State of Arizona Archives: on Corporations


Jan Brewer: Lower barriers to business growth: keep regulations lean

While we lower the barriers to business growth--keeping regulations lean and taxes competitive--it's clear we have another problem: our own sales tax system. Arizona's local and state governments have created a tax system with so many twists and turns that we make it difficult for businesses to simply pay what they owe. For business owners serving customers in multiple cities...But we must do more than simply thank our small business owners. We can adopt the concrete steps outlined by the special task force--steps that will simplify our sales tax code, remove one more barrier to economic growth and make Arizona even more competitive.
Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Arizona Legislature Jan 14, 2013

David Ruben: Take corporate money out of politics

We need to take corporate money out of politics, Ruben said. Corporations will donate to any politician who will protect their interests, and politicians are unlikely to vote against the interests of their donors because they need the money to stay elected.

If we don't remove corporate money from politics, then the country will end up being run by corporations, he said. The whole point of government is to do what the people want, not what the corporations want.

Source: Kingman Daily Miner on 2012 Arizona Senate debate May 24, 2012

Richard Carmona: Tax cuts for corporations are wrong & unconscionable

The biggest victim of the recent recession and 2008 financial crisis has been our middle class. In Washington, extreme ideology and hyper partisanship cause some to push for tax increases on working families, while protecting tax cuts for corporations and special interests--that's not only wrong, it's unconscionable.

We need to rebuild our engine of economic opportunity not just because it's the right thing to do, but because America is at its strongest when it is powered by a vibrant middle class. A vibrant middle class provides an infrastructure of opportunity for all Americans: good paying jobs, educational advancement and above all else, hope and economic security for future generations.

The first step we can take is to stop wasteful spending and ensure that tax dollars are being used smartly and efficiently. And before we even discuss cutting benefits or raising taxes, we should ensure that we all pay our fair share in taxes, including corporations that dodge their tax responsibilities.

Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, carmonaforarizona.com Mar 15, 2012

Mitt Romney: We should have forced automakers into managed bankruptcies

SANTORUM [to Romney]: On principle, I opposed the Wall Street bailout. I held the same consistent position when it came to the auto bailouts. With Gov. Romney, that was not the case. He bailed out Wall Street. And then when it came to the auto workers, he said no.

ROMNEY: Let's go back to the auto industry in 2008. The three CEOs of the three major auto companies got in their private planes and flew to Washington and said, please write us a check. I think they wanted $50 billion. And I wrote an Op-Ed and said, absolutely not. These companies need to go through a managed bankruptcy, just like other industries have. And if they shed the excessive cost that's been put on them by the UAW and by their own mismanagement, then if they need help coming out of bankruptcy, the government can provide guarantees. No way would we allow the auto industry in America to totally implode and disappear. With TARP, there were some pretty high risks that not just Wall Street banks, but all banks would collapse

Source: CNN's 2012 GOP Debate on eve of Arizona Primary Feb 22, 2012

Ron Paul: Auto bailout was bad because all bailouts are bad

Q: Gov. Rick Snyder (R, MI) says, "The bailout actually was something that really worked." Is that Republican governor wrong?

PAUL: First, I don't like the idea that you have good bailouts and bad bailouts. If bailouts are bad, they're bad, and we shouldn't be doing it. But this argument about maybe one that works, you know, the bailing out of GM worked, that's sort of like if a criminal goes out and robs a bank, and he's successful, therefore you endorse what he did, because he's successful. The government is supposed to protect contracts. They're not supposed to regulate contracts and they're not supposed to undermine contracts. And that's what we've been doing. A lot of people will accuse me of advocating a free market, that there's no regulations. Actually, the regulations are tougher, because you have to go through bankruptcy. And it isn't like General Motors would be destroyed. There were good parts of General Motors. But politicians can't figure this out.

Source: CNN's 2012 GOP Debate on eve of Arizona Primary Feb 22, 2012

Rudy Garcia: Decentralize wealth and curtail corporate subsidies

Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.arizonaonthemove.com Nov 13, 2008

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