Arizona Republic: “Phoenix shoppers could soon be paying more for their vegetables, milk and bread. City Council members on Tuesday are expected to approve a 2 percent sales tax on food items to help close the city’s $241 million budget deficit through June 2011. The tax would take effect April 1. . . . But Councilman Sal DiCiccio said the tax is regressive, hurting the poor and those on fixed incomes . . . .
“It looks like they’re going to try to slam through a tax hike that hits the poor the hardest without giving the public the chance to tell them no,” DiCiccio said. The tax, he added, shifts the city’s responsibility onto residents. “I’m even more against trying to slip it by before the public tunes in. It’s our responsibility to fix government spending.”