GOP-led Arizona Legislature OK’s $1.9B income tax cut

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House has approved a $1.9 billion income tax cut package that mainly benefits the wealthy as majority Republicans pushed through key pieces of a state budget plan opposed by Democrats. The House on Thursday joined the Senate in approving the tax cuts and another proposal shielding high-earning taxpayers from the effects of a new 3.5% tax surcharge that voters approved in November to boost education funding. By Thursday evening, nine of the 11 bills that make up the $12.8 billion budget plan were approved in both chambers and ready to send to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.