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Same-Sex Marriage Is ‘Business-Friendly’

Same-sex marriage– I’m sure that this is not what Bruce Ash, John Munger, Jan Brewer, Jack Kemper, and John C. Scott have in mind when they talk about making Tucson and Arizona more “business friendly,” but as Judy Tenuta would say, “It could happen.”

Work with me on this one….
1- Arizona has a multi-million-dollar budget mess on it’s hands and no real solutions.

2- Our Republican governor and legislature refuse to take steps to bring more money into the state coffers because the obvious way to increase revenues would be to roll back the tax cuts that they have given businesses and rich people, and that would not be “business friendly.”

2- Historically, Arizona has been a major tourist destination. We have plenty of hotels, resorts, and scenic vistas, which are perfect honeymoon retreats.

3- Arizona has the Grand Canyon, great weather in the winter, and the Gem and Mineral Show as tourist magnets, but fostering a new niche market for the tourist industry would make good marketing sense.

4- Arizona politicians– both Democrat and Republican– want to appear “business friendly.”

So, why not develop same-sex marriage as a niche tourist market? According to this post on Alan Colmes’ website, Edmund Egan, chief economist for the City of San Francisco, estimated that same-sex marriages could have earned that city $35 million a year + additional funds in tax revenues (except that California made it illegal with Prop 8).

Same-sex marriage also is illegal in Arizona, but– hey– if the legislature really wants to be “business friendly,” they can make it happen. Si se puede, fellas. After all, bringing in several million dollars without raising taxes or fees would be “business friendly.”

This article originally appeared in my Progressive Examiner column.


This entry was posted on January 14, 2010 by in Arizona, Democratic Party, Economics, Jan Brewer, John C. Scott, LGBT, Politics, Republican Party, Tucson and tagged .
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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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