Hobbs vetoes bill to eliminate local grocery taxes

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 5:01pm
Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 7:05am

Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed two more bills on Tuesday, including a measure that would’ve blocked cities and towns from taxing groceries.

In a veto letter, the Democratic governor wrote that eliminating the grocery tax wouldn’t actually provide relief in municipalities that rely on that local revenue to fund services, like public safety.

“It’s clear that this bill doesn’t actually eliminate costs for our residents,” Hobbs wrote. It simply moves those costs around.”

Republican lawmakers argued the bill would’ve eased the financial burden for Arizonans dealing with the inflated cost of groceries.

Hobbs also vetoed a separate bill that would’ve barred banks and other firms in Arizona that do business with the state from refusing to do business with firearm companies.

So far this legislative session, Hobbs has vetoed more bills — 18 — than she’s signed.

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