“Proposition 123 does nothing more than reward bad behavior, abuse of power and corruption at the State Level. It literally allows politicians, already legally determined to be withholding money from schools, to mortgage our future educational dollars without thought of any future need beyond 10 years.
First, proposition 123 does not pay the full amount the courts have already ruled is due the schools pursuant to proposition 301 which voters passed in 2000. Secondly, the Arizona State Land Trust Fund, whose interest of typically 2.5% annually, already earmarked for education, has been targeted for a raid by state pirates and politicians. The land trust funds principal will be tapped to the tune of more than 6% per year, depleting the funds principal and depriving AZ students and taxpayer’s of any form of educational security. This approach to funding literally robs future generations of money for our schools, in order to pay current educational debt that was already withheld by the governor and his majority. Might this also trigger land sales by the state to replenish a diminished land trust, benefiting developers heretofore unknown?
We, the members of the Green Party in Pima County, say the risk to our environmental sustainability and our way of life is too great, and our reward to our children and teacher’s is non-existent. Prop. 123 does not provide enough financial resource to fix the under-funding problems and poor teacher pay already in existence. In fact, the state has a budget surplus of nearly $1 billion which could be used to fund schools immediately. The state has not done so.
When faced with overwhelming evidence of incompetence, at best, and corruption, at worst, an informed electorate must act to solve problems, and correct inequities. Preserve our Land Trust, and let’s fight for what we approved in proposition 301.
Vote “No” on Prop. 123. Vote “Yes” for our environment and future generations of students.”
1st GPPC Representative Josh Reilly
GPPC Chairperson Mike Cease
Carolyn’s note: I had heard that the Green Party was opposing Prop. 123, to be voted upon in the special election on May 17. Early voting has begun, so vote wisely on or before then. Prop. 123 is also opposed by the Arizona Democratic Party, League of Women Voters of Arizona, Arizona state Treasurer Jeff DeWit.
Josh Reilly is supposed to be running as a Green for District 4 Pima County Supervisor (open seat), and Mike Cease wants to challenge Democrat F. Ann Rodriguez as Pima County Recorder.