Anti-tax leader lashes out against Arizona lawmakers who pledged no tax increases, newspaper reports

Craig Bouchard, right, vice chairman of Esmark Inc. speaks at a a news conference regarding the decision of the Chicago Cubs to stay in Arizona for spring training baseball as Gary Price, center, a partner in Fifth Avenue Advisors, and Marvin Easton, left, a Naples resident, look on outside the baseball field at Cambier Park in Naples on Jan. 27, 2009. While the negotiations with the Cubs are dead for now, the group says they will keep the door open if the Cubs reconsider Collier County as their spring training home. Greg Kahn/Staff

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Craig Bouchard, right, vice chairman of Esmark Inc. speaks at a a news conference regarding the decision of the Chicago Cubs to stay in Arizona for spring training baseball as Gary Price, center, a partner in Fifth Avenue Advisors, and Marvin Easton, left, a Naples resident, look on outside the baseball field at Cambier Park in Naples on Jan. 27, 2009. While the negotiations with the Cubs are dead for now, the group says they will keep the door open if the Cubs reconsider Collier County as their spring training home. Greg Kahn/Staff

Collier not giving up on Chicago Cubs

Owners say Cubs will stay in Mesa, ...

— Grover Norquist, keeper of the no-tax-hike pledge, has stepped up to the plate in the debate over how to keep the Chicago Cubs in their Mesa spring-training home.

The founder of Americans for Tax Reform has sent a letter to Arizona lawmakers informing them that support for the car-rental tax envisioned in House Bill 2736 would break the no-tax pledge that 38 of them have signed.

"Make no mistake; this tax increase will be paid primarily by Arizona residents," Norquist wrote. "Arizonans renting replacement vehicles would be subject to this tax increase, and replacement vehicles represent the majority of the car-rental business in Arizona."

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