Grassroots school group to tackle ‘dark money’ measure

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

The group responsible for forcing a public vote on the future of vouchers will now help a bit to block “dark money” in future political campaigns.

But it won’t be backing a plan to hike taxes on the rich to help fund schools.

Dawn Penich-Thacker, spokeswoman for Save Our Schools, acknowledged that an initiative filed last week for an income tax surcharge is designed to raise about $690 million a year for K-12 education. And she said a dedicated source of dollars is needed to ensure that there are sufficient dollars to support schools in case of a future recession.

She said, though, that raising taxes on only those in the top 2.5 percent of income appears more divisive — and more partisan — than her organization likes. Anyway, she told Capitol Media Services, her group has its own battle to fight in convincing people to vote in November to kill voucher expansion.

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