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Education can be funded sans tax increase, schools coalition says

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Alexis Aguirre, a second grade teacher in the Osborn School District, holds up the check she got for the small teacher raise this year at an AZ Schools Now press conference January 4 at the Arizona Capitol. /Photo by Rachel Leingang/Arizona Capitol Times

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services

Hoping to set the agenda, a coalition of educators and others laid out options that could generate more than $950 million for education this coming year, all without a general hike in sales taxes.

The package crafted by AZ Schools Now ranges from hiring back auditors and tax collectors who had been let go by the Department of Revenue to requiring all corporations to pay at least $500 a year in income taxes. Dana Naimark, president of the Children’s Action Alliance, said three fourths of all firms are paying $50 or less.

There’s also a proposal to require all residents to pay the full basic education property tax, money that goes not only to local schools but also is shared with those districts with less wealth.

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