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Arizona Sales Tax For Education Conflict


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.”

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”