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Arizona voters have rejected Proposition 310, a $200 million “temporary” sales tax hike.

If passed, the measure would have imposed a 0.1% statewide sales tax for “establishing a Fire District Safety Fund.” The tax increase would have taken effect on Jan. 1, 2023 and supposedly lapse on Dec. 31, 2042.

“Temporary” tax hikes have a long record of becoming permanent.

With 98% of the vote reporting, the tax hike was rejected 51.8% to 48.2%.

And neighboring California, a consistent source of tax refugees into Arizona, rejected a 1.75% income tax increase that would have pushed the Golden State’s top marginal income tax rate above 15%.