Educational entrepreneurs shouldn’t be robbed of their ability, and right, to manage their creations.
Legislative Democrats crafted a sensible proposal for a mental health injunction to deny the mentally ill with violent tendencies access to guns. They didn’t attach conditions to it until Ducey proposed something similar.
Although the Supreme Court ruling wasn’t the victory for states rights commonly depicted, Gov. Doug Ducey had some interesting things to say in its aftermath.
Does “nurse” and “teacher” mean the same thing? Half the money raised by the tax initiative for “teacher” pay would go to people who aren’t teachers.
The Invest in Education initiative is an attempt to exploit the education funding issue to usher in radical changes in Arizona’s tax policy.
The Legislature didn’t pass Ducey’s teacher pay proposal. And #RedforEd gets the credit for the additional spending it did approve.
As an independent candidate for governor, Bennett would have had more money to spend, and been more consequential with a marginally better chance of winning.
Ducey will claim that the new per-vehicle assessment is a “fee” and not a “tax.” But in this case, that’s a distinction without a difference.
Even if Ducey is right about higher revenue, it doesn’t cover his spending spree.
It’s imprudent, if not reckless, budgeting, and sets two precedents that could haunt the state for decades.