If you recall, one of the five #REDforED demands last spring was not to introduce new tax cuts until per pupil spending reaches the national average. Shockingly (or not?) JD Mesnard is now sponsoring a bill to cut taxes before addressing the continuing education funding crisis.
Arizona has the opportunity to put up to $230 million into public education funding. But rather than directing those additional revenues to better prepare for the next economic downturn or toward increased investments in our public schools, Senate Bill (SB) 1143 and House Bill (HB) 2522 will direct money toward a tax cut that will benefit the wealthiest Arizonans. It doesn’t make sense to cut taxes when we know Arizona’s students desperately need those funds.
We need to take action TODAY to convince our legislators that this is a horrible idea.
- Contact your legislators and urge them to vote no on these bills.
- Have a site meeting and share information about the bills. Post on social media and tag your legislators. One idea: take a picture with a sign with the number four (for the 4th AEU demand) and write what your school could do with that money.
- Use the AZ Legislature Request to Speak system to officially register your opposition to these bills.