AEA President John Wright said the association has pledged its support to the “Yes on 100″ campaign. The teachers union had wavered between hostility and hesitancy on the tax hike, which Brewer has touted as necessary to preserve K-12 funding.
But Wright told our reporter that the organization, prompted by “current circumstances and the outlook for the future,” told the Governor’s Office this morning they’d back Prop. 100. Wright said the AEA’s financial support would likely include both contributions from the organization and fundraising efforts on the campaign committee’s behalf.
Prior to a Feb. 18 meeting with Brewer and other supporters of Prop. 100, Wright said AEA support could depend on whether Adams’ proposed tax cuts are approved and whether lawmakers make additional cuts to education. Wright said the AEA will still urge lawmakers not to pass the tax cuts on the heels of the sales tax hike, but its support for Prop. 100 won’t be contingent on it.
“We understand there are no guarantees,” he said. “We think, on balance, that supporting this additional revenue at this particular time is in the best interest of public education.”
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