Arizona can’t avoid a supermajority voting requirement just because it wants to

Today we filed an amicus brief in a case challenging Arizona’s Medicaid expansion.  Like California (and many other states), Arizona’s constitution requires that all taxes be passed by a supermajority vote—in this case, 2/3 of the legislature.  The Medicaid expansion included … Continue reading

Standing up for constitutional limits on taxation

Several states have constitutional limits on tax-increases, and particularly super-majority requirements that force legislatures to get a 2/3 vote to raise taxes. California’s Proposition 13 is the most famous, but Arizona, Nevada, and other states have similar requirements. Sadly, state … Continue reading

Cato Podcast on Obamacare’s mandates

I talked today with Cato’s Caleb Brown about today’s fascinating Supreme Court argument about Obamacare and federalism. You can listen here. Update: One small correction. I’m actually coauthor, with John Eastman and Ilya Shapiro, of two joint PLF/Cato/Claremont briefs (1, … Continue reading