Re: the Dec. 14 article "Arizona business leaders plan push to raise education sales tax."

I consider it very ironic that the state's business leaders are pushing for higher education sales taxes. It is great that they see schools as the key to Arizona's economic future. The irony is that business interest groups have been the beneficiaries of millions in tax breaks that have deprived our state treasury of revenues needed for our education system (and road repairs, child protective services, etc.).

But rather than give up their tax breaks, business leaders would raise the sales tax on the taxpayers, their customers. We are already paying our income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes — and yet our state doesn't have the money to take care of our children? Legislators are giving that money away in business tax cuts. Business leaders hope we won't notice that as they finance a ballot issue so WE pay taxes for schools, which we are so desperate to improve. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!

Hyatt Simpson

Northeast side

Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.

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