House speaker pushing tax credits, more expected

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A proposal by Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin to increase a tax credit given to businesses that invest in research and development by 200 percent could be just one of many pushed by Republicans again this year in the Legislature.
 
Tobin says he's also considering another tax credit proposal and fellow Republicans have other ideas about helping businesses by adding new tax credits and other programs.
 
Cutting revenues runs counter to Gov. Jan Brewer's proposed budget, which doesn't envision any tax cuts or credits other than a revamping of the state's complicated sales tax collection program.
 
Democrats say such tax cuts benefit the wealthy at the expense of cuts to schools, health care and other important programs. Republicans contend they help the economy by improving the business climate.