State Democrat Legislators attempted to expand sales tax to services in the House Appropriations Committee on August 17, 2009, but hardly anyone in the public seems to know about it since most of the media didn’t even mention it. The democrat proposed amendment even includes taxing educational services including public university tuition. In fact, the only services excluded from the sales tax expansion are mortuary/funeral services and computer, business management, trade and technical schools. After much debate, all the democrat legislators in the House Appropriations Committee voted for the expansion of sales tax to services and none of the republican legislators voted for it, thus defeating the amendment.
I’m amazed that the Arizona Republic, whose reporter was present at the Appropriations meeting, published a large article about the appropriations hearing, but never mentioned once that the democrat legislators wanted to expand sales tax to services.