The money already set aside for Brewer’s performance funding initiative should be diverted to clear waiting lists for successful charter and traditional K-12 programs.
DuVal has won the education argument. To win the election, he probably needed to open up a second front against Ducey.
I always support the legislative pay raise (Proposition 304). This year’s proposal would increase the salary from $24,000 to $35,000 a year.
The reason isn’t that I think it will make a bit of difference in who runs or how the state is governed. It’s just a matter of fairness. The job is fulltime for about five months, with significant time commitments the remainder of the year. That merits more than the current recompense.
(Published in the Arizona Republic, Oct. 26)
Prop. 303 is a legislative referral of a statute. The same number of votes required to refer it could have enacted it directly.
Amending the state constitution won’t provide increased authority over federal programs.
An excessively pessimistic economic outlook distorts policy choices, so here’s another futile attempt to provide some counterbalance.
If there is to be judicially-mandated same-sex marriage, the high court shouldn’t be a bystander.
GOP legislators complain about Prop. 480’s taxes, but they are responsible for the current burden.
Tobin says no increase in the retirement age, no benefit cuts, no tax hike. That leaves running out of money.
Unlike the villainous caricatures on television, the candidates for state office, on both party tickets, are well-motivated, amply experienced and capable.