[Source: Tucson Weekly] — The payday-loan industry may be on its way out of business in Arizona. Gay marriage is even more illegal in the state, and once again, voters have rejected the idea of giving lawmakers a raise. With 99.1 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, here are the latest results.
The payday-loan industry suffered a stunning defeat after 59.5 percent of voters rejected Proposition 200, the Payday Loan Reform Act. Prop 200, which was funded with more than $14 million from the payday-loan industry, would have allowed the industry to continue to operate in the state past 2010, the year in which the law that allowed them to set up shop will expire.
Business owners did not get a break from voters after the stunning defeat of Proposition 202. The Stop Illegal Hiring Act, supported by a variety of business interests, would have granted Arizona companies additional defenses if caught with illegal workers on their payroll. However, with the defeat — 59.1 percent of voters were saying no — the state’s employer-sanctions law, said by many to be the toughest in the nation, will remain on the books.
Voters also ensured that they will still be able to increase taxes at the ballot box by overwhelmingly rejecting Proposition 105, aka Majority Rules, which would have required that any statewide initiative that hiked taxes or fees be approved by a majority of all registered voters, not just the ones who cast ballots in the election. A whopping 65.7 percent of voters rejected the measure…
Gay marriage became even more illegal in Arizona after 56.5 percent of the voters supported Proposition 102, which will amend the Arizona Constitution to limit marriage to being between only one man and one woman. Arizonans rejected a broader law that would have also banned civil unions and domestic partnerships by a narrow margin two years ago…
State lawmakers will continue to be a bargain for taxpayers after 64.5 percent of voters rejected Proposition 300, which would have increased annual legislative salaries from $24,000 to $30,000.
Proposition 101, aka the Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act, remained too close to call as of Wednesday morning, when voters were rejecting it by just more than 2,100 votes. If it were to make up the difference and somehow pass, Prop 101 would amend the state Constitution to ban the state from interfering with health-insurance options.
Arizonans will never be required to pay a sales tax on the purchase of a home after voters resoundingly approved Proposition 100, aka Protect Our Homes, which was placed on the ballot by the Arizona Association of Realtors to block the state from charging a real-estate transfer tax, a revenue mechanism in some states. Some 76.9 percent of voters added this amendment to the state Constitution.
However, buyers of new homes will not be getting a longer guarantee on their houses after 77.9 percent of voters rejected Proposition 201. Homebuilders successfully argued that the proposition would increase lawsuits and raise home prices…
[Source: Arizona Republic] — Two community forums will be held on Tuesday, September 23 to help Phoenix residents become acquainted with the eight propositions on the November 4 ballot.
- Valley Citizens League will hold a presentation at noon Tuesday in the Arizona Public Service building, 400 N. 5th St. Reservations for lunch are required and can be made online or by calling 602-250-3747.
- The Arizona Secretary of State, Maricopa Community Colleges, and Cox Communications are sponsoring a Town Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Phoenix College Bulpitt Auditorium, 1202 W. Thomas Rd.
Click here for a summary of Arizona’s 2008 ballot initiatives.
[Source: Ron Sanzone, Arizona Republic] — Unless an appeal to get Proposition 203 on the ballot succeeds, light rail will lose a chance to win hundreds of millions of dollars for the system’s expansion. The Secretary of State’s office announced Monday that the Arizona measure to raise $42.6 billion in transportation funds through a 1 cent sales tax increase did not receive enough valid signatures to qualify for November’s ballot. Transportation and Infrastructure Moving Arizona’s Economy, the organization that wrote the TIME Act, as the initiative is also known, is expected to appeal the decision.
If the appeal succeeds and voters approve the new tax, Maricopa County would receive $600 million for what the Arizona Department of Transportation categorizes as “light rail, modern streetcar, and related high capacity transit.” According to TIME, up to $400 million of that money would go to expanding the Valley’s light rail system. However, ADOT says that it would decide along with Maricopa Association of Governments how to allocate the full $600 million that includes the light rail project in the county. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]