Arizona Sales Tax For Education Conflict
- Mar 30, 2012 | Susan McLain
The state of Arizona has a 1 percent sales tax rate due to expire in 2013 that the Governor vowed to not extend. That 1 percent sales tax has been hotly debated over the past few months. Now, a group of educators and organizations are promoting an initiative to extend the 1 percent sales tax beyond 2013.
According to Arizona Education Network President Ann-Eve Pedersen, in the one generation since she attended primary and secondary school in Arizona, the education quality has dropped dramatically. “I remember when I was in school Arizona made education a priority and it showed in our schools,” she said. “When he [her 11-year old son] started school in Arizona, I was really shocked at the lack of investment.”
As a result she’s supporting and encouraging residents to sign a petition to get the extension of the 1 percent sales tax onto the ballot in November 2012. According to Pedersen, “…people were literally standing in line to sign this initiative.”
The initiative “…seeks to maintain the current one-cent-per-dollar state sales tax…[and to] set aside a certain percent of incoming funds for universities and state financial aid rather than putting the money into a general fund that would be distributed evenly among the beneficiaries.”