Arizona Businesses Propose A 1.5 Cent Sales Tax For Education

By Holliday Moore
Howard Fischer
Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 9:34am
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:07am

Arizona business leaders are working on a plan to raise education funding and go straight to the voters in 2020.

Former PetsMart CEO Phil Francis is on the coalition spearheading the initiative.

He said it isn't about picking a fight with the governor.

With inflation rates far outpacing education funding for more than a decade, Francis said a 1.5 cent dedicated sales tax for education is necessary.

"I'm a supporter of Gov. Ducey's. I think his ideas are good ones," Francis said. "My own point of view is we don't need another vision for education. We need to act."

A spokesman for the Governor indicated Ducey does not plan to go beyond approving the current 0.6-cent tax extension.

Francis noted two funding proposals in the upcoming 2018 election will only confuse voters who want to support education.

One requires a "no" vote to kill Ducey's voucher expansion, which diverts a portion of state taxes to fund public schools to private school vouchers, and the other education measure will require a "yes" vote to approve a tax increase for education.

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