Governor Doug Ducey released a tweet denouncing Nike for cancelling plans to produce a Betsy Ross Flag version of sneakers—all designed to hit the 5 a.m. Eastern Time Fox News cycle.
While Arizonians were enjoying their Memorial Day weekend, lawmakers and their staff were trapped in the boiler room, desperately trying to keep the collective madness from igniting into threats, ultimatums, or even open rebellion. Now that the West is a bit less wild and we enter the new fiscal year, let’s take a look at how our esteemed officials left some of the issues that we have been following.
Federal Tax Conformity and the Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision give lawmakers an additional $300 million in revenue. Will they make critical investments in education or reduce taxes?
Mandating district consolidation based on a false premise–massive savings. The $506 million savings (out of a total of $7.8 billion in state and local K-12 funding) estimated by the bill’s sponsor Representative John Filmore, seem extremely unlikely.
GCI’s work led the way for charter school reform, but that’s only part of what we accomplished in 2018.
The federal tax policy Santa brings good tidings as two federal changes to tax policy can help us invest in education in Arizona.
Buried within the hundreds of pages of the 2018 budget bill are two significant changes to how both charter schools and public district schools operate, widening the gap between the ways entities within each system are expected to conduct themselves.
A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it easier for states to charge sales tax on items purchased online, creating an opportunity to enhance Arizona state and local tax revenue by nearly $200 million while also improving tax fairness.
Likely Supreme Court ruling would enable Arizona to improve online tax collection.