Saturday, October 15, 2016

Doing the two-step: Arizona is broke

Driving by the Continental school the other day I thought I heard this chant: Prop 1, 2, 3, no education for me.

Here is just a sample of the economic bad news facing our state (from AZBlueMeanie at Blog for Arizona).

The state expects to take in $454 million in corporate income tax this year. That’s less than half of what it took in 10 years earlier. Still, it’s better than the $281 million expected by 2020.

But that's not what the voters really want.

Last month, the Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll found 74 percent of registered voters said the state is spending “too little” on K-12 public education.

In order to get that additional money?

Well, for those of you who were duped into for voting for Prop. 123 earlier this year on Governor Doug Ducey’s vague promise that this was only a “first step,” there is no additional money for education next year (unless it is taken from other already shorted budget items).

It gets worse. Here's the comment from one of the Blue Meanie's readers.

Edward Cizek | October 14, 2016 at 6:36 pm | Reply

It’s actually even more insidious than this article lets on. On top of everything mentioned with regard to corporate tax breaks and (lack of) education spending, the state has also been cutting its progressive income tax, while simultaneously shifting more of the tax burdens down to the counties. In turn, the counties are turning to (regressive) sales and property taxes to raise the funds to meet the obligations for which the state was previously responsible, and we’re seeing similar things going on with the property tax overrides in districts such as Vail and Marana in order to close the budget gap and fund education at the level where their voters believe it should be funded.

Regarding Il Duce's "first step" promise? There ain't no second step.

But voters can take the second step this November by voting out the SOBs who have enabled the looting of the state's coffers. Blue Meanie again:

If you really do care about Arizona’s children and providing them with a quality education, you simply cannot vote for any Tea-Publican this November because, regardless of what they say about education on the campaign trail, when it comes time to actually vote on legislation they are anti-tax and anti-public education.

You can only stop the insanity by stop voting for Tea-Publicans.

Unfortunately, that's asking the insane to do the sane.

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