Time to invest in Arizona’s education

Arizona public school students are still missing more than $700 million compared to a decade ago. This is a result of Arizona’s politicians creating a 28-year tax cut spree that took resources away from public schools and created the education problems we face today. Politicians may have caused this crisis but we the people can fix it. The Invest in Education Act increases education funding by raising the income tax rate on the richest Arizonans, specifically single people making $250,000 and married couples making $500,000 or more annually. The Arizona Department of Revenue estimates this will bring in more than $689 million after it goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019. Once passed, this funding cannot be taken away by the Legislature and 60 percent of the money will go to educator salaries. Those eligible include classroom teachers as well as non-administrative personnel who teach or support student achievement, which includes, but is not limited to, nurses, counselors, social workers, psychologists, speech pathologists, librarians and academic interventionists. Remember, no one making less than $250,000 a year will pay this tax but it will benefit millions of public school students. Invest in Ed will secure resources we can count on to fix the teacher shortage crisis and give Arizona students the support they need. Politicians created this problem by putting donors and lobbyists ahead of children. It’s time for Arizonans to take power back into their own hands and ask the wealthiest 1 percent to pay their fair share.
Matthew Unsworth

The Glendale Star

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