Wednesday, July 14, 2021

USA Today/Republic Investigation Into Ducey's Office's Efforts To Refund $100M Of Tax Dollars To Connected Mining Companies; READ Court Decisions That Helped Stop It

Today's Arizona Republic/USA Today has an extensive investigative report into the efforts by Gov. Doug Ducey's office to quietly change tax law on its own in a way that would have refunded $100M to mining companies. The largest, Freeport McMoRan, had a connection with Ducey's Deputy Chief of Staff.

As lead investigative reporter, Craig Harris, summarized it this morning, "EXCLUSIVE: See how a rich Texas millionaire tried to get $100 million in Arizona tax dollars with help from Gov. @dougducey and his top lieutenants: @KirkAdams, @azchamber CEO @dbseiden, federal judge Mike Liburdi and Deputy Chief of Staff @AZGretchen."

The must-read story notes that AZ AG Mark Brnovich helped put a stop to the effort by appealing a ruling that favored the tax relief effort. The Court of Appeals reversed the decision and ruled in favor of the state.

For those interested in the legal aspects, we are publishing both the Superior Court decision and the Court of Appeals reversal:

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