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Bill to permanently extend sales tax ‘would at least get the conversation rolling’

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Doug Coleman

Prediction: It won’t pass

By Paulina Pineda | Arizona Capitol Times

An Apache Junction Republican has introduced legislation that would permanently extend a state sales tax that generates more than $644 million in annual funding for public schools.

But the bill may have a hard time getting through the House of Representatives if Rep. Doug Coleman’s Republican colleagues aren’t on board, and an even tougher time getting on the governor’s desk because it would require a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers of the Arizona Legislature.

Coleman’s bill, HB2158, which he introduced on January 10, would extend the six-tenths of a cent sales tax, passed by voters in 2000 as Proposition 301, which funds teacher salary and performance pay.

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