By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times
Gov. Doug Ducey inked his approval Monday to extending the 0.6-cent sales tax for education until 2041 as an education group which helped pressure for legislative action is mapping out what it plans to do to get some new money into classrooms — including a possible strike.
Noah Karvelis, a music teacher at Tres Rios Elementary School in Tolleson, said the “Red for Ed” demonstrations that may have helped push lawmakers and the governor to approve the extension will continue. But he said teachers are hoping for a broader agenda, including a demand that the tax cuts that have been annual features of the Ducey administration and of predecessor Jan Brewer come to a halt.
But that’s not going to happen.
Gubernatorial press aide Daniel Scarpinato said his boss remains committed to a tax break for military retirees, exempting the first $10,000 of their pensions from state income tax. The figure is currently $2,500, the same as for retirees from other government agencies