Remember when you used to get warned about driving through certain small towns that were known as "speed traps" because of the way they preyed on motorists for their revenue. Consider now the "speed state." The people of AZ following the long American tradition of "don't tax you, don't tax me, tax that guy behind the tree" to fund their budget shortfalls, including their exploding prison pops. When exactly did "community responsibility" cease to have a definition in our culture?
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano says the deployment of new photo radar or other speed enforcement technology on state highways is all about public safety. But her proposed state budget counts on the anticipated speeding fines to help erase a projected revenue shortfall.
The proposal, submitted to the Legislature late Friday, anticipates $120 million in revenue the first year, including $90 million in net income after expenses from the statewide effort. Even bigger dollar amounts are expected in future years.
The state faces a projected revenue shortfall of at least $1.2 billion in the fiscal year that starts July 1.