates only because of the voluntary use of that business by it's customers and that relationship should remain as such.

6) Prop 201: Homeowners Bill of Rights - NO

This initiative specifically puts a burden on home-builders requiring that they provide services that their customers aren't demanding. Naturally, this is going to increase the cost of new homes, even for those who have no interest in receiving the supposed benefit that this initiative provides.

7) Prop 202: Stop Illegal Hiring - NO

Immigration has become a contentious issue among voters, and especially in Arizona being that we're a border state. This country was built on immigrants that wanted to come here and were hard-working. We find it difficult to believe that Arizonans now or ever want to turn those same hard-working individuals away and we do not advocate measures to do so. Understandably, many immigrants enter into our country without going throught he proper process, primarily because the process is extremely time-consuming and costly. The correct solution is to simplify the immigration and naturalization process so that others who want to work and contribute to our society can do so within days or maybe weeks, but not years or decades. The solution is liberalize the U.S.'s immigration process and not to attack the employers, like this initiative does, that provide jobs for both American citizens as well as hard-working immigrants.

8) Prop 300: State Legislator Salaries - NO

This would increase Arizona state legislator salaries from $24,000 annually to $30,000. The present membership of the Arizona legislature has created a budget that puts us in the red $1.7 billion dollars violating the state constitution requirement of a balanced budget which could potentially mean new and more taxes down the line as well as leading to more people pursuing more careers in politics rather than serving in the state legislature as a part time job. Based on these points, we do not believe that Arizona legislators deserve a payraise.

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