Republican Jim Lamon Distances Himself From Arizona Taxation

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Republican Jim Lamon Distances Himself From Arizona Taxation

In recent Arizona news, Arizona businessman Jim Lamon is one of the many candidates in set up to run for the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. As of right now, Lamon is beginning to distance himself from Social Security proposals and taxation. These same proposals and taxation ideas, which are extremely controversial, were embraced by Lamon only just last week. 

Speaking to North Phoenix voters this past week, Lamon said that the proposal made by Florida’s Senator Rick Scott was “pretty good.” Scott put an 11-point proposal together to raise taxes, which many believe with threaten the livelihood of Medicare and Social Security. This plan has created a division between many prominent Republican figures and has given Democrats the fuel to mobilize and get voters on their side. 

Lamon told voters that his proposals had many similar elements to Scott’s plans, though he never quite addressed how clear division these provisions were creating. When the Associated Press asked him to expand on his remarks, Lamon began distancing himself. 

Stephen Puetz, a spokesperson for Lamon, said that he strongly feels “no American should have raised taxes.” Puetz even noted that Lamon signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Beyond that, Puetz said that Lamon has strong beliefs about protecting the benefits that Social Security provides so many Americans.

Scott is in control of millions of dollars and has a lot of power to elect Republicans for a seat as the GOP Senate’s head. His proposal was initially outlined this past month and was a far cry from the strategy Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed. 

Once news of this broke, Democrats decided to leverage it. Many prominent Democrats knew that they would be able to capitalize on voter motivation with this disagreement in the Republican party. In the upcoming midterm election, where Americans are struggling with an unstable economy and a less-than-popular president, this plan is even more important. 

If the GOP is able to pick up a single set this coming election beyond Lamon, the Democrats will lose the Senate Majority. 

Democrats decided to latch onto two particular provisions. 

The first provision was Scott’s plan that noted every American should pay some form of income tax, as more than 50% of Americans do not pay any income tax at all. The Democrats say that this kind of plan would be a major tax increase for millions of elderly and low-income individuals. 

The second provision surrounds Scott’s plan to create an expiration date of five years for federal legislation. 

His theory is that Congress will pass a law again if it is worth keeping. However, many critics of these ideas say that this expiration date would act as a threat against longstanding popular programs, including Medicare and Social Security. 

This plan outline, originally backed by Lamon, created a brewing hostility between Scott and McConnell, with McConnel noting that he had nothing to do with Scott’s plan and was not backing it. 

As of now, Lamon is up against Democratic Senator Mark Kelly. Some of the other Republicans he is up against include Mick McGuire, a former National Guard Chief of Arizona, Justin Olson, a Corporation Commissioner, and Mark Brnovich, Attorney General. 

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