Tag: Invest in Education

Arizona Supreme Court Gives Voters Final Say On Invest In Ed. See more state education news here

| August 25, 2020
Arizona Supreme Court Gives Voters Final Say On Invest In Ed. See more state education news here

Arizonans will get a chance to decide if they want to hike taxes on the state’s most wealthy to help fund K-12 education.

In a brief order, the Arizona Supreme Court concluded that the 100-word description on petitions for the Invest in Education measure “did not create a significant danger of confusion or unfairness.”

The unanimous order reverses the decision by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury, who concluded that backers of the measure “circulated an opaque Trojan horse of a 100-word description, concealing principal provisions of the initiative.”

Justices also found that various methods of providing bonuses and incentives to paid petition circulators did not run afoul of state laws that prohibit paying people on a per-signature basis.

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In reprise of 2018 ruling, judge boots tax hike for education off ballot. See more state education news here

| August 4, 2020
In reprise of 2018 ruling, judge boots tax hike for education off ballot. See more state education news here

For the second time in as many election cycles, a judge has barred from the ballot a citizen initiative that seeks to increase funding for K-12 education by hiking income taxes for higher earning Arizonans, ruling that the campaign omitted critical information from a brief description on the petitions they circulated.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury ruled on Friday that the Invest in Education initiative’s 100-word description didn’t include a half dozen key components of the measure. And Coury took the initiative campaign to task for failing to heed an Arizona Supreme Court ruling that blocked the 2018 iteration of the same initiative from the ballot. 

The Invest in Education campaign said it will appeal the ruling to the Arizona Supreme Court. 

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Voters will get the final say on measure to tax Arizona’s rich for education. See related news here

| August 22, 2018
Voters will get the final say on measure to tax Arizona’s rich for education. See related news here

A judge has slapped down efforts by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry to block people from voting on whether income taxes on the rich should be hiked to generate $690 million a year for education.

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#RedForEd advocates return to Capitol to weigh in on ballot language for Invest in Ed proposition (+ Video). See related education news here

| August 1, 2018
#RedForEd advocates return to Capitol to weigh in on ballot language for Invest in Ed proposition (+ Video). See related education news here

About 100 people – many in #RedForEd t-shirts – attended a Legislative Council meeting Wednesday at the Arizona Legislature to determine ballot proposition language for Invest in Education and several other initiatives for the November elections.

The Legislative Council is in charge of creating impartial ballot analyses for every initiative that’s going on the ballot in November – among those are the Outlaw Dirty Money initiative, the Invest in Ed initiative, the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona initiative, and the Protect Arizona Taxpayers Act, said Chris Kotterman, director of government relations for Arizona School Boards Association.

“The Council is hearing testimony from members of the public about whether or not they agree with whether those analyses are fair or not, because by law they have to be fair and impartial,” Kotterman said.

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Arizona voters likely to see education spending bill on November ballot. See related news here

| July 10, 2018
Arizona voters likely to see education spending bill on November ballot. See related news here

Leaders of the Invest in Education campaign delivered more than 270,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office last week in a move that will likely place the proposal increasing funding for public schools by $690 million before the voters in November, AZ Central reports. …

However, even if the proposal passes verification tests and makes it onto the ballot, it still faces stiff opposition from critics — including many in the business community — who fear that the significant tax hikes contained in the proposal would weaken the economy and ultimately harm education funding as a result.

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Arizona teachers collecting signatures for education initiative. See related stories here

| June 5, 2018
Arizona teachers collecting signatures for education initiative. See related stories here

Over 300 teachers hit the streets (June 2) across the state collecting signatures to get an education initiative on the November ballot.

“It wasn’t because we were unhappy with our pay it was because we need to improve public education in Arizona,” said Kelley Fisher.

Fisher is a kindergarten teacher at Las Brisas Elementary where she has taught for 20 years. She was out in Glendale today for several hours braving the hot temperatures for her kids and her school.

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