Heather Carter's opponents have put up signs in which they claim that her vote for Medicaid expansion was a tax increase. Ultimately the Supreme Court will decide if the revenue raised by that vote was part of a "Tax" increase, or if it was in the form of an assessment.
A few weeks ago, the Republic's Mary Jo Pitzl wrote an AZ Fact Check in which she declared the sign to be "false." I wrote about it here.
This weekend Bob Robb wrote a column in which he declared that Carter's vote was indeed for a tax increase.
Is it fair to say that legislators who voted for the hospital assessment to fund Medicaid expansion voted for a tax increase? The view here is that it is eminently fair.
This morning, the Republic's Joanna Allhands tweeted about Robb's column.
Great, but here's what Pitzl concluded in her "Fact" check.
BOTTOM LINE: The vote expanding the state's Medicaid program was not a tax increase, and the political campaign sign that says "Carter voted to raise your taxes" is not accurate
THE FINDING: No stars, false
Pitzl's statement is not a mere matter of opinion. She is not declaring the tax increase interpretation to be "controversial" or "subject to debate." She is declaring it to be "False".
While Pitzl may disagree with Bob Robb and the folks who put up with the sign, and the Supreme Court may eventually side with her interpretation instead of Robb's interpretation, Pitzl has no authority to use the Republic's Fact Check section to simply declare that the statement is "False."
If the Republic wants to maintain any credibility as a "Fact Checker" the paper needs to correct Pitzl's post.