The Campaign to Pass Invest in Ed (Proposition 208) on November 3, 2020 is underway and intensifying:

Please see the below ad released by the proponents for Invest in Ed (Proposition 208.)

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In the above ad, the advocates point out that if Invest in Ed passes in November:

  • Arizona’s commitment to public schools will be restored.
  • The States Economy will benefit.
  • Education funding, after a decade of overall cuts by politicians, will be restored and stabilized.
  • Will help reduce teacher shortages.
  • Class Sizes would become smaller.

According to data provided by the Arizona Center for Economic Progress (please see link below,), voters should remember that:

  • Public K-12 Education has not been fully funded since 2008.
  • Arizona has a shortage of qualified teachers.
  • Rural and Poorer school districts are hardest hit with the teacher shortage.
  • Teacher salaries in Arizona are still at the bottom of national rankings.
  • Arizona, in 2016-17, had the highest student to teacher ratio in the country.
  • The Grand Canyon State has the worst student to counselor ratio in the nation.

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In addition to the benefits to Invest in Education pointed out in the ad, Proposition 208 will if it passes:

  • Provide added resources for Arizona students to master critical skills and succeed in post-high school opportunities.
  • Improve teacher and support staff salaries.
  • Help recruit additional counselors, nurses, and educational support staff.
  • Fund more scholarships to the Arizona Teachers Academy.
  • Appropriate resources to mentor and retain teachers.

Voters also need to remember that individuals will only be taxed a surcharge of 3.5 percent if they make at least $251,000.00 or $35.00 on each thousand after $250,000.00.

Households making $500,000 will also be charged 3.5 percent.

This would only affect one percent of Arizona residents.

These are the same residents that have received an average of 47,000 in tax cuts from the Trump Administration.

Despite what the naysayers in the Chamber of Commerce, Governor Ducey, and others may say, the people being taxed with this 3.5 percent surcharge will not feel any financial pain for the $35.00  they are taxed for every thousand after the first $250,000 they make.

Vote for Invest in Ed (Proposition 208) on November 3, 2020.

Please remember:

  • The General Election Day is on November 3. 2020. Please see the below graphic for all-important voting dates. 
  • Please check your voter registration at vote.
  • Register/sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) in Arizona or any state that allows early or absentee balloting and mail. Arizona residents can sign up at vote
  • Arizona residents, mail your General Election ballot by October 27, 2020, for the November 3, 2020 election. With recent issues with the Post Office, you should consider mailing them out by October 23, 2020, if not earlier. 
  • Check-in with the Secretary of State’s office where you live to verify your mail-in ballot was received, processed, verified, and counted.
  • Know the voter ID requirements in your state.
  • If you can, support Clean Election Candidates with a small contribution.
  • Also, please remember to stay informed on all the candidates and vote for all the offices on the ballot.
  • Also, remember to research all the ballot initiatives, sign to get them on the ballot if you support the measure, and vote on them as well.

 

 

 

 

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