Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; (D&C 98:10)
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
My first reaction was WOW. I could not believe that it passed by such a large margin. I kept going back and forth over this. I do believe that education can be a great equalizer. Equalizing opportunity for the rising generation.
I did vote no because I truly felt like it was best. I do believe that reform can cause more dollars to be spent in the classroom. I feel like we were going in the direction of bankrupt California. Not that this was going to be the last straw but that it was one of a thousand cuts to drain us financially.
Anyway, I accept what the voters have chosen. I am happy that it has a constitutional expiration date. It will be interesting to see if this really will be for only 3 years. I expect a campain in 3 years of "Yes on X, not a new tax" campaign. I hope we take this opportunity to reform education and make it more efficient.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Tomorrow we vote as a state whether or not we increase our state sales tax by 1% for a constitutionally limited 3 years. Regardless of how you vote, you should make an informed decision.
ABC 15 has a news piece about it. Click on "Governor Brewer, Byron Schlomach discuss Prop. 100" on this page. Following are some notes I took on the video.
0:00 - 0:20ABC 15 News intro to story on Proposition 1000:20 - 2:35 (2 min 15 sec)Interview with Governor Jan Brewer who wants us to vote for Proposition 100Stats from Jan Brewer:2.2 billion cut out of the 1/3 we are able to cut2/3 we are not able to cut because of mandate from voters and Federal government2:35 - 3:25 (2 min 50 sec)Some time spent on AZ Senate Bill 10703:25 - 5:25 (2 min 0 sec)"Never voted for a tax increase" Jan Brewer5:25 - 8:29 (2 min 56 sec)Interview with Byron Slomac of The Goldwater Institute who wants us to vote no on Proposition 100"1 billion dollars out of the private sector in to the public sector""We have nearly one non-teacher for every teacher in our schools right now"
I would like to see a graph or chart that shows what is in that mandated 2/3 of the budget and what is in the remaining third. The point about there being nearly 1 non-teacher for every teach also stood out to me.
I also found "Sales tax vote would solve only one-third of Arizona’s budget deficit" from the Tuscon Citizen.
An article from ASU's site seemed to indicate that the budget passed that includes the sales tax increase accounts for the other 2 billion in shortfall. ("Arizona's Budget Crisis: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?" from ASU's W. P. Carey school)
This new information has not changed my vote. I am still planning to vote no tomorrow.