To protect the will of the people of Arizona for fiscal responsibility through true majority rule, any initiative that imposes additional taxes or spending must have support from a majority of qualified electors in Arizona. Currently, initiatives that increase taxes or spending can pass with approval from only a minority of qualified electors. In the past, big money, special interest groups have pushed higher spending and taxes. Arizona now faces one of the largest deficits of any state in the country. We must protect the will of the people and let a true majority of the voters decide.
This is the language for Proposition 105 in Arizona that many of us will be voting on come November. Those of you that do not reside in Arizona need not worry about voting, but should still consider the importance of this measure and perhaps propose it in your state.
Proposition 105, referred to as the Majority Rule Initiative, would essentially require a majority of all registered voters – not just a majority of those who vote – in Arizona to approve any increase in spending or taxation by the state. So, if there are 100 registered voters in Arizona, it would require 51 votes to increase spending or taxation – compared to the current system that if there were 100 registered voters in Arizona and only 60 of them voted, then only 31 votes would be required to increase spending or taxation.
This is, without a doubt, the most monumental proposition that we will be voting on in November. Should this proposition pass (luckily we will only need a majority of votes, not registered voters), it would dramatically limit spending and taxation in this state. Considering that Arizona averages turning out less than 41% of voters in even presidential elections1, it is almost guaranteed that no measure will pass that increases spending or taxation unless it is absolutely necessary.
This would be a wonderful step towards limiting government, at least in Arizona, and will hopefully be replicated across these United States. So please, get out and vote for Proposition 105, this is one area where your vote can really make a difference. Now if we can only get the Federal Government to spend less . . .