Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake wants to eliminate state income tax

Sep 8, 2022, 1:27 PM
Kari Lake speaks at a gubernatorial forum in Phoenix on Sept. 7, 2022. (KTAR News Photo/Luke Forstn...
Kari Lake speaks at a gubernatorial forum in Phoenix on Sept. 7, 2022. (KTAR News Photo/Luke Forstner)
(KTAR News Photo/Luke Forstner)

PHOENIX — Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake wants Arizona to join nine other states in not having an income tax — if she can make it work.

“I want to eventually get rid of the income tax if we can do that,” Lake told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show on Thursday. “I haven’t made that promise because I don’t want to make a promise that I can’t keep.

“But I want to get it down to as close to zero as possible so we can compete with some of these other states.”

Lake didn’t detail how she’d make it a reality, but her income tax stance is in line with her belief that taxes should be lowered as much as possible in Arizona.

The former TV news anchor says she wants the state to be a great place for businesses, especially for ones struggling coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic and with inflation.

Lake wants to also lower sales and property taxes.

“We need to make sure we do everything we can to make sure our businesses are able to weather that storm,” Lake said.

Lake’s opponent, Democrat Katie Hobbs, said Wednesday as a forum in Phoenix that raising taxes was “not on the table” and that she was for “for lowering taxes every place that we can.”

For Lake, not raising taxes isn’t good enough.

“With Katie Hobbs, you’re going to get somebody who will raise taxes despite what she said last night because she’s never met a tax increase she doesn’t love,” Lake said.

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Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake wants to eliminate state income tax