Don’t count sales tax extension out yet

House Speaker J.D. Mesnard (R-Chandler)

There’s new life for a House bill seeking to permanently extend a sales tax to help fund public education, Arizona Capitol Times reports.

Speaker J.D. Mesnard announced said on the floor Tuesday he would be withdrawing HB2158 from the House Ways and Means Committee.

The move removes a legislative obstacle to the bill and breathes new life into an effort to extend Proposition 301, a six-tenths of a cent sales tax passed by voters in 2000, which funds teacher salary and performance pay.

Related: New proposed tax cuts abound as need for K-12 funds persists

The tax, which generates more than $644 million in annual funding for public school, is set to expire on June 30, 2021, if it isn’t renewed.

By withdrawing the bill from the committee, it will allow it to continue moving through the legislative process and get a vote on the House floor.


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