Rep. Vic Williams has a post up on his blog decrying the “sweeps” of HURF money. This fund is largely funded through gasoline taxes and mostly goes to local governments for transportation needs.
The legislature has been “sweeping” this money for years, using it for other programs or to keep the budget in balance while they keep cutting other taxes.
Well, Williams is having none of that:
As a fiscal conservative, I believe legislation to halt these raids on Arizona highway spending is needed to provide a guarantee to state citizens that money is spent as intended. Whether it is at the federal, state or local level, taxpayers are sick and tired of politicians displacing tax dollars from the purposes for which they were meant to other non-related programs.
That’s nice, except he voted for the budgets that included these sweeps, and according to legislators I talked to, didn’t raise any hackles about this issue at the time.
His sudden concern about the needs of local government might seem less convenient if it coincide with his “exploratory” race for county supervisor.