Friday, January 15, 2016

"Vote No on Prop 123" campaign cranks up

Prop 123 is the Devil's Deal that Dicey Ducey and his minions in the Idioture handed to education. I've characterized this Ducey's Choice as Sophie's Choice redux.

If you vote "yes" you are taking the deal in hopes of getting much needed aid to education in the near term. But your "yes" vote is in favor of taking money from the (future) state land trust to fund that aid. Your "yes" vote also is in favor of the triggers that let the legislature renege on the deal.

On the other hand, if you vote "no" you are in favor of preserving the principal in the land trust for education-future and are against those triggers. But then your vote, should it prevail, denies the needed funds to education-present. Thus well meaning supporters of public education will end up splitting their votes on this deal.

The campaign FOR Prop 123 expects to raise 3-4 million dollars to persuade voters to approve a constitutional change that will allow the raid on the land trust. The list of donations already in hand suggests the real game. The high rollers in the business community stand to benefit from Ducey's promise to keep cutting income taxes every year. Those cuts will be funded by the raid on the land trust thus avoiding funding education from the cash now on hand. Thus education is funding Ducey's tax breaks. Hence my slogan: 1,2,3,Tax Breaks For Me.

The campaign AGAINST Prop 123 is just now cranking up according to AZBlueMeanie at Blog for Arizona. "This is going to be a grassroots effort of individuals because businesses care more about receiving even more corporate welfare tax cuts than the education of Arizona’s children." The campaign has a web site and the word is that Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit is on board.

The comments on the Blue Meanie's post show how Ducey's Choice will split the vote on Prop 123.

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