Posted BY: Barnini Chakraborty, Senior Investigations Reporter
“I want to eventually get rid of the income tax if we can do that,” Lake told KTAR News’s The Mike Broomhead Show. “I haven’t made that promise because I don’t want to make a promise that I can’t keep.”
The former television news anchor added that she wanted “to get it down to as close to zero as possible so we can compete with some of these other states.”
Lake’s Democratic opponent, Katie Hobbs, told business leaders at an Arizona Chamber of Commerce gubernatorial forum this week that if she’s elected, she will not raise taxes. She also noted it takes a two-thirds majority vote to make such a move in Arizona and that any big tax change would likely fail in the narrowly divided state legislature. Hobbs also touted Arizona’s pro-business climate at the event, which includes its tax structure.
Lake, meanwhile, has promised to lower taxes in each of her four years in office, and her campaign said it would soon release a plan detailing how Lake would accomplish that as governor.
Lake and Hobbs have been locked in a fierce battle to see which candidate will lead Arizona.
Lake, a bombastic, Trump -endorsed election denier, surprised many political analysts when she won her primary contest against Karrin Taylor Robson , a candidate who was endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey . The gubernatorial GOP primary had turned into a full-blown proxy war. Its results were analyzed and have helped shape the way the Republican Party strategizes in certain contests ahead of November’s general election matchup.
In addition to leaning into election fraud claims, Lake has also made enemies in the transgender community and has refused to back down on thorny policy areas such as abortion and immigration.
Hobbs, Arizona’s secretary of state, has emphasized her support for abortion rights against Lake’s inflammatory rhetoric on the topic.
Hobbs, though, has taken a beating in the headlines recently for refusing to debate Lake.
“For weeks, Arizona was ridiculed as clips of the GOP primary debate circulated on social media,” Hobbs’s team said in a statement. “As a candidate and as governor, Sec. Hobbs will never participate in something that will make Arizona the butt of late-night TV jokes and national ridicule. She has too much respect for the people of Arizona.”
Phil Boas, editorial page director at the Arizona Republic, called Hobbs a “coward” for not debating Lake and said an economical 52-word way to restate her stance is: “I’m a coward, it’s the Republicans’ fault, and anyway, my fear is all in service to the people of Arizona.”
Hobbs and Lake are neck and neck, with Hobbs polling at 44% and Lake at 43%, according to the latest FOX10-InsiderAdvantage poll . About 10% of voters polled were either undecided or had no opinion.