Ariz. Hospitals Shelve Plan for Tax Hike Measure
PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona hospitals’ planned initiative campaign for an income tax increase to pay for some state health care costs has proved to be short-lived.
The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association announced Tuesday that it will not to file a ballot measure and instead will “work collaboratively” with legislators and Gov. Jan Brewer on ways to pay for state health care programs.
The proposal had met with resistance at the Legislature, and the association’s announcement came less than a day before a Senate committee’s scheduled consideration of a referendum to impose a new assessment on hospitals to help pay for health care.
The hospital association had proposing a surcharge on taxable income above $150,000 for singles and $300,000 for married couples.
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