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3/26/2012 6:01:00 AM
Taxes, Brewer recall among new initiatives
Governor Jan Brewer
Governor Jan Brewer

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

Three new organizations have filed controversial initiatives with the Secretary of State's Office in the last few months. One group is asking to continue the one-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in May 2010, another is calling for the recall of Gov. Jan Brewer and the third is asking for a tax on liquor, wine and beer.

In Support of Quality Education and Jobs is asking to continue the one-cent sales tax. The tax is supposed to expire in May 2013. The organization wants to continue it and use the funds to help support both K-12 and post-secondary education, vocational training and improvements to state infrastructure.

It also prevents legislators from sweeping any funding from education and state infrastructure.

The organization will have to collect 172,809 signatures by July 5 in order to put the issue on the November ballot.

Another committee has filed a petition to recall Brewer. According to the organization's paperwork, Brewer has taken a "page out of the playbooks of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich" and is attacking public service workers by attempting to take away their collective bargaining rights.

"As in Wisconsin and Ohio these measures are not about balancing Arizona's budget and are not about jobs. They are about destructive political agendas, right-wing politicians and their corporate funders pushing across the country to consolidate their power," the petition states. It goes on to claim that Brewer's cutbacks threaten to turn Arizona into a third-world country.

The organization will have to collect 432,021 signatures before June 2 to put the issue on the ballot.

Pennies for Prevention filed an initiative with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office in January to tax beer, wine and liquor to prevent and treat alcohol abuse.

If passed, the initiative would install a 25-cent tax per gallon on liquor and a dollar per gallon tax on beer and wine. According to the organization, that would translate to a 10-cent per drink tax.

Mohave County residents currently pay the regular sales tax rate of 6.8 percent on all liquor, beer and wine and Kingman residents pay a sales tax of 8.8 percent.

It would also create an 18-member committee made up of the Arizona Department of Health Services Behavior Health director, the director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Arizona Department of Economic Services director, the Arizona Superintendent of Public Education, the director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, 10 members from substance abuse prevention organizations throughout the state and three members from tribal organizations.

The committee would meet four times a year to determine which substance abuse prevention organizations to give the collected funds to. The directors of the various state agencies would not have a vote on the committee.

Pennies for Prevention will have to collect 172,809 signatures by July 5 to qualify for the November ballot.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Article comment by: Diogenes' Lantern

@ Last Name First

RE: "I know why he is in the hospital. That still does not make Gov. Jan Brewer evil or guilty for what her son did."

No it doesn't and I never said or implied that. However the fact that her son's form of mental illness is hereditary certainly explains a lot of her behavior AND gives us a very good reason to remove her from office.


Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

As to Brewer's son, I view no glee in his mental illness, anyone who does is sick of soul as well as mind, as much as I dislike repubublican politics I draw the line at finding glee in anyones death, illness or mental illness, but for the grace of god there go I! I think many come judgment day will be in the proverbial awe and shock having to explain to Jesus why they ignored the poor, hungry, naked those sick and in prison, the later always puzzled me why it connected the sick and those in prison and it dawened on me one day one can be sick of body, soul & mind and anyone guilty in prison is likely sick of mind or soul or both! I don't think Jesus will find it funny when some have to explain their humorous joy of the sick of body, mind or soul! I do see why the reference to the blind biblical goat exists for the flock of goats Jesus will separate from his sheep!

Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Article comment by: Last Name First


I know why he is in the hospital. That still does not make Gov. Jan Brewer evil or guilty for what her son did.

Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Article comment by: Diogenes' Lantern

@ Arizona Governor Prison Retirement Program

Were it not for the underlying criminal offense, I'd agree with you. But since, as you point out, such disabilities as schizophrenia are quite likely hereditary, and his mother holds the highest public office in the state, I believe it belongs to the public to know.

I hold hiding such information from the public to be a violation of the public trust and possibly even unlawful. Reagan's administration committed this same error in hiding his advancing Alzheimers from the public.

I incurred no problems visiting '' but then I've got some excellent real-time protection against such invasions, but I appreciate your pointing it out and would advise other readers to avoid visiting that site.


Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Article comment by: Arizona Governor Prison Retirement Program

@ Diogenes' Lantern

Really think they made an error releasing the son's records, medical issues are private and should remain that way unless he was the one running for office. That said, it is obvious from Jan's behavior that she does have some mental disability of her own. Could just be alzheimers although links of inheritted schizophrenia are well established, there however is where this issue becomes so entangled since the records should not have been released in the first place. Hard to ignore something once the cat is out.

By the way the link to has a bad long running script, would advise those with Windows 7 to avoid that link. Can't say it has harmful or malicious intent, but something is wrong with that page.

Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Article comment by: Diogenes' Lantern

@ Last Name First

Brewer's son was committed for life to a prison hospital for the criminally insane. She also tried her best to cover this up, but it made numerous papers. Here are a few:

It's no big secret. A judge unsealed the records on it in spite of Brewer's efforts to hide this reality.

/dl (March 27 @ 11:10 am)

Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Well recall or not, she is on her last term, due to the little glitch of her taking over mid term of Napolitano's term which equated to her 1st term, she did won the 2nd one, so goodbye to her is coming one way or the other, she has benefited some say with her business dealings with SB1070/private prison industry, whether she was good, bad or ugly will be for the historians to write, us peanut gallery cyber folks can rant, rave, comment till the cows come home, in about 48 hoiurs after we post no one will ever caer or know what we felt!

Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Article comment by: Last Name First


Gov. Brewer does not have an "adult child". What does that mean anyway? She does have an adult son who is in a mental hospital with schizophrenia. When she made cuts to AHCCCS she made cuts to the mentally ill as well. She has done a lot in her political career for the mentally ill. Boy, that's really evil.

Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Article comment by: Plain Jane doubter

Most of the people who have commented here are obviously right wing haters. Can anyone tell me what you all think she has done for this state. It seems to me that she has just been an embarassment to the people of Arizona since the day she got elected. She has backed bills that are sure to be overturned because not only are they crazy they are illegal. She has waged her finger in the presidents face rather than show some respect for the office of the President. She has sold off the state buildings to private enterprise rather than raise taxes on the rich. If private companies want to buy these assets they must think they can make money on them by running them with better management. The Republicans talk about the President like everything he has done has been to destroy America when they didn't seem to be very concerned about the budget when we had the last Republican president for 8 years. If they can run things so much better why is our economy in shambles. Obama is far from perfect but our problems come from both of the parties not just one. Open up your eyes and read something about the world that doesn't come from Fox new or the Wall street journel.

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012
Article comment by: Em Lee

What is the name of the committee to recall Brewer? I want to sign their petition. I heard she has an adult child on govt. funded health care but she wants to cut it for my chronically ill son. Evil! Talk about hypocrite.

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012
Article comment by: recall group

Ok, I found the recall website. The recall is chaired by Leonard Clark, a member of Occupy Phoenix, among other things. The occupiers are tools of the unions and the far left.

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012
Article comment by: biker randy

Democrat politicians just can't leave good things alone. They have to come up with some excuse to justify raising taxes. Has anyone here followed the confrontational/expensive BS Democrats in Wisconsin have gotten away with? They started by taking over the State Capital and trashing it to the cost of over $1 million to repair, all in the name of stopping the Governor from making over paid union teachers and other State workers take a cut in pay that's bankrupting Wisconsin. Democrats want all the States to be like Calif., $billions in debt, instead of only gettting paid what the State can afford to pay them. God forbid this whole country is ever run by unions.

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012
Article comment by: desert dweller

Recall Gov Brewer? Are those people freaking nuts? Where were they with their recalls when the communist pig napolitano was in office? Gov Brewer is the only one I have seen with the guts to tell oblahma to "stick it"....Bravo Gov...."sic'em"!

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012
Article comment by: A Question

"Another committee has filed a petition to recall Brewer."

Does the committee have a name?

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012
Article comment by: Tax 'em again

When the "one cent" tax was instituted I said "this will not go away after two years." Call me a prophet. There is never enough money for politicians and those supported by hard-working tax payers. If there were any evidence that things have improved over the past two years that would be differennt. Yes, let's follow Wisconsin and Ohio. Keep our sensible governor with true grit at the helm.

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012
Article comment by: John Armstrong

The One-Cent Sales Tax: Time to get rid of it because it is not addressing the real proplem of education funding--less students attending KUSD schools. No tax can fill desks in the classroom. KUSD needs to aggressively recruit new businesses and industries to open up shop in the community. New firms -> New Jobs-> More taxpayers & their kids moving here.

Gov. Brewer Recall: If the left are that mad at her, then she has to be doing something right.

The Taxes on Liquor, Wine and Beer: No one wants to see people (especially kids) become alcoholics and the whole community has a role in doing this. These new taxes are just going to become a new slush fund for further political favortism in which now local leaders are picking the winners and losers in the adult beverage industry. More importantly, what happens if everyone does stop drinking? How do end the committee? The taxes will not go way.

I like the voter initiative process here in AZ. I hope we get a chance to campain all three on the facts/effects and then vote to settle them.

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012
Article comment by: Stupid Morons

Well,I grew up with my dad working for GM. If not on strike,he was laid off. All I say is,SCREW the unions. And,why is it,every time someone like Gov. Brewer,stands up for "The People", you morons always LIE about the truth!!!!

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