Education would inhale $40M from legal pot, advocates say

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 12.28.48 PMBy Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/Arizona Capitol Times

J.P. Holyoak, chairman of the committee pushing the initiative, said the proposed 15 percent tax on marijuana would raise about $40 million a year, even after paying the costs of setting up a regulatory agency. Half of that is earmarked to pay for full-day kindergarten, a program the state used to fund but cut during the recession, with the other half for general education needs.

Elise Ashe, who identified herself as a parent, said she found after moving to Arizona from Chile that funding for schools is only slightly better here than there.

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