On Tuesday, Arizona voters approved Proposition 100, enacting a three-year, 1-cent sales tax increase to help balance that state’s budget. The finally tally showed the measure, which was placed on the ballot by the state’s Legislature as part of a balanced package of budget solutions, was supported by 64 percent of Tuesday’s voters. Arizona’s “red state” credentials almost need no mention and the success at the ballot box comes on the heals of the more “blue-green” victory in Oregon that we blogged about in January. That now makes two of California’s neighbors where voters have demonstrated their strong support for paying a little more to support schools and other public services in the one type of poll whose results can’t be argued about.
— Jean Ross