State sees big rise in tax revenues
PHOENIX - State revenues jumped 17 percent in April from the previous year, but Arizona budget officials say the increase is likely due to taxpayers fleeing higher taxes this year.
The Joint Legislative Budget Committee report released Monday says taxpayers likely moved income into the 2012 tax year because they were worried about higher taxes this year. The state saw a 28 percent increase in individual income tax payments this April and a $140 million jump in revenue.
Taxpayers were worried about the Bush-era tax cuts expiring and the start of the Affordable Care Act income tax surcharges in 2013.
The state could see lower revenue next April because of the shift.
The state has seen revenue go up more than 5.6 percent so far this budget year.
Gov. gets bill limiting welfare-benefit use
PHOENIX - The Arizona Senate is sending Gov. Jan Brewer a bill that would prohibit the use of welfare benefits at liquor, gambling and adult entertainment businesses. The Senate passed the bill in a 28-1 vote Tuesday. The House unanimously passed it last week.
Tea-party activists protest IRS scrutiny
PHOENIX - About 70 tea-party activists waving signs and small American flags marched outside Phoenix's main Internal Revenue Service office Tuesday to protest the agency's extra scrutiny of conservative groups.
The rally was one of many around the country.
The Associated Press