The Arizona Free Enterprise Club PAC today announced the endorsements of Ralph Heap for the Senate and John King for the Arizona State House of Representatives.  Both Heap and King are pro-growth Republican candidates running in hotly contested primaries.

Ralph Heap is a committed free market conservative who strongly opposes special deals and picking winners and losers with our tax dollars. John King is an experienced small business owner and currently sits on the Kyrene School Board.

“Both Heap and King are the type of pro-growth, free market candidates we need at the legislature,” Free Enterprise Club President Scot Mussi said. “They will both be strong advocates for taxpayers and will stand up against lobbyists and other politically connected groups looking for more spending or a special tax break at the capitol.”

The Arizona Free Enterprise Club today announced the endorsement of five candidates for the Arizona State Legislature.  The candidates endorsed are Steve Smith, Mark Finchem, Paul Boyer, Dave Farnsworth and Rusty Bowers.  All five candidates are pro-growth political outsiders currently engaged in contested primaries.

“These are the type of free market candidates we need at the State Legislature,” Club president Scot Mussi said.  “They will all be strong advocates for taxpayers and will stand up against special interest groups looking for a sweetheart deal or a special tax break at the Capitol.”

All five candidates are involved in contested races, facing incumbents or establishment backed politicians that often oppose fiscal responsibility or limited government principles.  “The Free Enterprise Club makes a point of supporting candidates that often don’t receive support from the establishment,” Mussi said.  “We are not afraid to support the candidate that we believe best represents our conservative principles.” 

Today, the Protect Glendale Taxpayers Committee, with help from the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, turned in more than 20,000 signatures to place the Glendale Taxpayer Protection Act on the ballot.

“The outpouring of support from Glendale residents wanting an opportunity to stop this permanent tax hike has been tremendous,” said Committee Chairman Scot Mussi. “Now the voters will have an opportunity to decide the issue for themselves and hold City Hall to their promise that this tax hike remains temporary.”

The “temporary” sales tax increase was originally passed in 2012, and was set to expire in 2017. To earn approval from voters, city leaders and politicians promised that the tax would be temporary and would be allowed to expire. Without the promise that it would be temporary, the tax increase would likely have never passed.

The Glendale Taxpayer Protection Act ensures that the sales tax increase expires in 2017 as originally intended. Additionally, to prevent City Hall from trying to circumvent the will of the voters, the initiative puts in place a requirement for a supermajority vote to implement sales tax increases in the future.

Protect Glendale Taxpayers needed 10,454 valid signatures from registered Glendale voters to qualify for the ballot. In an effort to make sure the Glendale Taxpayer Protection Act qualifies for the ballot, the committee went the extra effort to gather twice the required signatures and also verified with the city’s own voter lists the validity of the signatures filed.

Glendale currently has one of the highest sales tax rates in the state, a crippling tax burden that is harming small businesses and hardworking taxpayers.

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