In the face of governor’s opposition, business leaders propose sales tax hike for education (and 10% teacher raise)

Proposals would go on 2020 ballot

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

A plan by business leaders to ask voters for a 1.5-cent sales tax hike for education at the 2020 ballot could set the stage for a possibly expensive battle with Gov. Doug Ducey and his Koch brothers allies — assuming Ducey is still in office at that point.

Related: House Speaker gives tax increase proposal cool reception

The specifics of the plan, first proposed earlier this year, include $660 million to extend the 0.6-cent sales tax that voters first approved in 2000 as Proposition 301 to fund education. That levy will self-destruct in 2021 unless specifically reauthorized.

Ducey has already said he supports making that tax permanent.

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