Report from the Capitol: 22 March 2018

Report from the Capitol: 22 March 2018

HB2158: I’ve received a number of emails and calls about the SB1390/HB2158 package to extend the Prop 301 Sales Tax for Education. I share the concern about education funding and the teacher shortage. I am inclined to support the proposed SB1390/HB2158 additional rate package. I have also done a good bit of research on the matter of unfilled teacher job opportunities. What I have found is something that most people in the educator ranks are not talking about. The Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA, 2018) …

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Where Does It All Go?

Where Does It All Go?

The Fiscal Year 2018 State of Arizona Budget totals over $9.86 Billion and taxpayers are funding a lot of priorities.  The highest among them is Education.

Budget Basics
Each year, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee Staff publishes an Appropriations Report, which includes summary information on the most recently enacted budget and agency-by-agency details.  The Report reads like a book including both numbers and descriptions of what the Legislature intends to see happen with the appropriations that are authorized on behalf of the Taxpayers.  In this book, you …

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Enhanced Education Funding Passes the Arizona Legislature

Last night in a Special Session called by Governor Doug Ducey, we passed a set of three bills designed to enhance K-12 school funding.  The move has not been without controversy, caused primarily by the interpretation of the word “or” by a lower court, activist judge, who substituted the plain meaning of the word for that of another.  The substitution of definitions, resulted in a financial burden that would have bankrupted the state.

Webster’s Dictionary, recognized by K-12 school systems, universities, colleges and yes, …

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