Opposition committee chairman statement regarding filing of petitions
PHOENIX (July 5, 2018) – Arizonans for Great Schools and a Strong Economy Chairman Jaime Molera released the following statement regarding the submission of petitions by a group seeking to raise the state personal income tax by 98 percent, from the current 4.54 percent to 9 percent:
“We all share a desire to improve teacher pay. We know that the 20-year extension of Proposition 301 and the passage of the plan to raise teacher pay 20 percent by 2020 were not only necessary, but that more needs to be done.
“But dramatically raising the income tax on small businesses won’t help teachers. Weakening our economy will mean fewer dollars for schools, not more.
“Now that petitions to raise the income tax have been submitted, we will know soon whether proponents gathered enough valid signatures. If the measure proceeds to the November ballot, then we welcome the conversation with Arizona voters over the next several months about why this initiative would do such terrible harm to Arizona’s economy, and why it would hurt – not help – Arizona teachers.”
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