Ducey vetoes bill that would let voters extend Maricopa County transportation tax

Published: Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 11:52am
Updated: Friday, July 8, 2022 - 10:52am
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Gov. Ducey has vetoed a bill that would have given Maricopa County voters the opportunity to extend its transportation tax, which ends in 2025.

In a letter to Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, Ducey said it was ill-timed.

He said that is because of rapid inflation with rising gas, food and housing prices. He also mentioned the bill would have required a special election in the spring of next year, when voter turnout would be low. 

Instead he said it would be best to wait until November 2024.

Ducey also cited that the language before voters was not clear and instead was biased and inflated. It also did not say that it would be extended for 25 years, instead of 20 like what has been approved before. 

He added that with the surplus the state is seeing, the state will invest $1 billion in transportation infrastructure.

But Mesa Mayor John Giles disagrees with the governor's move, saying Arizona now has a transportation problem.

The Show spoke with him for more on the potential problems facing the state's transit.

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