Arizona Education Association president fears massive losses for education funding

By Vaughan Jones
Published: Sunday, April 24, 2022 - 4:47pm

The Arizona Supreme Court recently ruled that Proposition 307 would not be on the November ballot. The measure would have allowed voters to decide on tax cuts from last year’s state legislative session. 

The cuts were passed as a reaction to Proposition 208’s tax on wealthy Arizonans. Proposition 208 was ruled unconstitutional by a Maricopa County judge last month.

Joe Thomas is the president of the Arizona Education Association, which spearheaded the movement to pass Propuosition 208 to fund Arizona’s schools.

“It’s going to have kind of a double-whammy impact, the loss of 208 and the court deciding that they’re going to push these tax cuts through, and not give voters the opportunity to weigh in on them,” said Thomas.

Thomas says the loss of Proposition 208 would cost Arizona schools about $800 million.

Those in favor of both rulings call them a win for state taxpayers.

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