The attempt at dodging a constitutional spending limit was the original sin.
Teacher pay lags behind overall K-12 funding increases. Over a billion dollars a year is now earmarked for teacher pay, but the boost hasn’t been as much as it should be.
In explaining why Prop. 208 got to stay on the ballot after its 2018 version was booted off, the court sought to clarify the rules for those drafting intiatives. Instead, it muddied the waters further.
From forbidding the regulation of smoked weed potency to waving away consititutional spending limits, the details of Prop. 207 are concerning.
If Prop. 208 passes, Arizona K-12 education system won’t be noticeably different. Marginal gains aren’t worth the risk to Arizona’s economy.
Props 207 and 208 would continue an unhealthy trend of appropriating outside the general fund and the legislative process.
Criminal penalties for marijuana use should be eliminated. But the self-dealing in Prop. 207 is hard to swallow.
The Invest in Ed ballot proposition would give Arizona the ninth highest individual income tax rate in the country. That’s not encouraging company to be joining.
While there is much to dislike in Prop. 105, it will stop Phoenix from pouring good money after bad in fixed rail.
Given how deeply Phoenix’s pension programs are underwater, modest spending restraint to prioritize reducing pension debt is a prudent course.