Prop. 301

Nov 8, 2019

Education groups consider measure to tax rich – and poor

The activists behind last year’s Invest in Education Act are considering a comeback – they’re eyeing a sales tax hike, an idea they have routinely rejected in the past as regressive and detrimental to the poor.

State GOP Chairman Kelli Ward seeks to build support for a plan to ask voters to increase state sales taxes for education. But the proposal, backed by Sen. Sylvia Allen, center, and Rep. Michelle Udall currently lacks sufficient support from Republican lawmakers. (Phot by Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services)
Apr 29, 2019

The Breakdown: G-oh!-P

Phoenix is heating up and the sky may be falling. The state GOP led by Kelli Ward came out in support of a tax hike this week. But is it too late?

Jan 11, 2019

Tax-hike plan from conservative changes school-funding debate

Pigs aren’t flying. But it’s probably worth another look out the window, just to check, now that a conservative Republican proposed raising taxes in Arizona.

Jan 7, 2019

Rural Republican proposes tax increase for public education

Republican Sen. Sylvia Allen wants voters to approve a sales tax hike to boost funding for K-12 schools and higher education.

Mar 29, 2018

The man who took Gov. Doug Ducey to court – and won

Two years ago, Michael Pierce sued Gov. Doug Ducey and other state officials, asking a judge to overturn Proposition 123 — a ballot measure that increased school funding disbursements from the state land trust.

Mar 28, 2018

Voucher expansion up for negotiation in Legislature

With all legal recourse exhausted, school choice advocates are weighing their legislative options to expand the state’s voucher program even as a referendum that could thwart their efforts looms.

In this Aug. 25, 2014 file photo, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery speaks during a news conference in Phoenix. Hundreds of immigrants who have been denied bail under a strict Arizona law will now have the opportunity to be released after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in the closely watched case. The high court kept intact a lower-court ruling from three weeks ago that struck down the law, which was passed in 2006 amid a series of immigration crackdowns in Arizona over the past decade. Montgomery and Sehriff Joe Arpaio defended the law before the courts.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
Mar 26, 2018

The Breakdown, Episode 11: Where do we even begin?

Last week, the Capitol was abuzz with everything from talk of criminal justice reform to how to fund Arizona's public education system - and that's just the beginning.

Mar 22, 2018

Legislature passes education sales-tax extension

Arizona lawmakers voted to extend a sales tax that helps fund public education, ensuring that more than $600 million in state revenues earmarked for schools will continue for another two decades.

(Photo by Gary Grado/Arizona Capitol Times)
Mar 6, 2018

‘Dreamers’ tuition case turns on conflicts over definitions

The question of how much it will cost "dreamers'' to get a higher education in Arizona could turn on who the state Supreme Court decides is in this country with "lawful immigration status.''

Jul 31, 2017

Split widens between business and education communities

After working together to pump $3.5 billion over a decade into the public education system, the business and education communities find themselves once more at odds following the latest actions at the Arizona Legislature.

Jun 12, 2017

Business leaders calling for big tax hike to fund public schools

Business leaders are advocating for a permanent expansion of a sales tax that funds public schools by nearly three times the current amount.

May 11, 2017

Teachers, schools would benefit from renewing, expanding Prop. 301

As the Arizona superintendent of public instruction, I have traveled around the state three times on my annual “We Are Listening Tours.” These tours give fellow Arizonans the opportunity to tell me what’s going right, what’s going wrong and the chance to propose possible solutions for everything pertaining to K-12 education. No matter what corner […]