Hospital Association Pushes 22 Percent Tax Hike on Small Businesses and Families

Hospitals add income tax hikes to their support of sales tax increase

Today, the Free Enterprise Club blasted the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association for pushing for a massive income tax on Arizona families and businesses.

As many of you are aware, the Club was the lead sponsor of an across-the-board income tax cut in 2006, which brought the top personal income tax rate down to 4.54 percent. The Hospital Association wants to raise that rate to 5.54 (or 22%).

The Hospital Association’s support of an income tax increase comes on the heels of their support of Prop. 100, a billion dollar sales tax increase, and seems to replace their effort to tax soda, liquor, and tobacco.

Yes, it’s hard to keep track of all the things John Rivers wants to tax. Rivers is the president of AzHHA.

According to the East Valley Tribune, Rivers said that the proposed income tax increase would affect “just a handful of Arizonans.”

Right. Mr. Rivers needs to do a little homework. According to NFIB, approximately 75 percent of small businesses pay their taxes under individual income tax system. Businesses that file under the personal income tax system include: sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLC), and Subchapter S Corporations.

What a concept. Jobs keep people off Medicaid, yet the Hospital Association wants to tax jobs so people can remain on Medicaid.