Originally Published: December 6, 2018 8:21 p.m.
There were two statements in Howard Fischer’s article about the increased vehicle registration fee that appear to be in conflict with each other. First, he wrote, “The Arizona Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of both the House and Senate for any new or increased tax or fee.” Then he wrote, “Halikowski was directed to impose a new fee to cover that cost. In passing the buck, so to speak, by refusing to set the fee themselves, lawmakers then needed just a simple majority.”
How is it that granting authority to an unelected bureaucrat to impose fees can be done by the legislature more easily than increasing taxes themselves? If the legislature doesn’t fix this, we should vote out of office everyone who voted with “the majority.”